When are Events Held?
Orienteering events are held regularly in and around both Hobart and Launceston as well as on the NW Coast. The main season for orienteering lasts from March to October. During this period there is usually an event most Sunday mornings somewhere in Tasmania. See the Events Calendar for information. Mid week orienteering events consists of navigating around urban streets or in local area parkland in the evening. These events are usually held every Wednesday evening during November and December and again in February and March. Over summer a number of low key events are run.
What Happens at Events?
A key feature of orienteering is that you should find your way around your course without help from other orienteers, unless ypu are with your mate or family. Competitors on the same course therefore have different start times, mostly at 2 minute intervals. You may choose your own start time on the day, within the time specified by the organising club. This is usually between 10 am and 12.00 noon for Sunday events or in the late afternoon in midweek events.
At an event, information boards will describe the courses which are available and any other information which you need to know. However, if you need help, ask at the registration desk. Most events have a person rostered to assist new orienteers. These people will help you decide which course to do and tell you what to do next. You should choose the course which suits your experience; one of the easier courses if you are new to the sport. You can always tackle a harder course later.
Start times for each event are listed in the event program. You can arrive and start at any time between the designated times. Although the more serious competitors generally complete courses individually, courses can also be done in groups or as a family. Just let the people at registration know if several people are going together.
If you do not complete all of the course which you have chosen, always report to the finish so the organisers know that there are no competitors still out on a course at the conclusion of the event. There will be a course closure time for each event, normally 90 minutes after the latest start time, and you must return to the finish by that time to enable the organisers to ensure you are safe.
For more information about any event, remember to check out the event calendar and get out there. Many people discover orienteering is an enjoyable sport for a lifetime. Participants can range in age from 8 years to 80 years!
Cancellation of Events
Bad weather rarely causes cancellation of an orienteering event. Severe weather and total fire bans may cause a cancellation. In such a situation, advice will be conveyed via either the E Bulletin or the website. If you are not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and/or do not have relevant experience to go out on a hard course the event organiser may, in their discretion, refuse your entry.
Orienteering Tasmania has a policy of no dogs at orienteering events, even though they may be held in public places where dogs are permitted. Many events are held on private land or in special use reserves. Dogs may disrupt wildlife and stock, which may jeopardise future access to areas.
Possession of an orienteering map of a particular area does not permit access to private land at times other than the staging of an event. Orienteering relies on the good will of landowners and government land management agencies for the sport to operate.