Social Media Workshop for Orienteering Clubs.

In today’s world it is very important that clubs use social media to advertise and promote their orienteering activities.

For this purpose Orienteering Ireland is running a 1.5 hour social media workshop on:

Thursday 27th October 7:30pm – 9pm.

Mark Stephens will look at social media talk, covering posts, stories, reels, when best to use each feature, and their differences.

The workshop will also look at Canva, and how to put text together with images.

Clubs attending should have set up an Instagram account and Facebook page beforehand.

Ideally each club will have a minimum of one person attending, who will be happy to take on the role of the club’s social media accounts.

The registration form below gives you the opportunity to ask questions in advance of the workshop.


Fuelling & Hydration Webinar Registration

Oct 20th 7pm to 8pm

Jens Waechter has brilliantly set up a Webinar with Precision Hydration to have a chat about Fuelling and Hydration, this chat is aimed at the Elite Team but is open to everyone and we are sure there is something everyone can take away.

Precision hydration helps some of the best athletes to nail their fuelling and hydration. The team is made up of sports scientists developing a simple and effective way to help athletes understand and manage their individual hydration needs. 

It would be great if everyone could have at least 3 questions related to sport fuelling to help steer the conversation and tailor the webinar to individual needs.

Sign up below.


Intro to Orienteering – 6 Week Course

A 6-week structured coaching program that will give new participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle any orienteering course.

Overview

This course will take place over a 6 week period, starting Sunday 4th September and running weekly (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept and 2nd, 9th Oct). Each session will begin at 11am and run for approx. 2 hours

The course will contain a mix of 4 club events including coaching beforehand and 2 sessions of specific coaching to refine your skills!

The course will be at a different location each week, including Newbridge House, Ardgillan Demesne, Malahide Castle, Poppintree Park, Bray Head and St Anne’s Park.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for first time and beginner orienteers looking to build confidence and navigation skills. This course is suitable for walkers, joggers, or competitive runners.

Note: this course is for Over 18s only

What will I learn?

By attending this 6 week program you will learn all the skills necessary to be able to comfortably complete an orienteering course by yourself. These skills include:

  • Orientating the map.
  • Recognising and identifying features on an orienteering map.
  • Recognising simple contour features.
  • Understanding the colour system used on orienteering maps.
  • Understanding scale and distance between features on the map.
  • How to use the MapRun app and orienteer in your own time.

As well as many other skills to enable you to successfully navigate a cross-country orienteering course.

Fee

The fee for the course is €79 and covers experienced coaching from qualified instructors, entry to 4 orienteering events, gear rental and maps.

Book your spot here!

If you know anyone that may be interested please share the link!

Email markstephens@orienteering.ie with any questions.

June 18th/19th: Orienteering Instructor Level 1

Dates for the next Level 1 Instructor Course are 18th – 19th June (Saturday and Sunday)

Upon completion of the training course, candidates will be required to log teaching hours and complete a practical teaching assessment to qualify as an Orienteering Ireland Level 1 Orienteering Instructor.

Prerequisites

Candidates should have a basic knowledge of the sport, including some event experience, ideally this should consist of a minimum of three public events on Orange or Red courses.

Course Overview

  • Explore a range of activities suitable for the introduction of orienteering in the classroom, school grounds and in local parks and woods.
  • Plan and deliver sessions that develop basic understanding of orienteering skills & navigation techniques.
  • Be introduced to the Orienteering Ireland Orienteering Ability Awards as a progressive scheme for the advancement of skills in novice and beginner participants.
  • Become familiar with equipment and skills necessary to organise orienteering activities.
  • Learn to carry out risk assessments and use these in conjunction with the orienteering venue terrain guide.
  • Use course planning tools to organise simple orienteering activities in private grounds, parks and small woods.

Book your place

Here is the link for the instructor training course on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/320714173727

More info can be found on the Orienteering Education page here: https://www.orienteering.ie/orienteering-education-resource/education-courses/

JWOC training camp -Portugal

On the weekend of the 11-14th March, 3 prospective JWOC athletes, Darragh Hoare, Liam Cotter and Aoife O’Sullivan (all BOC) travelled to Portugal under the leadership of Jens Waechter (BOC) to get some orienteering experience in relevant terrain in advance of Junior World Orienteering Championships in July. Over the weekend, we squeezed in 7 maps, covered approximately 45km and got about 10 hours of quality orienteering in the Portuguese forests and cobble-stoned towns.

