Organizer: Jim Blanchard (Organizer)
[DETAILS MAY CHANGE - This info accurate as of Nov 6, 2020]
Join Jim Blanchard for some skills training! For those that want to hone their orienteering skills, Jim Blanchard has designed an orienteering training day for all adults orienteerers, of all abilities as a follow up to the Parkview Middle Distance event a couple of weeks ago. Juniors who have been orienteering for at least two years are also invited. We require a minimum of 10 adults signed up by 16 Nov to proceed as this minimum number allows for reasonable training activity and groups.
The training day will be set in two main sessions with a short and fun event to finish the day. The day will focus on the start with emphasis on the first two controls and secondly on re-location. The day will finish with a relay.
The day will be broken down as follows:
Arrive 10:00 probably LCLC (address below) with exact location TBD
Meet and greet 10:00 to 10:30 with a go 4 activity to get you started
10:30 to 10:45 a guide to how to start your orienteering event
11:00 to 12:00 On map activity for dealing with the start process
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Intro to re-location
1:00 to 2:00 On map re-location activity
2:15 to 3:15 Fun relay with participants and support staff
The day will start promptly at 10am at a location to be determined once we have final participation numbers but most likely the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) at 135 N Park St, Bridgewater. We will be in the multi-purpose room (dance studio) down the corridor on the right as you approach the desk. MASKS MUST BE WORN INSIDE THE BUILDING. The on-map portions of the day will be on the Parkview map, a 4-minute drive from the LCLC. We will have lunch back at the LCLC where public washrooms are available.
LUNCH & OTHER DETAILS
Please bring a pack lunch, snacks and water. There is a vending machine at the LCLC but the small cafe is not usually open on Sundays.
There is a pool at the LCLC which will be open for public swimming (for an additional fee) in the afternoon if you wish to hang around in Bridgewater.
COVID & REGISTRATION
It is very important to read the information below in its entirety to be certain you understand the precautions and expectations for this training session with respect to COVID-19.
You must have a 2020 OANS waiver and membership form on file to participate in this workshop (if you have already completed these forms in 2020, there is no need to do another one). These can be filled out online using the links below. A health declaration is also required for this event and must be completed on the day of the event. Please follow all municipal, provincial and federal health guidelines while participating.
This Health Declaration must be completed on the day of the event: http://www.orienteering.ca/wordpress/wp-content/up... You may print your own to sign at home and bring with you if you wish. Paper forms will be available at the event.
Fee: $20/adult, youth under 19 are free
Payment can be made by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please put your name and the event name/date in the message box. No password is required.
Participants must carry a watch, whistle and compass when out in the woods.
Please check in with the organizer if you decided to leave at any stage during the day.
The safety bearing for the course is East. This will take participants out to the paved King St, at which point they should make their way back to Park View school and the finish area.
For emergencies please contact 911. For non-emergency event issues please call Jim Blanchard on cell number 902-300-0597.
Please be sure to visit the Orienteering Nova Scotia website or http://www.orienteering.ca/resources/covid-19/ for the most up-to-date information on COVID protocols.
Guidelines from Authorities
- (Required) If you have any COVID-19 symptoms as defined by health authorities, stay home.
- (Required) If you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, stay home.
- (Required) Always respect and follow the guidelines, recommendations and regulations from your local, provincial and federal health authorities and governments.
Sign a Declaration of Health
- (Required) You must bring a signed Declaration of Health document EVERY TIME you come to an orienteering activity. You will not be able to orienteer if you have not completed and signed the form. This form cannot be signed in advance; it must be signed on the day of the activity. This is an absolute requirement with no exceptions.
- Please remember to be appreciative of any opportunities you have to be outdoors, active and orienteering. Be patient with others, be forgiving, be kind, stay safe, and thank the volunteers who make an orienteering opportunity of any sort possible for you.
- As always, respect the course closing time. Remember that an official is waiting for you at the finish to record that you have returned safely.
Bring Your Own Supplies
- When participating in any sort of orienteering event bring your own supplies to help prevent undesired contact
- drinks, including water, and filled water bottle
- pre- and post-race food or snacks
- cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer or soap and water for washing hands (hand sanitizer will be available on-site as well)
- bag to store your personal belongings in so that they are collected in one location separate from others’ belongings
- Your equipment (compass, whistle, etc) as there will not be any available to rent or borrow from the event organizers.
- Remember that there will be no toilet facilities available in the woods.
Personal Health and Safety
- Your own health and safety is of paramount importance - being competitive is not! Be sure that health and hygiene trump competitiveness.
- Consider wearing a mask before and after running your course.
- For older people or those with underlying health conditions remember to follow the guidelines of your local health authorities regarding personal safety specific to seniors or people with compromising conditions.
- Eliminate contact with communal surfaces at the start and finish areas.
- Do not touch orienteering flags or ribbons.
Children and Families
- If participating as a group, consider restricting your group to your household “bubble”.
- If you are orienteering with children remind them to not touch equipment and flags.
- Please be sure to follow basic personal hygiene rules:
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow or sleeve
- Use hand sanitizer frequently (soap and water is even better if possible)
- Wear a mask when around other people
- No spitting or intentional fluid discharge (no “snot rockets”)
- Dispose of all tissues responsibly
Hanging Around - or Not!
- Do not hang around on site before or after the event.
- If you are waiting for family members, wait for them away from the finish area and maintain physical distancing from other people who may be around.