Orienteering Australia has a comprehensive coaching tips page that starts with the basics (orienting your map) to more advanced topics (navigating through rocks and advanced interpretation of contours).
Map Symbols and Control Descriptions
It’s important to learn the map symbols for both bush & sprint maps, as well as the control description symbols – see below for PDF downloads. Once you have learned the symbols, you may want to do this online quiz to test your memory!
Uncrossable features at a Sprint
Sprint maps include features that are forbidden to cross. It’s very important that the rules are followed. If a competitor doesn’t follow the rules they will be disqualified.
Out of Bounds Area poster: Download PDF
Article by Eric Andrews: Sprint Maps – Uncrossable Features
Anthony Scott's Orienteering Lessons
Introduction to Orienteering
Intermediate Orienteering Skills
These lessons will introduce skills suitable for orienteers progressing to the intermediate level.
Lesson 6: Navigating with the Thumb Compass
Lesson 7: Making Life Simple – Following Line Features
Lesson 8: Attack Points, Collecting Features and Aiming Off
Lesson 9: Cross-Checking the Map, Compass and Forest
Lesson 10. Improving Your Contour Navigation
Lesson 11: Relocation
Lesson 12: Plans, Route Choice and ‘Traffic Light’ Orienteering