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Training Course Schedule – Autumn 2019

Before everyone goes away for the summer, this is a reminder of the Training Courses that HH is planning to host in the coming autumn.

We hope you will find something that interests you among these courses and we look forward to seeing you at one – or more – of them.

For further details or any questions or better still wanting to attend a course please contact Keith Marsden.

Keith (

Event Safety Workshop                   (7pm to 10pm)                        17th September

The Event safety Course is the only course mandated by British Orienteering for all those who act as event volunteers in whatever capacity.

The Workshop provides volunteers with an overview of safety and welfare issues that may arise when staging an orienteering event. The training provides knowledge of the procedures and policies that exist, the practical measures used to manage risk and what to do in the event of an accident or incident occurring.

Planners Workshop                  (10am -4pm)               28th September

This will be a full day course aimed at those of you who would like to try their hand at planning an event and also those who may have planned an event but who would like to move on and widen their knowledge.

  • The main head-lines of the course will be
  •  How to plan good courses
  • Tips for the weekend of the event
  • Using SI
  • Avoiding common planning mistakes
  • Practical exercises

But as usual it’s up to you to ask the questions!

The course will be based at Mardley near Welwyn Garden City, giving attendees the chance to try some practical exercises.

Event Volunteers and Team Leaders course           (10am -4pm)               28th September

This will also be a full day workshop and is aimed at putting into context the additional needs of volunteers who will be helping at the Interland cup and related South East League event on March 1st.

It will aim to cover the following areas;

  • Background
  • Ace of Herts & Interland Cup
  • Level B (National Events)
  • Team Leading
  • Entries
  • Starts
  • Sportident & SIAC
  • Results and Prize Giving.

First Aid                (1.30pm – 5.30 pm)                 9th December

All orienteering events must have a designated qualified First Aid officer and this 4 hour course is practically based and will be presented by a qualified First Aid Tutor.

Our tutor will be Flora Schneider who has been presenting this course and the 14 hour first aid course to Orienteers for many years.

Those of you who did this course in 2016 should remember that a First Aid qualification is only valid for 3 years and so this is an ideal opportunity to renew that qualification.

And of course we will welcome those who have never attended a First Aid course to join us.

The course covers a systematic approach to incident management, vital signs, unresponsive casualties, safe airway/recovery position, CPR (adult, child & drowning), choking, heart attacks, bleeding & shock.

There is continual assessment by trainer observation.

The cost to individuals will be £15 and this cost has been subsidised by the club.

Introduction to Orienteering  (3 hours)                   Provisional date  January 2020

We organised an ‘Introduction to Orienteering’ course in 2019 and it was well received. Therefore we shall be repeating it in the new year.

Once again we will be looking for a mix of those who know very little about the sport and those who have been taking part for some time but feel they need to know more about it. All are welcome.


Introduction to Orienteering (Mark 2)

The Highfield Park Visitor Centre was the venue for the newly formed ‘Introduction to Orienteering’ session on 20th January.
We welcomed 11 attendees – just able to comfortable fit into the hall and make use of the kitchen. The format of the course had been remodelled and being close to the Permanent Orienteering Course (POC) was also a bonus.
Helen began by showing the recently released video ‘What is Orienteering’ before explaining the basic structure of Orienteering in Great Britain, the classes, courses, event structure, disciplines and competitions. Of the 11 present 5 had some experience of orienteering and the remaining 6 were newcomers and had only recently joined the club. With this mix of experience, we decided to split into two groups and given the proximity of the POC Sue and Helen conducted the newcomers on a walk around the nearby area, pointing out the features and generally getting them used to handling a map.
Those with greater experience then went through a review of the Step System with Keith, discussing the differences between the main colour coded course white, yellow, orange, light green and green and relating the key orienteering techniques to successfully complete these courses.
Another hour had soon flown by and we were soon all back together again just in time to grab a swift cup of hot something.  Helen then lead the group in answering outstanding questions and, in a response to a question, Sue went into the details of Control Descriptions.
We then moved on to where they could next experience an orienteering event, and talked a little about upcoming HH events.
We finally concluded with the strong feeling that we would see all attendees again in the near future – at an event.
If any members or indeed non-members feel they would benefit from a similar course please get in touch. We do intend to hold one in the future – when will depend purely when we have sufficient people interested.
Do get in touch.

Keith (

For more information, please contact Keith Marsden.