After an early start on Friday morning, we flew from Dublin to Porto and then drove a further 2 hours to our accommodation. After checking in and having some lunch, we put on our O-kit and headed to nearby Aguiar da Beira village for some sprint training. This hilly medieval village was filled with narrow cobble-stoned streets, many stairs, some rough open areas and offered plenty of route choice. After a quick debrief, we headed back to our accommodation to make dinner and further discuss our various routes. Jens spoke to us about the importance of recovery. We winded down with some mindfulness and then headed to bed for an early night.

In order to somewhat replicate what we’ll experience on race day, we decided to leave the house early each morning, this also allowed us plenty of time to come back to the house for a longer recovery period during lunch. Each map was conveniently located within max 20 minutes driving of our accommodation. On Day 2, we focused our attention on the middle distance discipline. Now before anyone gets the impression we went to Portugal to escape the Irish weather, Day 2 tells a different story. With average temperatures of about 4-6 °C and constant rain which only got heavier as the day progressed, it was certainly not a sun holiday. However, that’s not what we were in Portugal for, we were here to train and that’s certainly what we did. 

The first area we went to was described as being very relevant for both the JWOC middle qualification and final. Runability was very good in this area however, I found I was very cautious of the bare rocks and feared slipping in the wet conditions. I thoroughly enjoyed this intricate area and was excited to see the other terrains Aguiar da Beira had to offer. Our next session of the day took us to an area just next to the middle embargo on a map made by JWOC mappers, Janne Weckman and Timo Joensuu. This area was very technical and rather slow going with rough conditions underfoot. I learned the hard way that it can be very difficult to relocate in this complex terrain. The rain had really set in at this stage so we headed back to the house to shower, refuel and take some time to recover. During this down time we uploaded our gps tracks to quickroute to discuss route choice and learn from our mistakes.

Our final session of the day brought us to another middle relevant area mapped by the JWOC mappers. Putting back on our wet kit that afternoon and facing into pouring rain was difficult and I certainly needed some extra motivation. Darragh’s wise words gave me the extra boost I needed to hop out of the car; ‘Aoife just think about it, in an hour and a half’s time you’ll be even more prepared for JWOC and you’ll be warming up in a hot shower.’ We set off on another middle distance length course and I quickly learned the rain isn’t that bad once you’re out in it. I clocked in over 17k and plenty of climb by the end of day 2 and was looking forward to getting some dinner into me and then another early night. We also had access to a pool/jacuzzi at our accommodation that served as a nice recovery tool.

On our last day in Portugal we shifted our focus to the Long Distance and the 1:15,000 scale. Thankfully the weather had dried up, although it was still cold the sun was shining so we couldn’t complain. The first area we tackled was a 6.6k course focusing on long legs planned by the JWOC long distance course setter, Diogo Miguel. One of the biggest things I took from this training was that the vegetation can be brutal and I was very grateful for the elephant tracks that had been previously bashed through the dark green areas. 

Our next session was some O-intervals. Both mental and physical fatigue was setting in at this stage and I found I was making silly mistakes so I cut this session short to save myself for our final area. We ate our lunch in the lovely village square where we had parked the car, after having first bathed our feet in the ice-cold water of the fountain.

We ended the camp on a high with a final session in a contour, green and rock only map. I felt revived after having napped during our extended lunch break. I enjoyed being able to really focus on the contour details without any excess clutter on the map. It was a small but brilliant area and although I plodded around the course very slowly, I did so with a big beaming smile on my face. 

We certainly squeezed a lot into this short weekend and got a great taste of the terrain Portugal has to offer. I left feeling hungry for more and can’t wait to get back into this luscious terrain in a few months time. 

Thanks so much to Mike Long, Dave Masterson and Jens Waechter for organising all the logistics behind the training camp and to Jens for accompanying us on the trip, serving as chauffeur, coach and mentor. Thanks also to anyone and everyone who has supported the junior squad who helped part fund this trip. 

Aoife O’Sullivan W20, UCDO/BOC

Upcoming Level 1 Basic Instructor Course

Dates for the next Level 1 Instructor Course are 18th – 19th June (Saturday and Sunday)

Upon completion of the training course, candidates will be required to log teaching hours and complete a practical teaching assessment to qualify as an Orienteering Ireland Level 1 Orienteering Instructor.

Prerequisites

Candidates should have a basic knowledge of the sport, including some event experience, ideally this should consist of a minimum of three public events on Orange or Red courses.

