Compass Instructions To do an orienteering course you need to know several things. What your pace is and how to read a compass. By using the Pace Line and its instructions you can figure out your pace. Using a compass is not that difficult after you learn how. You will need to use the bearing given at each station to get to the next station. First you line up the bearing given with the line of travel mark by turning the dial. Next you turn your whole body until the red part of the needle is in North (Red) arrow. Once that is done, the direction of travel arrow will be on the correct bearing. That is the direction you need to go. For example: If you need to go 250˚, you would turn the dial so that the 250˚ mark is in line with the line of travel mark. Then you turn your whole body until the red part of the needle is in the North (Red) arrow. The direction in which the Direction of Travel Arrow is pointing is now at 250˚. That is the direction you need to go. In Summary: Read the bearing at the station and turn the dial until that bearing lines up with the Line of Travel Mark. Then turn your whole body until the red part of the needle is in the North (Red) arrow. The direction that the Direction of Travel Arrow is facing is now the direction that the bearing is, and as such is the direction you need to go. Good Luck! In using the orienteering course you need to put the compass and pacing line instructions together. You use the direction you get at each station with your compass and use your pace to get from one station to the next. In traveling between stations you need to keep the compass as flat as possible on your hand and keep the needle from moving out of the North (Red) arrow as much as possible. Doing this will get you to the next station, or if not, relatively close to it. Make sure that you don't just look around for the next station because if you do you may end up at the totally wrong station and have to go back and try again.