Enter & Entry FAQs

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Entries to Championship Classes have closed.  To see who has already entered Championship Classes click here.  If you missed the deadline you can either do an Enter on the Day course (see below)  –  or – Apply for a Late Entry to a Championship Class.  This will be at our discretion and if accepted, a 20% late fee will apply – Contact Us


  • Enter any event on the day of the event including individual days of 3 day competitions
  • Just turn up at any time before the EOD Registration Deadline for that event (see dot point below)
  • Open to everyone including newcomers
  • Easy and moderate courses
  • By yourself or with friends – even as a family
  • Domain Warm Up $10 (Concession $5)
  • Other Events $20 per person (or group if going out together with one map) per each separate event
  • Hire of timing device included in entry fee (but if lost a $50 replacement fee applies)
  • Car Parking Permit required for the Australian 3 Days events.  A $10 once off fee. Purchase on arrival at the event
  • For more information including precise event directions, the EOD Registration Deadlines, and Start Times go to Event Details (and download the Final Bulletin)
  • Read the Entry FAQs

Entry FAQs

What does it cost?  How do I get a Concession Entry?  Can I get a Refund?

Click here for Entry Fees, Claiming Concession Entry, Late Entries and Refund Policies

Am I good enough?

Yes!  Entry is open to everyone.  Orienteering is a personal challenge, like a fun run or walk.  Our Enter on the Day courses are especially designed for beginners. There are championship classes for everyone, even for newcomers, determined by gender, age, course length and level of difficulty. In the lead up – go orienteering as much as you can (but this is not necessary). Orienteering Tasmania will be holding numerous events with coaches on hand.  If you are not from Tasmania for events near you visit Orienteering Australia.

How long does it take?

Course distances are based on winning times.  On average most winners will take about 40 – 50 minutes.  Just how long you take depends on how well you navigate and how fit you are.  Most people will finish well within 90 minutes.  Start times will be allocated throughout the morning so you should be finished by about 2pm at the latest.

Can I take as long as I like?

You will have at least 2 hours to do your course.  But on every day there will be an advertised course closure time.  Wear a watch!  You must abandon your course and come back to the finish by this time.  Unfortunately you will be recorded as DNF (“Did not Finish”).  This is a safety rule and is not flexible.

Can I go with a friend / as a family group?

Yes – but only if you take the limited Enter on the Day option.

I’m worried I might make mistakes!

So is everyone else. Pretty much everyone will go the wrong way at some point – even the elites. Having to relocate to find out exactly where you are is a part of orienteering. There will be safety instructions provided every day in case you get really badly lost.  This rarely happens.  And we are orienteers – this means we are really good at finding things including people!

When I’m out there – can I give up?

Yes.  You can give up for any reason (injured, don’t feel well, not having a good time, hungry, been out too long) but you must check in at the finish – otherwise we will think you are lost and launch a search and rescue mission. Your result will be recorded as DNF “Did not Finish”.  At orienteering events there are always a few people who DNF and there is no shame/failure attached to this.  Don’t quit orienteering! If you DNF on any day you are still allowed to start the next day – it will just impact on your overall result.

What to wear?

Active outdoor clothes – long legs or long socks will help protect your legs from scracthes – and runners.  If it is cold we recommend a thermal top and even a light weight waterproof jacket.  And  definitely a change of clothes for afterwards. There will be pop-up O shops at the carnival selling specialised orienteering pants, gaitors, socks and shoes.  If you are from Hobart you might swing by Find your Feet – our preferred outdoor adventure wear shop. Co-owner Hanny Allston is a former World Orienteering Champion.

What to bring?
  • compass
  • SIAC / SI Stick / P Card if you have one (see FAQ below)
  • whistle (compulsory for every event except the Domain Warm Up and the Prologue) (available for sale)
  • watch to keep track of the course closure time
  • competitor number pinned to the front of your top if you are in a championship class

Control descriptions for your course will be available at the Start as well as on your map. Carrying water is up to you. Drink stations are at the start, finish and out on your course placed at roughly 30 minute intervals based on anticipated winning times.

Why do I need a whistle?

