Navigating in the Field – a simple acronym for teaching students

Mr Mark Oates1

1The Hutchins School

Looking for simple ideas on how to teach secondary students to navigate off-track?

Mark will provide a quick overview of a simple acronym that he encourages his Year 10 students to use as a helpful checklist when navigating from one point to another with a topographic map and orienteering compass.

The acronym is O COMPASS and it provides students with 8 simple steps that they should complete in order to ensure that they have all of the information they need to proceed from one known point to another.


Mark Oates is a passionate outdoor educator and adventurer who moved to Tasmania 8 years ago from Victoria to explore its remote rivers and mountains. Mark works at The Hutchins School in Hobart and is heavily involved in teaching the Power of 9 Program and the TASC Outdoor Education course to senior students. He has been teaching outdoor education in secondary schools for 20 years.

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