Orienteering Education Resource

Welcome to the Orienteering Education Resources of the Irish Orienteering Association.

Orienteering Education remit consists of three areas:

  • Training Orienteers
  • Training Instructors & Coaches
  • Delivering Instructor & Coach Education courses

The Coaching Wiki is divided into Four parts:

  • The Orienteers Section: The Orienteering Ability Awards aim to improve everyone’s skill levels and hopefully enjoyment of the sport;
  • Coaches Corner: Perfecting the skills learnt to become as good as you want to be as an Elite Orienteering Coach;
  • Instructors Section: Improving Instructors skills to give your clients a better experience of Orienteering in their Adventure Centre. Centre Accreditation will also be rolled soon;
  • Orienteering Resources, including Anti-Doping and Long Term Orienteer Development resources.

 

The Orienteers Section: Orienteering Ability Awards

The Orienteering Ability Awards aim to improve everyone’s skill levels from the Beginner to the Elite, laying out what is needed to achieve each award We have developed 6 levels, each building on the skills learnt in the previous to give Orienteers all the necessary skills to become better. Over the next few weeks we will be adding a large number of resources to back up the Ability Awards.

We are developing an The Orienteering Ability Awards have been developed to train & assess Orienteering skills in all our Orienteers – be they novice, weekend warrior, serious competitor or aspiring elite. By rewarding effort in learning how to Orienteer even better we hope to improve your enjoyment in taking part in our events.

Summary of each level and what will be taught and assessed

OAA 1 Beginners: (Colour Code: Yellow)

Ability Awards One Skills Summary
This is a basic introduction to Orienteering. This will concentrate on understanding the most common symbols & colours and knowing what an orienteering course is, as well as orientating your map, how to choose your route & what do if you think you’re lost.
Want to test yourself? See if you can answer all of these!
Answers available from Director of orienteering Education, email below!

OAA 2 Novices: (Colour Code: Orange)


Ability Awards Two Skills Summary
This is an important award as it will introduces many intermediate skills, which will be necessary to be learnt to progress and become expert. We will introduce structured Route Choice & Relocation system development as well as certain mental skills to keep control of yourself and your race.
Want to test yourself? See if you can answer all of these!
Answers available from Director of orienteering Education, email below!

OAA 3 Improver: (Colour Code: Red)


Ability Awards Three Skills Summary
This is an important award as it will introduces many intermediate skills, which will be necessary to be learnt to progress and become expert. We will introduce structured Route Choice & Relocation system development as well as certain mental skills to keep control of yourself and your race.

Want to test yourself? See if you can answer all of these!
Answers available from Director of orienteering Education, email below!

OAA 4 Advanced: (Colour Code: Blue)


Ability Awards Four Skills Summary
At this level, we will be adding depth to the skills learnt at OAA3. Very few new skills will be added, but the aim is for the automation of skills & techniques and refining of your route choice planning system. Self-appraisal will be introduced so that the Orienteer can start to become objectively critical of your performance.
Want to test yourself? See if you can answer all of these!
Answers available from Director of orienteering Education, email below!

OAA 5 Expert: (Colour Code: Brown)


Ability Awards Five Skills Summary
IOA Coaches instead of IOA Instructors will teach this level as there will be an emphasis on Personal development and perfecting skills instead of teaching skills.
Want to test yourself? See if you can answer all of these! (This is a draft at present)
Answers available from Director of orienteering Education, email below!

OAA 6 Elite: (Colour Code: Green*)


Ability Awards Six Skills Summary
This level will be for Orienteers who are aiming at performing at an Elite level at national & international level.
Want to test yourself? See if you can answer all of these! (This is a draft at present)
Answers available from Director of orienteering Education, email below!

