Orienteering Skills

This page will contain information on basic orienteering skills and techniques.  The most important is map reading - being able to understand the map features and symbols and relating them to what you see on the ground.  This is important to learn as you first begin orienteering on the simpler street and park maps and on the easier courses on cross country maps.

The following documents are provided for your enjoyment and hopefully will provide some useful tips.  Please also refer to the page describing the Orienteering Map & Course   

Orienteering Australia has several instructional videos on YouTube covering various orienteering skills.  They are available here:


A set of vidoes from a London based club (Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering)


A set of videos on basic orienteering skills - from Scotland



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