Orienteering Training

Training for orienteering includes not only physical training as you would do to prepare for running, skiing, or mountain bike races, but also mental training so that you start to see the two-dimensional orienteering map in three dimensions.

This section of the website will include training tips and techniques that will help you improve your skill, and, as a consequence, your enjoyment of the sport.


If you are a club leader looking for a set of skill circuits to train beginner orienteers, Orienteering Coach Erin Schirm shared the circuits he used with high school students in spring 2014.


Orienteering Canada announced the official release of their Skills and Development Database, available at skills.orienteering.ca. This online resource has been designed as an information hub (an online database) particularly for coaches but also has lots of information that is interesting and useful for all orienteers wanting to improve. Our goal with this project is to improve the development of orienteers as athletes and as people and through that, to grow the sport of orienteering.

The database contains information about the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) as well as about the many varied skills orienteers should know from knowing the key elements of an orienteering map to maintaining a good pre- and post-sleep routine. The goal is to include skills that all orienteers of all levels and ages need to learn whether they are casual recreational orienteers or are aiming to become a world class competitor. Read more at the link above.


The world-wide orienteering community has collaborated on specific training on various topics and techniques, posted on the World of O website. See O-training.net for these development ideas to improve your skills.

updated 5 March 2019