Orienteering Adventures with Android & IOS Smartphones
MyOMaps is a smart phone application offering new options for orienteering.
MyOMaps allows the orienteer to load a map and course onto a smartphone and use it for navigating around a course without the need of a paper map. The App also avoids the need for control flags / punch units (or Sportident) to be placed in the field as the GPS device in the smartphone will verify which control sites have been visited, and in what order. The orienteer has the option of using a manual or automatic “punch” at each control site. At the end of a course MyOMaps will display results including splits, total time and a GPS route over the course map. Results can also be downloaded for comparison to other results for the same course.
The user app for IOS or Android is free. If you wish to set courses there is a charge for the organsiers version (this is only available for Android Phones at present).
South Australian courses
OSA has set up several course maps for use with MyOMaps:
Permanent orienteering courses
These course maps use the Permanent Course maps that are available for free download (DIY Orienteering), hence can be printed as a paper copy and taken on a course when using MyOMaps.
The courses will remain open indefinitely.
Belair National Park, Adventure Playground, Cse3 1.5km, Moderate navigation
Belair National Park, Gums Oval, Cse 1 , 3.1km, Hard navigation
Temporary orienteering courses
These course maps are from the Twilight Summer Series hence offer the opportunity to run a course if you missed the organised event. Other courses may be added from time to time ie training runs.
These courses will remain open for a limited period only.
- Colonel Light Gardens, Moderate, 4.0km, street / park
Location of courses
View starting locations on Google Maps
Current results (Splitsbrowser)
Tips on using MyOMaps
Turn the mobile's 'Auto-rotate screen' off
Turn the mobile's GPS device 'on' before starting MyOMaps. It can take a few minutes to get a 'fix'.
If a single 'tap' on the Punch Button fails to record, check your position and or 'tap' again.
One way of holding and using a mobile phone and thumb compass.