 

Training resources will be added soon which will help you to improve your skills. Better to find a good Coach or Instructor. Better still become an Instructor or Coach! Here is a taste of what is coming:

  • New to orienteering?[DRAFT]
  • Understanding the Map [DRAFT]
  • Orienteering Knowledge & Skills required to know for Orienteering Ability Award One
  • Orienteering Knowledge & Skills required to know for Orienteering Ability Award Two
  • Orienteering Knowledge & Skills required to know for Orienteering Ability Award Three
  • Orienteering Knowledge & Skills required to know for Orienteering Ability Award Four
  • Orienteering Knowledge & Skills required to know for Orienteering Ability Award Five
  • Orienteering Knowledge & Skills required to know for Orienteering Ability Award Six

 

The Instructors Section:

Our Instructor Training certification is part of Coaching Ireland’s Adventure Sport Accreditation Framework, which has been agreed between the seven main Adventure NGB’s. At present we are delivering two levels of Orienteering Instructor training courses. Stage 1 Orienteering Instructor and Stage 2: Advanced Orienteering Instructor.

All Instructors will be required to conform with our IOA Instructor Accreditation scheme, whereby every Instructor confirms that they will abide by the rules laid down by the Irish Orienteering Association and the Irish Sports Council. We will also be launching our Training Centre Accreditation scheme, helping OEC’s and other Adventure sports training centres. More details will be added very soon.


Orienteering Instructor:

Course Aim:

  • Become competent to instruct Beginner Orienteering OAA1 & OAA2 skills in Urban Areas. (Grade 1 Terrain);
  • Able to assess level One skills in Urban Parkland Areas. (Grade 1 Terrain);

Entry Requirements:

    • 16 years or older;
    • Be proficient in OAA level 2 in both Urban parkland & Forested areas (Grade 1 & 2 Terrain) as a minimum;
    • Normally resident within the Republic of Ireland;

Course Duration

  • 1.5 Days (12hrs)(4 hours on Instructor skills, 4 hours on building lesson plans for OAA1 & another 4 hours on OAA2 lesson plans)
  • 4hr Assessment

Assessment:

  • Show your Preparation & Organisation of a session for novice group in grade 1 Terrain;
  • Deliver a session involving any skill within OAA1 or OAA2;
  • Prepare an Evaluation on your own performance while delivering the session observed;
  • Partake in a Debrief to discus ways you can improve your future sessions;
  • Demonstrate a through knowledge of Orienteering skills being taught, adaptation & progressions;
  • Answer questions on any other aspects covered in training course & manual;
  • Candidates personal skills ability may be assessed;

Method of Assessment

  • Practical Assessment;
  • Lesson appraisal & Self Appraisal of lesson plan;
  • Demonstrate Personal OAA2 ability;

Certification

  • By Irish Orienteering Association & Coaching Ireland under the Adventure sports Framework;
  • Valid for 1 year to allow trainees to fulfil Accreditation requirements;
  • Re-Validation for 3 years when O.I. Accreditation requirements are met;

To take part in this course, please fill in this form here

If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning of this Course, Please fill in this form.



Advanced Orienteering Instructor:

Course Aim:

  • Become competent to instruct Orienteering skills up to 3 on grade 1 & 2 terrain (Urban & Forested Areas);
  • Able to assess up to OAA3 in grade two Terrain;

Entry Requirements:

  • Obtained OOA3 or higher in all three grades of terrain;
  • 18 years or older;
  • Hold Stage 1: Orienteering Instructor Accreditation (Or meet our Recognition of Prior Learning requirements for this course);
  • Normally resident within the Republic of Ireland;

Course Duration:

  • 3 Days (24hrs);
  • 1 Day Assessment;

Assessment:

  • Show your Preparation & Organisation of a session for a group in grade 1 & 2 Terrain;
  • Deliver a session involving any skills up to OAA3;
  • Prepare an Evaluation on your own performance while delivering the session observed;
  • Partake in a Debrief to discus ways you can improve your future sessions;
  • Demonstrate a through knowledge of Orienteering skills being taught, adaptation & progressions;
  • Answer questions on any other aspects covered in training course & manual;
  • Candidates personal skills ability may be assessed;

Method of Assessment:

  • Practical Assessment;
  • Lesson appraisal & Self Appraisal of lesson plan;
  • Demonstrate Personal OAA3 ability;
  • Attendance of Non-formal Interview of both Assessors;

Certification:

  • By Irish Orienteering Association & Coaching Ireland under the Adventure Framework;
  • Re-Validation for 3 years when AOI Accreditation requirements are met;

To take part in this course, please fill in this form here;

If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning of this Course, Please fill in this form.


