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Lake to Sea May Bank Holiday – Rescue crews

Race Notice

The inaugural Lake to Sea Race will take place on Saturday 05th May 2018. The race will start at Salmon Leap Canoe Club and finish at the Sean O’Casey Bridge, in Dublin City Centre. Race length approximately 23km.

A complete race notice and guide with information on classes, logistics and race rules will be published in due course. Entry will be via the Canoeing Ireland database once opened.

To sign up for rescue, please fill in the google form indicating where you would be able to support the race –

Timings for each rescue station are estimated on the google form.

GDPR Seminar

Dear NGB,

Information attached will be of interest to yourselves and to clubs in your area, any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

The EU are bringing into force a new regulation on data protection called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), which is coming into effect on the 25th May 2018. The GDPR strengthens individual’s rights in respect to their personal data that any organisation may hold on them. This will not only affect businesses, but also voluntary bodies, community groups and sporting organisations.

To help clubs/groups prepare for how this may affect them, South Dublin County Sports Partnerships, South Dublin Volunteer Centre, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership are hosting two practical information seminars.

  • Monday, 16th of April at 7pm in Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22
  • Monday, 30th of April from 6:30pm in The Wood Quay Venue (Behind Dublin City Council Civic Offices)

The regulation will be enforced from May 2018 and the transition period is now. This is your chance to find out the facts about how the GDPR will affect your club/group and the simple steps you can take to get started on the path to being GDPR compliant.

The seminar will address:

  • An overview of the Data Protection legislation
  • Specific changes arising from GDPR
  • Impact to sports clubs
  • Tools and supports available

Of particular interest to the person in the club/group responsible for managing membership information, admission is free, but places are limited and must be pre-registered. To get your ticket please follow the links below.

Monday 16th of April

Monday 30th of April



Kind Regards

Robert Abbey

Clerical Officer | Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership | Community, Culture, Economic and Emergency Services | Dublin City Council |
Floor 4, 3 Palace Street, Dublin 2

* | T: 01 222 5025 | W:

Workshops for TDU AGM: 15th April 2018

Canoe Poling & Lining/Tracking workshop.
Location: Canoeing Ireland Liffey Training Centre.
Time 9am
Date April 15th
This workshop is open to any Trainee or qualified Level 2, 3 or 4 canoe instructor. The aim of this workshop is to up-skill Instructors and help develop the teaching of canoe Poling and Lining/Tracking in Ireland as it has become a bigger part of our award scheme.
You will need all your paddling kit, canoe and a pole if you have one or can borrow one.
This workshop will be facilitated by Keith Fitsimons
Prebooking essential follow link:…

Level 3 kayak skills Assessment Benchmarking 
Location: Canoeing Ireland Liffey Training Centre.
Time 9am
Date April 15th

This CPD is based around establishing a common minimum level of competency we expect from our students when they pass a level 3 kayak skills award.
The day will focus on all aspects of the level 3 skills assessment.
This is a great CPD for trainee and qualified instructors level 3, 4 & 5 instructors to ensure the level they are assessing to is in line with a national standard.
This CPD will be facilitated by Colin Wong

Pre booking essential…

TDU AGM update: 15th April 2018 – Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod

Please see the following documents with regards the Training and Development Unit AGM.

TDU AGM Agenda 2018
Location: Canoeing Ireland Training centre, Strawberry beds, Dublin
Date: 15/04/2018
Time: 16:00

A. Minutes from previous AGM
B. Executive officers reports
C. Other officer reports
D. Motions Notified
E. Setting of fees and charges
F. Election of officers
G. Any other business

You must show proof of CI membership to sign in to the TDU AGM.

You can access your Canoeing Ireland membership card on your profile on the CI database. Take a screenshot of the card or download the PDF or you can confirmed through the printed list available of current registered TDU members.

TDU AGM Agenda 2018

TDU AGM 2017 minutes

Liffey Odyssey – 29th April








Your company can support Crumlin Children’s Hospital by sponsoring a
canoe in the Liffey Odyssey on Sunday 29th of April.

The Liffey Odyssey is an opportunity to promote your business, build teamwork and help raise much needed funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital while joining the fun in a unique canoeing experience on the River Liffey through the heart of Dublin.
There are opportunities to promote your business at the start, the finish and of course from the Liffey as you paddle along the route.

For a €100 donation to the Liffey Odyssey CMRF – Crumlin fund your company will be provided with a canoe, all safety gear and the necessary safety training for two people. The Liffey Odyssey starts at Garda Boat Club at Islandbridge and finishes at the East Link Bridge beside the 3 Arena with commemoration photos and refreshments. This event is being hosted by Lucan Kayak Club and supported by Dublin Port Company and I-Canoe as a fundraiser for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
For further details on how to Sponsor a Canoe, please contact Conor Ryan or Brendan Stears by email or phone.

Conor: | 085 8506025 Brendan: | 086 8516410

Children’s First Act 2018

Dear Club/Committee Chair,

The Children First Act, which was signed into law in December 2015, has a number of implications for Canoeing Ireland Clubs and Committees. The most significant of these is the requirement for organisations to conduct a risk assessment and generate a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Details of how to proceed in this matter are attached along with templates to assist you with compliance. Please note that the date of compliance is March 11th 2018. Don’t forget to confirm compliance on the google form.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email

Generic Risk Assessment template

Child Safeguarding Statement

Letter to Clubs re Children First 2015 compliance

Volunteer Call for Para Swimming event

Calling all volunteers! This August Dublin will play host to the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships as the best Para Swimmers from right across the continent come to Ireland to compete for gold.

This promises to be an extraordinary event and one that you, your friends, family or colleagues should consider getting involved with.

Over 600 volunteers are needed to make this brilliant event come to life so, no matter what your level of experience or expertise we will find a role for you!

To volunteer to be part of this incredible event email us at or click HERE to register.

Special Olympics Ireland – 2018 Ireland Games

We have 25 paddlers who will compete in 2 events 200m and 500m and the chosen venue is Salmon Leap.

We have struggled to find a competition manager within our own ranks who isn’t already involved with one of our delegations and we are now wondering if this is an opportunity that one of your members may be interested in getting involved with.

Our plan is to have a full venue team in situ i.e. venue manager, operations, safety, volunteers etc. and the gap for us is someone to manage just the competition and to guide us through what is needed on the water in terms of additional support, pontoon for starting points etc.

The ideal candidate should have a good knowledge in the sport as it relates to competition. We would then work with this person to ensure that the Special Olympics specifics can be learned and supported between now and June. The event will be run over 2 days Friday 15th and Saturday 16th. The Opening Ceremony is on the evening of June 14th and this day is dedicated in each venue to set-up for the operations teams, signage and banners etc.

At this stage we have venue drawings and rough operating plans in place so we know how we expect the venue to operate but we really need the sport specific person on board now to help and guide us to offering our athletes a really positive competition experience.

Many thanks


Elaine Twomey
Sport Development Manager

Special Olympics Ireland

The National Sports Campus

Snugborough Road

Dublin 15

t: +353 1 869 1610
f: +353 1 868 8250

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