This course is designed to teach someone who is interested in getting serious about navigation to navigate effectively. Much like learning any discipline, we'll start out by defining our terms. That may not sound very exciting, but have you ever been in a conversation when multiple people are using the same word, but actually mean different things? Or when everyone else is using a term that is unfamiliar to one person, and that individual is confused or left out of the discussion?
Thus, not only do we want to support you in becoming a better orienteer, but we want to introduce technical orienteering in a way that is clear, consistent, and allows us to be as precise in our language as we want to be in our navigation! Specifically, we will define the tools, skills, techniques, and processes used in orienteering, the landforms we see in the terrain, and the different levels of competition. Then we'll practice in the terrain, and reflect on the experience with a coach or in our Navigator's Notebooks.
If you're working on your own, this is a self-paced course that you can take from start to finish, or focus on areas that interest you. You'll set up your own field exercises. You can take the quizzes and reflect on your experiences in your Navigator's Notebook. If you score at least 90% on the quizzes (no limit on number of attempts) and complete all the Navigator's Notebook assignments, you can apply to receive the Basic Orienteering Badge. You will need a copy of Discovering Orienteering. Look for directions for Basic Orienteering Online students to determine how to complete each lesson.
Note that Discovering Orienteering or your coach's class is the primary source of information for each lesson. The lesson pages below complement the textbook or coach's lesson with supplementary resources, directions for field exercises to practice, and questions to reflect upon your learning.
Links to purchase Discovering Orienteering on Amazon and Google Play. Note that you can order either a paperback copy or a digital version.
OUSA Members: Follow this link to access the enrollment key
- Join OUSA ($10 Juniors, $35 Adults, $45 Household)
- Use the OUSA Members link, above
If you really don't want to be an OUSA member, you can pay more to Register as a non-member ($15 Juniors, $50 adults) to access the enrollment key. But it probably just makes sense to join OUSA, instead!