The whistle is to be used in the case of emergency, the distress signal being six blasts at 10 seconds intervals, then a minute pause before repeating the pattern.

What is a SIAC / SI Stick / P Card?

All timing devices. You need to carry one with you to check in at every control and we need to know its number so we can track the controls you’ve been to and record your time. The SIAC is the latest touchless version – you don’t have to physically punch the control for it to register you’ve been there.  It will beep and lights flash.

When you enter in advance you will need to include your SIAC / SI stick / P Card number.  If you do not have one you will need to hire a SIAC as part of the entry process or buy a SIAC / SI Card before entering.  For $11 you can hire a SIAC for all of ET2018 when you enter online via Eventor.  But there are limited numbers of SIAC available and these will be hired on a first in basis.  If we run out then we will offer you a regular SI card. To buy a SIAC / SI Card contact Aussie O Gear . Buying will be cheaper in the long run.

Be warned – the memory on a P Card is limited to 18 controls which will not be enough for the Prologue. You will need to hire a timing device for this event.

If you are Entering on the Day the hire of a SI stick is included in the entry fee.

Understanding Map Symbols / Control Description Symbols

You need to know these.  Here is a link OA Control Descriptions for Orienteering Feb 2018  .

There are on-line games to learn map symbols and control description symbols.  Note – if you are entering a B class or M/W 14 or younger – your control descriptions will be in words. Other games: http://orienteering.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Map-Photo-Notes.pdf and http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/coaching/on-line-quizzes

Where can I find the rules of orienteering?

Here are the rules.  In short orienteering is about finding your way around a set course independently with the aid of a map and compass only.  Rule 26 is all about conduct.  The answers to the most commonly asked about rules:

  • Navigation devices apart from your map and compass are not allowed to be used (however you may take a watch or phone with GPS functions provided you do not use these functions).
  • No interfering with control equipment.
  • No seeking assistance from other people out on your course except if you are injured and can not get back to the finish unaided.
  • If you come across someone else who is injured you must help them if they need it.
  • Be quiet so you don’t distract others (no striking up conversations).
  • Be fair, honest, respectful and have a good sporting attitude.
What are the risks?

All sport carries with it a risk of injury and orienteering is no different.  You will be making your own decisions about route choice and your safety, as well as how hard to push yourself.  In entering ET2018 you participate at your own risk.  Insurance against accidents and in case of injury is your responsibility.  You will need to complete a risk acknowledgment and waiver as part of the entry process.  This is set out in the Entry Terms & Conditions on Eventor which you will see when you enter.

What time do I Start?

If you Enter on the Day you will be allocated a start time on the day. If you entered via Eventor:

  • For the Domain Warm Up Event you can chose your own start time.  The start time windows are set out in the Schedule.
  • For all other events you will be allocated a start time in advance* (different for every day you participate).  All start times will be released just before the carnival and will be available at Starts & Results.  The start time windows are set out in the Schedule.

* Take note – DO YOU NEED TO REQUEST A START TIME BECASUE OF CHILD CARE / FLIGHT TIMES?  –  Look out for the Split Starts Request Form on Eventor as you enter. Under the rules, in the interests of fairness, all participants in the same class must start consecutively but in a random order.  We can not change your start time unless circumstances are exceptional (exceptional includes child care logistics or having a child in M/W10S) but a new start time might impact on your official status.  Contact us if you need to change your start time and we will consider your request.

Can I enter individual days of the 3 Day Events in a championship class?

YES.  When you enter in a championship class you can opt to enter individual days of both three day events but your overall rank will be below any entrants who started all three days (there are no prizes for individual days of multi day events).  You can also enter any 3 day event and subsequently chose not to race on a particular day (simply don’t turn up) (you will not be eligible for any refund of your entry fees).  On the day you don’t start you will be listed as a DNS “Did not Start” in the results and overall you will rank below any entrants who started all three days.

What Championship Class do I enter for the Prologue?

When you enter a championship class you’ll need to decide what class to enter.  Unlike a fun run/walk not everybody does the same thing – courses vary depending on what class you run. You can chose whatever class appeals to you but elite classes (M/W21&20E) are only available to elites. Classes at the Prologue correspond with gender, course length and degree of difficulty.  If you and 2 other family members want to enter the Family Teams Competition you will between you need to enter the Hard 1, Hard 2 and the Easy courses. [table id=4 /]

What championship class do I enter at the Australian / Bay of Fires 3 Days?

