Junior Paddlefest Volunteer Forms

To Volunteer for Junior Paddlefest, please fill in the below googleform:

This form is to register volunteer instructors, Coaches and trainees interested in helping out at Junior Paddlefest 2017 16th/17th September. Junior Paddlefest is the largest junior paddling event in Europe attracting up to 500 kids to take part in canoeing workshops across a huge range of disciplines. The weekend offers an excellent opportunity for trainee instructors and coaches to log hours with a large variety of qualified individuals while helping out at the weekend.

Please note that volunteers must make their own accommodation arrangements with the Hidden Valley campsite if staying over night,

For all people bringing gear to Junior Paddlefest, please fill in the below form:

Volunteers for Liffey Descent

We are looking for volunteers for Liffey Descent 2017.

If you are interested in the following, please fill in the google form:

Email all rescue queries to

Rescue Volunteer:

On the day volunteer:

If you wish to book Camping:

Garda vetting Process – Garda Vetting email

Please be aware that when you send your paper application to Canoeing Ireland, you will then be contacted via Email from the Garda Vetting Bureau to complete your Garda Vetting online.

The process within the office is as follows:

  • Once the form is received by Canoeing Ireland.
  • The vetting System sends invite to Applicant.
  • Applicant has 30 days to complete the process.
  • If the process online is not completed the application expires
  • If process is completed, a letter is sent from Canoeing Ireland to the applicant stating whether it has been successful or not.
  • Otherwise a new application has to be created.

If you are unsure of the process or the forms, please go to the Garda Vetting page for more information.

Junior Paddlefest 2017

Junior Paddlefest:

This year’s event will be held over the weekend of 15 / 16 / 17th September at the Hidden Valley Campsite in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Clinics take place on the 16th and 17th September; with registration from 8pm on the 15th September, and from 7.30am on the 16th September.

Registration  Forms.

To Help with clarifying all of the relevant application  forms, the following colour codes should be used;

  • Information and compulsory reading, Please refer to Red Header Forms
  • Paddlefest Main Event, Signets, Signets Improver, Adults, Adult Improver, Please refer to Blue Header Forms
  • Over 15 Clinics, Please refer to Purple Header Forms
  • Super 12,s, Please refer to Orange Header Forms

Please note that all participants must be members of Canoeing Ireland. Read more

Irish National Sprint Championships 2017


Irish National Sprint Championships 2017

The Irish National Sprint Championships, Scheduled for August 12th in Lough Rynn.

Due to a busy Summer racing schedule both locally and Internationally in all Canoeing disciplines, we are postponing to a later date. We are proposing Saturday 30th September 2017 in Lough Rynn, The weekend after the Liffey Descent. Confirmation to follow.

If you aren’t racing on the day and are available we would welcome volunteers to help.

Any comments or suggestions should be made to:

Lower Liffey Ranking Race 2017

Lower Liffey Ranking Race 2017

Date:                3rd September 2017

Start time:        12.00

Long course:    Salmon Leap Canoe Club (2 Laps of the lake) to Canoe Centre, distance approx 20km

Short course:   Salmon Leap Canoe Club to Canoe Centre, distance approx 14km

Both courses include 1 Portage, 5 Wiers


  • K2 / T2 (long – 20k)
  • K2 / T2 (short – 14k)
  • Div 1 – K1 (long – 20k)
  • Div 2 – K1 (long – 20k)
  • Div 3 – K1 (short – 14k)
  • Div 4 – K1 (short – 14k) including Deceptor, Gola Sprint, Wavehopper, Wild Water Racers, and Sea Kayaks
  • Ladies Div 4 K1 (short – 14k)
  • Junior Div 5 K1 (short – 14k)
  • GP – men, women, u18 male, u18 female, u15 male, u15 female (short – 14k)
  • Canadian including Open Canoe Single, Open Canoe Double, Open Canoe Triple


Seniors – €10

Juniors – €5

Online entries will be available through once open

Last entries onsite – 11.00am

  • CI/CANI/BCU membership cards must be presented when entering.
  • Neither the organisers nor the ICU accept responsibility for any damage or loss.
  • Rough water course with Grade 1 / Grade 2 rapids
  • CI Safety Rules Apply.
  • This race is not suitable for Novices/ Beginners. River will be in flood.
  • All Junior, GP and Canadian paddlers must wear helmets.
  • Neither the organisers nor Canoeing Ireland accept any responsibility for any damage or loss to persons or equipment.

If you wish to volunteer to help out at race please contact the Race Organiser;

Shane Cronin

01 6264363

Are you using the Inland Waterways of Ireland

Are you using the inland waterways of Ireland?

Waterways Ireland are conducting a survey on the usage of the inland waterways within Ireland. We wish to find out if you have used the facilities that have been built around the country recently and if they meet your needs. Waterways Ireland want to continue to invest in improving the waterways and waterside experiences visitors have while supporting businesses and communities to grow in these areas. By increasing recreational and tourism use of the waterways, we allow communities to grow jobs and bring income into your area. Canoeing Ireland and Waterways Ireland are working together in finding out how to improve on what has already been done. We would appreciate if you could please take a minute to complete this short questionnaire.

Code of Ethics – August and September Courses

Only a limited number of places left on our next Code of Ethics Basic Awareness Course on Monday, 14th August from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in Tallaght Leisure Centre.

Code of Ethics Basic Awareness Course on Wednesday, 13th September from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in Clondalkin Leisure Centre

Followed by our Safeguarding 2 – Children’s Officer Workshop on Wednesday, 20th September from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in Clondalkin Leisure Centre.

The cost of each course is €15 per participant and booking is essential.

To book a place on this course please email for a registration form or call 01 4149270.