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Underwater orienteering

Competitions in Underwater Orienteering take place in deep, open water bodies and over various distances, as prescribed in the competition rules. Competitors must - while remaining completely submerged without any contact with the water surface - reach specific points or pass specified points. Competitions in underwater orienteering are based on the principle that orienteering and searching tasks are performed under water with the aid of a compass and a distance meter. The competitor may only use his/her own muscular strength to propel him/herself. The breathing apparatus used may only be filled with normal compressed air. Enrichment with oxygen is not allowed. The only allowed contact with the surface of the water is a buoy line and a safety buoy. A snorkel and/or knife is - despite earlier safety rules - not compulsory.

ori disciplines

  • Star-course

    The course consists of • 1 starting buoy • 5 rounding buoys • 5 orienteering buoys, the last one being the finish.

    It has a total length of 600 meters. The angle between consecutive legs at the orienteering points shall not be greater than 90°.

    The starting interval is 4 minutes and can be changed, if necessary, by the organizers. In accordance with the diagram, the competitors must round a rounding buoy and find the next orienteering buoy within certain time limits.

  • M-course

    The course consists of • 1 starting buoy • 3 rounding buoys • the finish line (32 m), and has a total length of 590 meters. The time limit for reaching the finish line is 15 minutes 20 seconds.

    The starting interval is from 2 to 5 minutes for men and women and will be determined by the organizers. In accordance with the diagram, the competitors are required to swim around the rounding buoys in sequence and cross the finish line.

  • Parallel course

    The course consists of two opposing single courses, a course A and a course B, which are equal in length and reflected. Each of the single courses consists of • 1 start buoy • 1 rounding buoy • 1 orientation point • a finish line.

    Each single course has a total length of 220m (without the rounding). The width of the finish line has to be 3 m. The finish zones of both individual courses are in one line. The distance between the orientation points has to be at least 10m and at the most 20m.

    The starting interval is 2 minutes and may be changed by the organizer if necessary.

  • 5-Point course

    The course consists of • 1 starting buoy and • 5 orienteering points, the last one marking the finish.

    The course has a total length of 650 meters.

    The starting interval is 4 minutes and can be changed, if necessary, by the organizers. The competitors proceed around the course as shown on the diagram within certain time limits (Table II) and indicate that they have found each orienteering point by clearly pulling or spinning it.

Our organizers

Roman Baláž

President SDA
Competition Director
zps@zps-diving.com

Dirik Preuss

CMAS ORI commision member
Technical delegate
dirkpreuss@t-online.de

Jiří Kamprle

Chief referee
jiri.kamprle@seznam.cz

Martin Kovačovský

President referee commission SDA
Chief of technical support
mpomako@gmail.com

Patrik Fiala

Sport secretary SDA
Organizer
secsc@zps-diving.sk

Radovan Sečkár

President Ori commision SDA
Main organizer
orient@zps-diving.sk

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