Message to all Orienteers from the President of Orienteering South Australia
    In the light of the following message from Orienteering Australia (below) and the current situation with Covid -19 all orienteering events and OSA training activities in South Australia will be cancelled until after the June long weekend. Future cancellations will be revisited closer to that time. This will also cancel the OY competition and the schools selection trials.
    We apologize for the disappointment and look forward to the day when we can all go orienteering again.
    Rob Tucker President
    The full message from Orienteering Australia is here.
  • Permanent course maps at Kuitpo HQ and The Eucalypts have been updated. Thanks to Paul Hoopmann. When using this and other permanent courses remember that large groups are no longer appropriate and that current social distancing rules must be applied. For more information about this and other courses go to DIY Orienteering .
  • The March edition of the SA Orienteer is now available for viewing online.The main articles are on Robin Uppill's Order of Australia award, her life as an orienteer, and transition from geologist to IT worker. Other articles are on Junior Arrows recruitment, SA's Sprint Champion of Champions, orienteering techniques, including an orienteering simulator, Hill's fires, Top End snippets, smart phone orienteering, new sprint symbols, the 2020 interstate program, and more.Go to About Us -> SA Orienteer
  • The March Edition of the Australian Orienteer is now available online.

Orienteering at Home

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Organized orienteering activities are now all cancelled.

OSA will provide some tips here on orienteering at home.

At the moment the DIY courses are available (see video 1 below also), however before undertaking any activity please ensure you are update to date on the Dept. Of Health guidelines and follow all their requirements with respect to soclal  distancing. Also please do not undertake unnecessary travel.

You can also try a "DIY" course on your phone - for this you need to install the MapRunF app on your phone and then follow these instructions. As for the DIY courses this is an individual and not a group activity.  The PDF maps below are needed to provide the course code as described in the instructions. You can also print a copy of the map to use along with the map on your phone.

Courses available  - PDFs of the course

Orienteering Coaching Videos

Video 1 by Bridget Uppill (from our Facebook site)

Video 2 - Training Plan - see link below

Video 3 - Interval Training - various

Activities from other Associations and Orienteering Sites

Memory game from the 2021 Czech WOC site here - may take a while to download the PDF

Puzzles from Scottish Orienteering - keep checking for updates

World of Orienteering - http://news.worldofo.com/ - follow their "Route to O Season" maps – including Day 9 which was a leg from the M20 course at JWOC 2007 – see Simon Uppill’s route

Training plans:

Click here Training_plans_to_keep_fit_and_active.pdf for link to training plans


Final Events in the 2020 Summer Sprint Season in Adelaide

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Training and competition events are available from Friday 21 – Sunday 23rd Feb as the Adelaide Sprint Camp organized by our coach in residence Evalin Brautigam. Adelaide Sprint Camp will be a weekend full of orienteering training and races. We invite everyone to come out for all or part of the weekend. There is a lot happening so if you can’t do it all, then just sign up for the races. This still lets you compete for prizes. The highlight of the weekend is the Knock-out sprint on Sunday which is a series of 4 short races where you shuffle up or down groups depending on how you place. We will also be using SI-Air+ for all the races during the weekend, and even if you don’t have one you will have the chance to rent one for free. Full details in the event bulletin here, with the program as follows:

Friday 21- AM – Training 1 and 2 at Flinders University

Friday 21 – Evening – Final event in the Snap Sprint Series at Stirling

Saturday – AM – Training – Botanic Gardens

Saturday – Early PM – Training – Eastern Adelaide CBD

Saturday Evening – Competition Event – Semaphore Park

Sunday - AM – Knockout Sprint – 4 short races at Trinity College


The following weekend is the final event of the summer sprint season, the SA Sprint Championships at the Waite Campus of Adelaide University on Sunday March 1st. Course setter is Dante Afnan.

And for your assitance - here is the legend for Sprint maps


Snap "Sprint' Series 2020

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The Snap Sprint Series starts on Friday 31 Jan at Flinders University, with events on the following 3 Friday evenings.  The last Friday event on 21 Feb is on a new map at Stirling. All events are listed in the event calendar.

On the weekend of 21 – 23 Feb, additional sprint opportunities are offered. These are a Saturday evening race at Semaphore Park, and with a “Knockout” Sprint at Trinity College on the Sunday morning.  . Plus some morning training activities on the Friday and Saturday.

So what is “Sprint” orienteering – it is a shorter form of orienteering with traditional line courses, generally held on small urban map areas such as campuses and parks, and with a lot of detail. A smll snippet from Adelaide University si shown below.


For the serious orienteer, sprint orienteering is about thinking and racing hard simultaneously, focusing on quick decision making.  The courses are fairly simple to navigate at a walk or a slow jog for the less serious orienteer, but the task is more demanding at higher speed, especially when faced with constant changes of direction and route choice. If you run fast then make sure it’s in the right direction!

Courses are line format, where you must find all the controls in a set order, in the fastest possible time. Course lengths vary from 2 km to 3.5 km, if you choose the best route!  These events use the Sportident electronic timing system which enables you to compare the time it took to get to each control with others on your course.

Entry is by three age groups, and you can choose the short or long course for all age groups.

  • Junior – 16 and under
  • Open – 17 - 44
  • Veteran – 45 and over

However for the less serious you can enter either course, plus a shorter easier course.

To help you get started – here is a full legend for sprint orienteering maps. An small example is hown below. In sprint orienteering some features are forbiddent o be crossed to make the event fairier - these inlcude high fences and walls, and areas that may be temporarily out of bounds due to construction work.  See the legend for all the forbidden symbols.

A new symbol to show two level situations where you can run underneath or on top is shown below.  As well as the traditional canopy/pass through symbol where you run under the "canopy" but not on the top of it.

Sprint Symbols Two Level

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