Senior Orienteering Instructor:

Course Aim

  • Become competent to instruct Advanced Orienteering skills (OOA4) on each of the three grades of Terrain;
  • Able to assess OOA4 in all grades of terrain;

Entry Requirements

  • Registration with IOA as a stage 3 Senior Instructor Trainee;
  • Attained IOA Course Tutoring Qualification;
  • Obtained OAA 4 or higher in grade 3 Terrain;
  • Be proficient in OOA4 or higher in all three grades of terrain;
  • 21 years or older;
  • Hold Stage 2: Advanced Orienteering Instructor Accreditation (Or meet our Recognition of Prior Learning requirements for this course);
  • Normally resident within the Republic of Ireland;

Course Duration

  • 4 Days Training Course;
  • 2 Days Assessment preparation;
  • 1 Day Assessment;

Course Content

Day One Urban Parkland (public or private) Grade 1 Terrain;

  • Development of lesson plans to teach OAA1 to 4 in grade 1 terrain;
  • Analysis of skills & techniques & provide feedback;
  • Optimise indoor facilities for teaching Orienteering Skills;
  • Use focused games, drills & tasks in teaching orienteering;
  • Personal assessment of OAA1 to 4 skills in Grade 1 Terrain;

Day Two Forest Area, Grade 2 Terrain;

  • Development of lesson plans to teach OAA1 to 4 in grade 2 terrain;
  • Analysis of skills & techniques & provide feedback;
  • Selecting locations to optimise tasks & skill acquisition;
  • Use focused games, drills & tasks in teaching orienteering;
  • Personal Instruction skills & group briefings;
  • Personal assessment of OAA1 to 4 skills in Grade 2 Terrain;

Day Three Open Mountain, Grade 3 Terrain;

  • Development of lesson plans to teach OAA1 to 4 in grade 3 terrain;
  • Analysis of skills & techniques & provide feedback;
  • Selecting locations to optimise tasks & skill acquisition;
  • Use focused games, drills & tasks in teaching orienteering;
  • Personal Instruction skills & group briefings;
  • Personal assessment of OAA1 to 4 skills in Grade 3 Terrain;
  • Trip Planning Guidelines;

Day Four Classroom Based

  • Risk Assessment – Environment (Weather & impact);
  • Risk Assessment – Group safety – Management & Communication;
  • Communication & Leadership styles & group control;
  • Teaching Advanced Skills;
  • Show awareness of the different competitive disciplines within Orienteering;
  • Management of a First Aid incident in each grade of terrain;

Assessment

  • Demonstrate ability to instruct OAA1 to 4 in all grades of terrain;
  • Demonstrate ability to competently assess OAA1 to 4 in all grades of terrain;
  • Prepare a self appraisal of the lesson plan taught;
  • Demonstrate a through knowledge of Orienteering Skills being taught, including adaptations & progressions, including own original work;

Method of Assessment

  • Practical Assessment – Instructional Skills;
  • Attend an interview at which to defend you self appraisal;
  • Present a short lecture on a relevant topic (Assessors may waive if they have seen enough);

Certification

  • By Irish Orienteering Association;
  • Valid for 1 year to allow trainee fulfil Accreditation requirements;
  • Re-Validation for 3 years when SOI Accreditation requirements are met;

THIS COURSE IS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

 

Specialist Orienteering Instructor Courses

Mountain Bike Orienteering Instructor


Course Aim:

  • Be competent to instruct relevant Orienteering skills to become a competent Mountain Bike Orienteers;
  • Be able to instruct basic relevant Mountain Bike Skills,Cycling Ireland’s Gearing UpOr These;
  • Able to assess both Orienteering skills and basic Mountain Biking skills relevant for MTBO terrain in Ireland (Some Other Useful resources:Bike NZ Skills Manual)
  • After attending this course you will be able to introduce and develop participants in the skills to become a competent MTBO’r!


