The VRA runs training days for daylight and night navigation.
Everyone is welcome to training days, whether you are a beginner starting out with map and compass (and never entered a rogaine before), or an experienced Rogainer looking to hone your skills.
Navigation Training (Daytime)
This is our standard training day for beginners and others seeking to fine tune their navigation techniques. The day involves some basic map and navigation theory, pace counting, how to read a map, and then some exploring while trying to find checkpoints. Groups are usually about 3-5 with an experienced leader. The training is conducted in daylight hours and usually runs for 4 hours. A compass is helpful but we will have some for hire if necessary. Good walking boots, suitable hiking clothing, water, sunscreen etc is required. The event is held in Birdsland Reserve, close to Belgrave.
Navigation Training (Classroom only)
This is a classroom based navigational training day, lead by an experienced Rogainer and trainer. The theory of navigation will be covered in detail. This course leads into the upcoming night navigation training. It is suitable for beginners through to experienced Rogainers.
The course covers:
- Compass basics
- Geographic features on a topographic map
- Dead reckoning versus geographical feature approach to navigation
- Course determination for rogaining
- Night time navigational skills
- Realigning to a map once you are lost
Navigation Training (Including Night navigation)
This is the same as the Daytime Navigation training, but conducted with some or all activity after Sunset. Each groups has an experienced leader with about 3-5 students, visiting checkpoints in a bush setting. Navigation in the dark is very different and challenging. It is a step up from our basic daytime navigation training, and suitable for beginners through to experienced. Location - Spring Hill.
A course designed for the experienced rogainer, who wants to learn how to design a Rogaine course. The emphasis is to learn the tricks and traps to setting a course that will be enjoyable to all. The course will cover general setting guidelines
- How many checkpoints for 6hr, 8hr, 12hr, 24hr
- What are some good resources to read?
- How far between checkpoints?
- How do you set a course that "flows"?
- Common mistakes
- Safety considerations (safety routes, out of bounds, mines, edges of map)
- Considerations for Schools Events
- Considerations for 24Hr events
This course will improve your Rogaining, and also provide you the skills to set a Rogaine Course.