About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Virginia Offroad Rider’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain off-road education certification from Offroad Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about off-road safety.

A good orienteering compass is critical. It should have these features:

  • Clear base plate that allows you to see the map underneath
  • Straight sides for aligning two points or for drawing lines
  • Liquid-filled needle housing that keeps the magnetic needle relatively steady when taking readings
  • Two arrows:
    • A direction-of-travel arrow, painted on the base plate, is used to point the compass at your destination.
    • An orienting arrow, located in the needle housing, is used to orient your compass to your map.
An illustration of a compass