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 Inverness and Nairn Family Orienteering Sessions

Sorry the May/June 2017 Family Sessions are now at capacity.  If you and your family would like to take part in a future series please contact James Laird: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Family Session 4: Nairn Links, Nairn - Wednesday 14th June

This Wednesday evening we have a fun family relay at the Links area in Nairn.

Directions - From Inverness direction take the A96 to Nairn. When you get to the first big roundabout take the first left, signposted Swimming Pool. After a short distance there is a right turn to the Links Main Car Park. Ignore this turn and continue along the road passing a no entry side road on the right (one way exit). A short distance ahead take the next turn right which leads to a smaller car park

Where we will be based beside the putting green. If by chance this car park is full just continue and the road brings you out  up the one way system where you can turn left and proceed to the Links Main Car Park.   Parking there just means you have a walk back along the sea front path towards the smaller car park. 

If you are interested in some other events that are coming up check out the home page which lists local events hosted by us and our neightbbours Moravian and BASOC.  Moravian has an event on Saturday 17th June in Culbin and BASOC has one in Dulnain Bridge on Tuesday evening (June 20th). 


INVOC Coaching and Training Series

 The session for the 18th June will now not take place as there is a clash with the Highland Cross and SOA coaching weekend taking place down in BASOC-land.


TD5 Winter Training

Technical Difficulty 5 (TD5) the lingo for the top navigation challenge faced by those running green, blue, brown and black courses. Ater the success of last years series monthly training series we will be repeating it again this year.  Just to remind you we will be using our best areas to practise different navigation techniques and to just to run in terrain. It will run monthly for 5 months from October to February - putting you in tip top shape for the peak orienteering season of April & May. Sessions suitable for existing TD5ers and those aspiring to be TD5ers. No excuses now.

A full list of the TD5 training sessions will be advertised on the events page. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for info.

Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50