Basics and Beyond
As it stands right now, Orienteering Ottawa is planning on going ahead withour Basics and Beyond program this fall. Last fall, we unfortunately had to cancel our adult programs in order to focus on running our youth programs in a safe and organized manner. With case numbers decreasing and more Ontarians, and Quebecers getting vaccinated, we are confident that we will finally be able to plan and run Basics and Beyond, whether it would be with or without any COVID-19 modifications i.e. social distancing, smaller group sizes, etc.). That will ultimately depend on what specific social distancing rules the provincial government will be enforcing at that time.
Programs will start mid-September and will run for 8 weeks. We will be updating this webpage with more information in the second half of July. The following information is from the spring of 2020 pre-COVID.
Our Basics & Beyond program is an 8-week program for adults where we teach the basics of orienteering and then move beyond that to guide you through the first skills required to comfortably complete novice and intermediate orienteering courses. This is a skills course, in which we emphasize the development of basic orienteering skills rather than physical fitness. In other words, during the program you may run or walk at whatever speed you wish! Over the course of the eight weeks we will go over the following skills:
- Basic map-reading and compass skills
- Understanding standard orienteering map
- Route choice and navigation systems
- Navigation using surrounding terrain features
Please note that the program does not teach declination or similar skills that are not used in orienteering, nor does it put a strong emphasis on compass skills. For those wanting to learn those types of skills we recommend a different organization.
Teenagers who would prefer to learn in an adult environment are also welcome in this program.
Have kids that are looking for a new sport? Our Basics and Beyond program is offered at the same time as our youth programs so the whole family can learn orienteering at the same time!
Times and Locations
We offer our FUNdamentals program twice a year, with a spring season and a fall season.
Each season runs for 8 weeks and visits two different venues for 4 weeks each.
For some of our locations, we offer sessions in several time slots. When you register, you can specify which time and location you are signing up for.
Fall 2021 (September - November)
|Locations||Times||Dates||Venue 1||Venue 2||Events & Competitions|
|Ottawa West|| |
6:30 - 7:30
September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
(Sep 14 - Oct 5)
(Oct 12 - Nov 2)
|Ottawa Central|| |
11:00 - 12:00
12:30 - 1:30
September 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
(Sep 18 - Oct 9)
(Oct 16 - Nov 6)
Each season we offer a free info session 1 or 2 weeks prior to the start of our programs. We will discuss how our programs work and offer you a chance to ask any questions you might have.
For the 2021 fall season we have two info sessions organized:
The Basics & Beyond program does not include participation in any official competitions.
We normally include some fun additional events as part of the program. We are still determining what those may be.
Please bring the following with you to the program each week:
Running shoes with good tread are ideal. Trail running shoes are even better! We do not recommend wearing rain boots, sandals, or flat sole shoes.
We will be running in long grass and in the woods. Long pants will help prevent scrapes and scratches.
Clothes (That Can Get Dirty)
We guarantee that you will get to enjoy the mud at least once!
Staying hydrated is never a bad idea. There will be a spot where you can leave a water bottle for the hour so you won't need to carry it with you.
A basic precaution for all Orienteering Ottawa events and programs.
Headlamp (Tuesdays Only)
Your headlamp should be at least 120 lumens.
A Sense of Adventure!
Do we really need to explain this one?
Coaching and Lessons
Each Basic & Beyond group will be led by 1-2 experienced orienteering instructors. Each session will consist of a combination of instructions from your instructor, independent learning, and a chance to practice new skills at hand.
Weather and Safety Policies
Orienteering is a rain-or-shine sport. Only in the event of dangerous conditions (e.g. lightning, frostbite warning) will a program session be canceled, in which case we will send out an email no less than 2 hours prior to the start of the session.
We do not guarantee refunds for cancelled sessions. If we cancel more than one session in the season we will look at how we can compensate families for the missed sessions.
Ticks, poison ivy, and wild parsnip are common wildlife risks found in the Ottawa area. We will teach about basic safety precautions in the first week of the program. It’s also a good idea to read through our safety page (page de sécurité et éthique).
To see the club’s full weather policy as well as our program behaviour and safety policies check out our policy manual.
All official communication for this program will be done via email. We will be adding participants to an email list after they sign up. Please do not unsubscribe from this list as you will no longer receive important notifications about the program. We clear the list at the end of each season before adding the next season’s participants to the list.
You will receive an email confirmation when you register. You can also expect to receive emails 1.5-2 weeks prior to the start of the program and also a few days before your first session with pre-season program information and details.
Note that program emails are sent from a mail list server and some email systems will sort our emails into junk or spam boxes. Please check for our emails there if you do not get them when you expect to.
For urgent inquiries during program hours, we recommend contacting our on-site program coordinator, Tomas Graham via call or text at 613-408-6836 rather than by email. That way, issues can be sorted out faster.
Cost (per participant): $130 (plus tax)
We do not offer refunds after the first session. All participants will need to agree to a standard waiver declaration at the first program evening.Any questions can be directed to our Program Coordinator.