THIS COURSE IS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

Specialist Trail Orienteering Instructor


Course Aim:

  • Be able to competently Instruct the Micro Navigation skills necessary to become competent in Trail Orienteer. This course will also include other inclusive formats of Orienteering up to OAA 1 to 3 on suitable Urban & Forested terrain;
  • After attending this course you will be able to introduce and develop participants in the finer elements of TrailO;
  • Able to assess for level 1 to 4 OAA in suitable grade 1 & 2 Terrain;


THIS COURSE IS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

Mountain Navigation Instructor


Course Aim:

  • Able to Instruct Advanced Navigation skills in High Mountain, remote areas in all weather conditions.
  • Aimed at improving all users of the Irish Mountains and improving their navigation skills above and beyond what is available in any course presently available.While you will be instructing Orienteering skills in open mountain areas, you will also be able to introduce and progress the advanced navigation skills to Mountain Runners, Adventure racers and hill walkers.
  • Able to assess all appropriate skills in all types of terrain so that the participants are confident in their own Navigation ability, using OSI and Orienteering maps;


THIS COURSE IS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

Accrediting Orienteering Training Centres


We will be launching our Orienteering Training Centres Accreditation scheme in the near future. This scheme will help all providers of Orienteering to improve their delivery of high quality experiences for their clients, regardless of age or ability. More details will be released in the near future.

Basic Accreditation will concentrate on having Adequate safety systems, including insurance cover are in place to keep both participants and Instructors safe, while having some basic requirements which contribute to providing good quality tuition, maps and equipment which will allow quality sessions to be delivered regardless of area. This will take over from what was promised after AFAS was wound up (Remember that?). We envisage that recognition will cover only the standards of tuition and safety on IOA training, Instruction and coaching activities.

IOA accredited Orienteering Training Centres will have qualified instructors working with structured and organised syllabus and programmes for developing Orienteering. This means the standard of instruction and certification is uniform from centre to centre. Participants on an Orienteering training course will be taught using the step by step Orienteering Ability Awards syllabus, throughout Ireland.
We will be also offering a number of courses to Accredited centres in:

  • Orienteering Event management (Or);
  • Electronic Timing systems training (SI);
  • Course planning;
  • First Aid courses (REC 2 & 3);
  • Instructor training;
  • Cartography course;
  • Mapping Services;

We will also be offering more in-depth Training and resources for Orienteering Training Centres in the following terrains:

  • Orienteering for Urban areas: Supporting the development of Sprint & Urban Orienteering racing, including Orienteering in Primary & Secondary Schools;
  • Orienteering for Forest areas: Supporting the Development of Middle Distance and other formats;
  • Orienteering for Open Mountain areas: Supporting the Development of Long Distance, Mountain Marathons, Rogaines and Adventure Racing;

 

Coaches Corner

Coaching Courses: These will be in-line with the Long Term Orienteer Development Plan & Aimed at the Sport Orienteering Individuals  IOA Long Term Orienteer Development Draft Plan We will be developing four Coaching courses which will build upon the skills learnt at instructor courses and allow the Coach to help their athletes perfect the skills to help them to become expert & Elite Orienteers The four course are:

  • Level 1: Personal Coach(Improving of Personal Skills;
  • level 2: Club Coach(Competitive Training & Racing);
  • Level 2.5: Provincial Coach(Talent/Performer ITC*);
  • Level 3: National Coach(Competing & Winning Internationally);

All courses will be certified by the Irish Orienteering Association and Accredited by Coaching Ireland. In the future, all of our courses will also be accredited by FETAC/HETAC. This work is on-going with the Instructor course first to be FETAC accredited. We would like to thank Jeff Cochrane of Kinsale College of Further Education who been assisting with this, no so small task.

