October 2016

Home Internationals Report

Last week a full Irish Team traveled to Northern Ireland to compete at the Home Internationals. The home internationals is a Team event between Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Jersey. The Home Internationals was run at East Strand in Portrush run by CANI and the Ulster Paddlesurf Club.

On the day of competition waves were small making for challenging conditions. Weather was sunny with a cool offshore wind. At the competition this year there were five teams taking part. Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

It was great to see all the Irish Team putting everything they had into heats. There was great team spirit on the day everyone helping each other out, carrying boats down the beach and offering great encouragement. Everyone worked hard all day in their heats.

We ended up Second in the competition.Results were as follows.

  1. England
  2. Ireland
  3. Northern Ireland
  4. Wales
  5. Scotland.

We will take all we learned in competing at the Home Internationals and use it for our preparation for the upcoming Worlds Championships in 2017. Surf kayaking in Ireland is in an extremely healthy place. To make the Irish Team there is huge competition for every place in every category.

BIG THANKS to all the Northern Ireland Crew for putting on a great event, Massive thanks to Darragh for getting the hoodys sorted and to Alan O Brien for getting the houses sorted. Thanks to Mike Barry and Darragh Walsh for managing. Lastly thanks to everyone for all the support.

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Level 3 Flatwater Racing Skills

Level 3 Flatwater Racing Skills

General aims

  • The Level 3 Flatwater Racing Skills Award aims to enable participants to
    • To prepare the candidate for sprint and marathon racing competition and prepare for high performance racing on flat water or rivers where there are obstacles.
    • Controlling the speed of the boat whilst paddling over a race distance.
    • Foster further participation in sprint and marathon competitions.

 

Requirements

 

  • Candidates must hold a minimum of Level 2 Skills Award.
  • Candidates must have competed in a minimum of 3 sprint or marathon races.

 

Equipment

 

  • The assessment should be taken in a single racing boat which has sufficient buoyancy to remain afloat in a capsize
  • BOAT – Single K1/C1 Racing boat
  • PADDLES – for canoe: Flat paddle / for kayak: Wing paddle.

 

Skills

 

·         Sprint 50m from a standing start, increasing speed throughout

  • Demonstrate positive balance and trim over 100m
  • Demonstrate balance by various exercises
  • Paddle 1000m in a straight line, turn and paddle back
  • Demonstrate the ability to wash-hang
  • Turning, demonstrate the ability to turn 180 degrees using the rudder
  • Demonstrate ability to start a simple race of 4 boats

 

Safety

  • Capsize and swim to the bank with all equipment
  • Assist a swimmer to the bank
  • Assist in retrieving a swimmer’s boat

 

Theory

Demonstrate a basic level of the following physiological principles as they affect novice competitors[1]

  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of Training
  • Energy Systems
  • Warm-up / Cool Down
  • Injury prevention and recovery
  • Nutrition and the use of complementary performance enhancing supplements for paddlesport
  • Strength Training and Conditioning

Assessment

  • All techniques, skills and rescues must be demonstrated to an assessor’s satisfaction in order to achieve this award.
  • No part of an assessment can be taken in a swimming pool. All assessment criteria must be demonstrated outdoors on water of Grade 1 difficulty.
  • Generally, required assessment rescues will be kept until the end of an assessment.

Assessment Guidelines

  • It is recommended that a Level 3 Flat-water Racing Skills Award is assessed by a coach other than the coach who normally trains the candidate leading to assessment
  • The Level 3 Flatwater Racing Skills Award can only be assessed by a currently registered Canoeing Ireland Level 2 Flatwater Coach.
  • The assessment will be carried out with a maximum of four candidates to one assessor.
  • Generally guidelines will be given, should a candidate fail an assessment, as to the areas that they need to improve on.

Notes for Level 3 Flatwater Racing Skills Awards

 

Safety Rules of Canoeing

  1. You must be able to swim.
  2. You must always wear a buoyancy aid.
  3. You must always ensure that there is adequate kayak buoyancy.
  4. You must never canoe alone.

 

Entry and Exit

Can be carried out with or without the use of paddles, depending on what is most appropriate to the situation.

If a spray deck is used it must be fitted

Balance Exercises

The following are examples of exercises to demonstrate balance and should be carried out without capsizing

  • Paddle with the feet in the water.
  • Throw the paddle in front of the kayak: kayak and paddle with the hands to the paddle, continue paddling and repeat at least three times.
  • Paddle with the paddle upside down.
  • Paddle with the hands – forward, backwards and sideways.
  • Paddle with straight arms.
  • Paddle with closed eyes.

