Training

Looking to enter your first rogaine event or rise to the top of the field? You are in the right place. Delivered by experienced rogainers, our training is designed to sharpen your skills so that you can get out into the bush with confidence.

There will be a training day on 14th April 2024. If you are interested then register with this link. We will send details on how you can enter the training event once we have recruited volunteer coaches. Please DO NOT enter the normal event if you want coaching.

There were a number of Zoom training sessions held last year. These have been recorded. You should take a look at them:

Navigation Basics held on 2nd November 2023
The first session covered navigation basics. The recording is available here.

 

Advanced Navigation, Route Planning and Strategy held on 9th November
The second session covered advanced navigation, route planning, and strategy. That recording is available here.

 

A Night Navigation Training Session

 Available here.

These sessions were presented by two of Australia’s best and most experienced rogainers and rogaine trainers, Greg Robinson and Andrew Baker. Watching these will provide participants with ideal preparation for the training day in April.

 

There is also a recorded Zoom recap of last November’s You Yangs rogaine

The link is available here. It was presented by two of the event’s leading competitors and category winners; Elizabeth Dornam and Shelley Bambrook, and it was a great opportunity to learn how the best rogainers plan for and execute their strategy in the field.

Another Zoom recap covers the Chimneys and Ruins rogaine.

There is written material as well, starting with the book Which Way’s North. Much more material is available on the Rogaining Basics and Training Resources pages below.

Please forward these links to any rogainers you think might be interested.

Rogaining Basics

Here are the various phases involved in attending an event:

Entering an Event

Bookings generally open 3 weeks before an event and close about 12 days before the event. Teams have between 2 to 5 members.

When entries are open orange Enter Event  and Team Changes buttons will appear on the Event Page. Use these to enter your team and pay the entry fees.

There are more details in how to enter.

Later, if you need to withdraw or make team changes you can do this. Instructions on how to make team changes.

Final Instructions

On the Tuesday before the event, download the Final Instructions. These give details of the starting place, directions, and other necessary information such as the Indemnity Form. This form must be completed and signed by each adult team member, and on behalf of each junior member. Look up your team number, often displayed on a board near the gear check, to complete your form and speed up registration. 

Travel to the event and park

Travel to the event, park where directed, and all team members go to the registration marquee. Plan to arrive 1 to 2 hours before the event to allow plenty of time to register and plan your route. Parking is often limited – we encourage car sharing. On 24 hour events we arrange some form of group transport.

Registration / check in

Show any mandatory equipment at the inspection point.

Hand in your Indemnity Form.

Receive maps, descriptions of checkpoints and an intentions sheet.

Receive your Navlight tags (bush events only), and attach them to your wrist. Check they are working.

Mark any last-minute map changes onto your map.

Planning

Plan the route you want to follow. When happy with your plan, mark your intended route onto the Intentions Sheet (AKA ‘flight plan’), and mark your direction of travel. Enter your team number, car registration, and phone number.

Flight plans are used if your team is late back and we need to contact you or start a search. Hand in your Intentions Sheet at the briefing 15 mins before the start. You can deviate from the route on the intentions sheet but it is best not to ignore it completely.

Start

About 15 minutes before the start time, move to the Start Corral.

For bush events, hand in your Intentions Sheet at the entrance and have your Navlight tags activated  by one of the volunteers. This starts the scoring system.

Listen to hints about the course.

At Metrogaines, you collect your score sheet immediately after the start from the “washing line”.

Finish

Get back to the Hash House at the finish point at any time before the official end time. Teams are penalised points for every minute they are late.

If you are running late and expect to miss the deadline please contact the event coordinator – use the phone number printed on the map. If you can’t make a call, send a text instead – it is easier for text messages to get through.

At the finish of bush events:

  1. Your Navlight tag will be punched to give a finish time.
  2. The tags will be cut from your wrist.
  3. They will be read into a computer.
  4. Your results will be printed and handed to you.
  5. Catering – in bush events, good nourishing food is usually provided. Collect your plates, bowl, mug and chair. Line up to be served a good feed. Sit, relax and socialise. Celebrate the fun you had.
  6. Help the volunteers pack up.
Travel home and clean up

After the event travel home.

Clean any soil or seeds from your equipment and car. This will help reduce the risk of the spread of pests and diseases. See our sheet on Biosecurity in Rogaining.

Results

Results are usually published on the website, Facebook, and in the email newsletter within a few days.

Enter or Volunteer

Enter or volunteer to help for the next event. Entries are usually open about a week after the last event.

Training Resources