In this section the top orienteering learning videos are listed first, followed by a longer YouTube Playlist (see further down page). The playlist starts with ones that cover the simplest concepts moving on to more advanced videos, with a few extra videos linked at the end.
Thanks to the Irish Orienteering Association, SLOW, and O-Ringen TV for permission to integrate these videos into Better Orienteering.
Videos that help you learn about orienteering are also linked to across Better Orienteering and related to discussion of different skill levels from Beginner to Advanced and Beyond.
The top ones to watch to see skills demonstrated are:
10 Elements of Orienteering by the Irish Orienteering Association 10 videos on the basics.
Think Fast, Run Hard, Go Orienteering by SLOW 9 videos covering Intermediate level techniques
O-Ringenskolan for more demonstration of Basic to Intermediate level techniques
O-Ringen TV Learn Orienteering with Janne Troeng for more Advanced skills.
These 4 series of videos contain over 30 videos in total, demonstrating orienteering skills in practice. They are linked to across Better Orienteering following the structure of the skills sections; Beginner, Basic Navigation Routine, Intermediate (Skills Tool Kit), Advanced and Beyond.
A few things to remember before binge watching orienteering videos!
The videos linked to here are by orienteers for orienteers. However, don’t see them as everything you need to know. There are some differences of opinion between them that to some extent reflect the skill level being demonstrated.
All the videos will stimulate your thinking about orienteering navigation. Think critically about what you see. You will find that an approach or idea that works well at one point of your orienteering development will seem less relevant or even wrong at another stage as you get better. That is why the structured discussion of skills across Better Orienteering aims to help you build skills in manageable stages.
Be aware that the internet will throw up links to a wide range of videos on navigation and orienteering, some of which have some very poor advice on how to navigate when orienteering.
Better Orienteering YouTube playlist
There are 2 ways to see the playlist:
- You can go straight to the You Tube Playlist (next link below) Note: The 10 Elements of orienteering videos are on Vimeo not YouTube.
- Read on down this page where the videos are grouped by skill levels and linked including the Vimeo videos. Where there is series of videos in a playlist, the first one is linked and you can follow the series from there.
Orienteering Learning videos grouped by skill levels: Beginner to Advanced
The videos are listed as quick links below from Beginner to Advanced:
Very basic videos:
Part 1 The Map
Part 2 – Planning your route
Part 3 – Finding your way
10 short videos that cover the basic skills
A series for beginners on all aspects of starting orienteering
Many skills demonstrated for beginners and improvers
9 videos from the GB elites covering many aspects of a Tool Kit of skills
Intermediate/ Advanced videos:
9 videos covering more difficult navigation and the skills needed to tackle it
Further Advanced videos:
Elite orienteers in action
And a video to inspire you:
A short overview PowerPoint
This short PowerPoint presentation steps you through the videos with some brief comments on each, to help you find ones most suitable to your skill level and interests.