Colour Coded Courses

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Colour Coded Courses

Moravian Saturday series normally have White - Light Green courses (Level D events) however Larger events (normally on sunday Level C) will have White - Black courses.


The technical skills required (as opposed to physical ability) are lowest for the White course, newcomers should normally start with White or maybe Yellow. (if you are not sure ASK at registration) 


Courses are graded according to their length and technical difficulty.  The courses provided will depend on the location of the event and the anticipated levels of skill and experience of the participants. 

This link explains the Step System of progression of skills through the courses:


The colours shown in the table above relate to the length and navigational difficulty of the colour coded courses offered at Local and Regional events. A youngster would be expected to start on either the white or yellow course, whilst an adult novice would begin with either the yellow or orange course, depending on their confidence. The organiser may also put on other courses to better suit the participants needs. e.g. A long easy course. A competitor’s progression can then be made either towards longer courses with the navigation remaining the same, or on to courses with more challenging navigation, up to the appropriate length for their fitness.

White Courses (XS) are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.

Yellow Courses (XS-S) use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams.  They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.

Orange Courses (S-M) progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters. Long Orange courses are used mainly by novice adults wanting a longer run.

Light Green Courses (S) are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features.

Green Courses (S) are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.

Blue Courses (M) are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.

Brown (L) and Black Courses (XL) are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.