All these courses will be open to all, but priority will be given to IOA Club Members and active coaches and Instructors.

All Coaches will be required to conform with our IOA Coach Accreditation scheme, whereby every coach confirms that they will abide by the rules laid down by the Irish Orienteering Association and the Irish Sports Council. We will also be launching our Training Centre Accreditation scheme, helping OEC’s and other Adventure sports training centres. More details will be added very soon.

*ITC: Identification, Transfer & Confirmation of Performers

Personal Orienteering Coach

The award will give you all of the knowledge and information you need to coach Orienteers. You will be able to independently prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions to groups of adults or children. * Coaching Skills which will be included on this course are:

  1. The Roles, Values & Styles of the Coach;
  2. Communication skills;
  3. Preparing, Delivery, Organisation & Evaluation of a Coaching Session;
  4. Athlete Development – Mental & Physical Skills Training;
  5. Introduction to Skill Analysis;
  6. Ethics & Risk management in Orienteering;
  7. Planning a Coaching Session;

You will be expected to be of a good Orienteering standard to attend this course, as we will not be teaching Orienteering skills, we will be facilitating you to apply the coaching principles to your Orienteering knowledge to construct enjoyable coaching sessions. The course will be of four days in duration with the second weekend being taken up with assessments.

To take part in this course, please fill in this form here.

If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning of this Course, Please fill in this form.


 Orienteering Club Coach

This Coaching award will deepen your technical coaching skills in the areas of Communication, giving effective feedback & evaluation while giving you the skills to plan a full season of activities with progressions for your club, including goal setting & periodisation of training principles. This course will take approx 6 Days, including any required Assessments in the form of an organised club training days; More details will be posted closer to the time of its launch.

THIS COURSE IS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.



Provincial/National Coach

We intend to add an extra course to help with the transition from club and National competition to International competition; The course will have modules in:

  • Performance Orientated Coaching Skills;
  • Focus on Talent ITC (Identification, Transfer & Confirmation) Skills;
  • High level Competition Preparation strategy building;
  • Organising a Training & competition Year (the Coach & the Athlete);

THIS COURSE IS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.



National/International Coach

This course will support the learning of our National Coaches at Junior, Senior and Masters International competitors; The course will have modules in:

  • High Performance Focus;
  • Maximise podium attainment;
  • Planning the Career of the Coach & the Athlete);

THIS COURSE IS IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

 

Coaching Resources

Here you will find a mix of resources you may find helpful.

Coaching Document Templates:

  • IOA Orienteering Education Course Application Form
  • Session Attendance Sheets
  • Medical Information & Parental Consent form
  • Risk assessment Form
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Why have an Emergency Plan?
  • Emergency Planning guide for Clubs
  • Incident Report Form
  • Session Planner – Long Detailed (Required for Assessment)
  • Session Planner – Short
  • Session Planner – Short (Alternate)
  • Race Analysis v1
  • Coach Self-Evaluation Form
  • Log book
  • Course & Tutor Evaluation form
  • SEASON Attendance Sheet
  • Periodisation Plan for a Season


These are just examples and can be amended, changed for your own use.

Maps:



JPEG versions of these maps are available for use with PurplePen. OCAD versions are not available, yet.

Games:

Controls:

Event & Traffic Management Signage


Signs are available to purchase, please contact the Director of Orienteering Education, email below

Others:

Coaching with OCAD By Jan Skricka:

Do you want to share any coaching tips? Email address is below!

These resources are not to be used, commercial or otherwise, without prior written consent being explicitly received from the Director of Orienteering Education.

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Sport Science Research

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Ed Niland Director of Orienteering Education

coaching[at]orienteering[dot]ie Or: director[dot]orienteeingeducation[at]gmail[dot]com