TURNING

  • The turn should demonstrate good use of the rudder.
  • The turn should be completed without breaking the normal forward stroke in a turn with a radius of about 20m.

 

Starter Duties

  • Identify the best place for the starter to be positioned and have a good mark to decide on false starts.
  • Line up 4 paddlers at the start of a race.
  • Take responsibility for decisions about false starts.
  • Able to give right orders to start the race as indicated by the assessor.

WASH-hanging

  • The candidate should maintain paddling rhythm
  • The candidate should maintain the appropriate distance from the other boat
  • Wash-hanging should take place on both sides of the boat

[1] Novice Competitor A paddler who is at a minimum Level 2 performance standard and is beginning to participate in competition.

 

Engaging Citizen Science – UCD Reconnect Project

A new project at University College Dublin (Reconnect) is trying to create an inventory of barriers to fish migration (weirs, culverts, waterfalls, bridge aprons) in Irish rivers.The project has used historic maps and satellite imagery to locate a number of barriers, but what is really needed is active river users on the ground helping out.

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Canoeing Ireland Training Centre appearing on RTEJr

Keep an eye out on the tv show “Rocketeers” on RTEJr for the Canoeing Ireland Training centre and one of our instructors, Dave Holden who appear in the “How come we don’t fall off the earth?” episode.

For the timetable of the episodes, see below:

Hello Rocketeers,

As part of space week RTE jr are releasing five episodes of Rocketeers a little early. They will be available to view on their app from tomorrow onwards.

Episode 3: How come we don’t fall off the Earth?

Episode 5: Why is the Sun so important?

Episode 7: What does it feel like in Space?

Episode 8: How do I get to Space?

Episode 10: What do we look like from Space?

 

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans for the Wexford Area.

Community Notice – Public Consultation Day – Draft Flood Risk Management Plans for the Wexford Area.

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans have been produced by RPS on behalf of the Office of Public Works, which set out the preferred feasible measures to manage significant flood risk within each geographic area known as a Unit of Management.

A Public Consultation Day will be held on Tuesday 11th October 2016 as follows:

 

Wexford Town Library, Mallin Street, Wexford, Co. Wexford between 2pm and 7pm.

This event will cover the following areas within Units of Management 11, 12, 13 and 14: Blackwater, Bunclody, Courtown, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Kilmore, New Ross, North Slobs, South Slobs and Wexford

The OPW wants to give local people the opportunity to comment on the draft Flood Risk Management Plans before they are finalised. Please come along on the day, view the draft plan for your area and provide any comments you may have.

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans for the Laois Area

Community Notice – Public Consultation Day – Draft Flood Risk Management Plans for the Laois Area.

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans have been produced by RPS on behalf of the Office of Public Works. These Plans set out the preferred feasible measures to manage significant flood risk within each geographic area known as a Unit of Management.

A Public Consultation Day will be held on Wednesday 12th October 2016 as follows:

Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois between 2pm and 7pm.

This event will cover the following areas within Units of Management 14 and 15: Athy, Ballyroan, Carlow, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portarlington, Portlaoise and Rathdowney.

The OPW wants to give local people the opportunity to comment on the draft Flood Risk Management Plans before they are finalised. Please come along on the day, view the draft plan for your area and provide any comments you may have.

Draft Flood Risk Management Plan

Community Notice – Draft Flood Risk Management Plan

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans have been produced by RPS on behalf of the Office of Public Works, which set out the preferred feasible measures to manage significant flood risk within each geographic area known as a Unit of Management.

A Public Consultation Day will be held on Wednesday 12th October 2016 as follows:

Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Whitegates, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow between 2pm and 7pm.

This event will cover the following areas within Units of Management 09, 10 and 12: Ashford/Rathnew, Aughrim, Avoca, Baltinglass, Blessington, Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole, Newcastle, Old Connaught & Wilford and Wicklow.

The OPW wants to give local people the opportunity to comment on the draft Flood Risk Management Plans before they are finalised. Please come along on the day, view the draft plan for your area and provide any comments you may have.

Community Notice – Dublin City Draft Flood Risk Management Plan

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans have been produced by RPS on behalf of the Office of Public Works, which set out the preferred feasible measures to manage significant flood risk within each geographic area known as a Unit of Management.

A Public Consultation Day will be held on Thursday 13th October 2016 as follows:

Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, D08 RF3F between 1pm and 7pm.

This event will cover the following areas within Unit of Management 09: Clontarf, Chapelizod, Dublin City, Raheny (and the Santry River) and Sandymount.

The OPW wants to give local people the opportunity to comment on the draft Flood Risk Management Plans before they are finalised. Please come along on the day, view the draft plan for your area and provide any comments you may have.