When you enter a championship class you need to decide what class to enter.  Unlike a fun run/walk not everybody does the same thing – courses vary depending on what class you run.  Classes are based on gender, age, course length and degree of difficulty. Women can enter men’s classes. Most people enter their age group (see next FAQ for explanation on age groups) so it is just a matter of deciding on the level of difficulty – E, A, AS (“A Short”), B and for the little ones, S (“Shadow”).

  • E – is for elite orienteers and is offered only in the open age class (M/W21) and oldest junior class (M/W20).  It is the championship class for these age groups. Only experienced and proven orienteers are eligible to run in the elites.  Otherwise there is no eligibility criteria for other classes.
  • A – is for fitter people looking for length and hard navigation.  The championship class for all age groups apart from M/W20 and 21.
  • AS  – is for people looking for a shorter course (not so fit) but who still want a navigation challenge
  • B – is for people who want to get some exercise but prefer easier navigation
  • S – is for kids under 10 who would like mum or dad to be there in case they get lost – the S stands for “shadow”

Contact us if you are still unsure what class to enter.

What is my Age Group (relevant to championship class)?

Age groups vary between the classes offered.  Your age group depends on when you reach a given age:  Juniors (20 or younger): Entrants belong to the age group up to the end of the calendar year in which they reach the given age. Example: you are M/W14 the years you turn 13 and 14. Open (21 – 34) & Masters (turning 35 or older): Entrants belong to the age group from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the given age. Masters are entitled to compete in younger classes down to and including 21. Example: the year you turn 45, you are M/W 45 but can run down in M/W40 or 35 or 21. The age groups offered in each respective class: Elite classes: M21, W21, M20 and W20 (eligibility requirements apply) A classes: M10, M12, M14, M16, M20, M21 M35, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70, M75, M80, M85, M90 W10, W12, W14, W16, W20, W21 W35, W40, W45, W50, W55, W60, W65, W70, W75, W80, W85, W90 A Short (AS) classes (non-championship): M21, M35, M45, M55, M65, W21, W35, W45, W55, W65. B classes (non-championship): M Junior, M Open, W Junior, W Open, M/W Easy, M/W Very Easy. S “Shadow” class: M/W10 Shadow  Enter on the Day courses: no age groups apply. Once entries have closed classes may be merged if the minimum number (three) in any class is not reached.

I’m worried my child turning 10 in 2018 or is younger might get lost!

If your child turns 10 in 2018 or is younger then you can enter them in M/W10S.  The “S” stands for shadow.  This means you can follow them around their course.  Encourage them to make their own decisions and quietly let them know if they are making major mistakes.  Ideally you are there just in case they get very lost and upset. No places are awarded in M/W10S.  There are kids who go out by themselves in M/W10A and places are awarded here.  Take note of the Split Start Times Form when you enter via Eventor if child care logistics are needed.

I’m worried my child turning 11 in 2018 or older might get lost!

All of our junior classes are designed for children to participate.  Orienteering builds self esteem, resilience and independence precisely by letting children make their own decisions and trusting them to go out alone. Yes – they might get lost but they will also find their own way back.  There is always the Enter on the Day option if they really don’t want to go out alone.  Take note of the Split Start Times Form when you enter via Eventor if child care logistics are needed.

What is M21Sledge?

M21Sledge is an informal fun competition within the M21AS class.  Sledge was invented by orienteers who had competed as juniors but weren’t interested in racing as elites.  They just wanted to enjoy themselves, pretending to be fit (or less fit) and creating all sorts of silly races within the race – mostly to give themselves half a chance of winning at something.  Sledge is about having a good time and is open to anyone with a sense of humour – male or female – fit or not.  But be warned M21AS is still quite a long way and the navigation is hard.

I’ve entered a championship class – do I need to register in person?

Yes. Every entrant needs to check in at Registration – go here for registration details.  If you entered a championship class – you only need to register once for the whole of ET2018.