Course Overview

  • Explore a range of activities suitable for the introduction of orienteering in the classroom, school grounds and in local parks and woods.
  • Plan and deliver sessions that develop basic understanding of orienteering skills & navigation techniques.
  • Be introduced to the Orienteering Ireland Orienteering Ability Awards as a progressive scheme for the advancement of skills in novice and beginner participants.
  • Become familiar with equipment and skills necessary to organise orienteering activities.
  • Learn to carry out risk assessments and use these in conjunction with the orienteering venue terrain guide.
  • Use course planning tools to organise simple orienteering activities in private grounds, parks and small woods.

Book your place

Here is the link for the instructor training course on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/320714173727

More info can be found on the Orienteering Education page here: https://www.orienteering.ie/orienteering-education-resource/education-courses/

Self Training for the advanced orienteer

CNOC, in conjunction with David Healy (GEN), have organised 17 self-training markers on the Kanturk/Scarr map. This initiative is being provided as an aid to orienteers who wish to improve their navigational skills in advance of IOC 2022 and the upcoming Summer international events. Part of the map is on National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) land and we wish to acknowledge the invaluable help given by them and by Conservation Ranger Hugh Mc Lindon. 

The area is physically and technically testing with wonderful contour and rock detail. This makes it suitable for orienteers who would normally compete at Light Green (TD4) or higher. It is not suitable ground for beginners. Whistles should be carried as mobile phone coverage is ‘patchy’. The markers are numbered bamboo canes approx. 1m tall and will remain in place under NPWS permit until April 30th. Felling is ongoing in the area around markers 110 and 111. You must stay away from any operating machinery.

 As we are in the Wicklow Mountains Nature Reserve strict conditions apply which must be observed by orienteers.

  1. Participant numbers must not exceed the permitted number. For this course that is 10 people per day. NPWS recently surveyed this area and it is being used by endangered nesting species, so it is critical that participants join NPWS in their protection by ensuring disturbance remains very low. 
  2. If, while training, you come across birds that are nesting (or displaying signs of stress) then alter course and avoid that site. 
  3. Dogs or other animals may not accompany participants (dogs effectively sterilise an area of ground-nesting birds).
  4. Litter (including biodegradable waste) must not be left.
  5. All activities must be carried out in full compliance of any Covid-19 restrictions as indicated by Government guidelines (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19 ); 
  6. The Duty Conservation Ranger must be contacted at 087-9803899 in the case of any notable incidents occurring eg. accidents.

Thanks to CNOC members Pat Healy, Senan O’ Boyle and Ruth Lynam for mapping and placing the markers on Kanturk. This self-training opportunity is a continuation of the initiative spearheaded by David Healy (GEN) on Brockagh in the Summer of 2021. Thanks to David for guiding us through the process, choosing potential sites and preparing the markers.

It’s a beautiful area – hope you enjoy and benefit from your training.

Map files for printing and planning can be found below:

North Kanturk 

South Kanturk

Planner’s Course Full

Thank you to all who have signed up for the Planner’s Course, we have now reached full capacity for this course.

More dates will be announced in the near future so if you are interested then please get in touch by contacting deirdrenc@orienteering.ie

Planner’s Course Registration – Limited spaces remain

The Planner’s course registration is open and very quickly we only have a few spaces left. Limited spaces were allocated to each club to encourage a spread of attendees through all clubs.

Registration is still open to all those interested and can be booked through Eventbrite here.

Any questions contact deirdrenc@orienteering.ie

Course Information:

First dates have been announced for the new and improved Planners Course, a series of 4 online interactive workshops that (if successful) will give you Orienteering Ireland Accreditation for planning up to and including League Events (Level 2 Planner).

Course outcome:

  •  Understand the role and responsibilities of the planner.
  •  Have the principles of course planning.
  •  Be able to plan courses at TD1 – to TD5 for events up to and including competition category 3.
  •  Act as an assistant planner at a regional championship event.

Planner’s Course first dates Announced

First dates have been announced for the new and improved Planners Course, a series of 4 online interactive workshops that (if successful) will give you Orienteering Ireland Accreditation for planning up to and including League Events (Level 2 Planner).

Course outcome:

  •  Understand the role and responsibilities of the planner.
  •  Have the principles of course planning.
  •  Be able to plan courses at TD1 – to TD5 for events up to and including competition category 3.
  •  Act as an assistant planner at a regional championship event.

The course will have limited availability and based on a first come first served basis!

Registration details to follow.

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