February 2014

Constitution Situation

In preparation for the 2014 AGM some of you may have noticed that the constitution has not been posted on the website, i wish to rectify this in this post and also to explain the reason for the delay.
At the 2013 AGM an amended version of the constitution was to be voted on, this did not occur due to time constraints. There was not action in the minuets, that this would be carried forward to the 2014 agm. In the approach to the 2014 AGM, the committee reviewed the 2013 version of the constitution and were amending it further to reflect the changes that have happened to the TDU in the last year. While in the process of this we were contacted by the board of Canoeing Ireland who wished to include some alterations in order to bring a more standardised format to the constitutions of the sub committees of CI.
These changes and amendments were not able to be completed in time i.e. to have the proposed new constitution up 21 day before the AGM.
So we now find ourselves in a situation where we will operate using the amended version of the 2006 constitution which as far as the current committee knows is the most recent Constitution that has been passed by a TDU AGM. This is the constitution that we will be using for the 2014 agm. The new updated constitution will now be put forward for voting at the 2015 AGM
Apologies for any inconvenience caused this was not our intention
TDU Committee

2006 Amendments to Constitution -Conor

CPDs Running on the AGM Weekend

A CPD is a course for Continued Professional Development which aims to refine or broaden skills. This year the TDU committee are running a series of CPDs on the weekend of the AGM the 8th and 9th of March. We would like to see as many registered TDU members attending these events as possible as they’re a great opportunity to refresh and upgrade skills. Read more

Last day for motions and nominations

Today is the last day for motions and nominations for the TDU AGM, please submit your motions and nominations via email to committee@tdu.ie all motions and nominations must be seconded by a registered member of the training development unit. Motions that do not follow correct procedure will not be considered.

Once all motions are received and verified the appropriate motions will be posted on this site prior to the agm

Thank you

TDU committee

Open Letter: Club Championships RSR Weekend

Calling All TDU Members!

TDU members should receive the following email over the course of the next few days looking for volunteers for an RSR weekend in Kilkenny on the the 5th and 6th April preparing paddlers for the Club Championships. In case you missed it, here you go:

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well and that everyone is making good use of the wet winter/spring.

As you may already know the Canoeing Ireland Club Championships is on the 12th & 13th of April 2014 and is shaping up to be a super event. You may also be aware that as part of the Club Champs Canoeing Ireland are running a series of training weekends almost every weekend up until the event, with the last weekend before the champs, the 5th and 6th April, being an RSR training weekend for the clubs.

The Training and Developing Unit have been tasked with running and coordinating the RSR training weekend. We are expecting a very high turn out for this weekend, with initial estimates indicating we should expect upwards of 200 participants! What an achievement that would be; 200 paddlers from canoe clubs around the country all up skilling their River Safety and Rescue Skills in one weekend! As you can imagine in order to run an RSR training course on this scale we are going to need some help and are recruiting volunteers to help us make this weekend as valuable for the Irish Paddling Community as possible. We expect that we will need approximately 25-30 instructors to help run this event. We would greatly appreciate your help.

We are asking instructors to come give us a helping hand to run this great initiative, in return the TDU will pay for accommodation and dinner on the Saturday night. There will be a great opportunity for networking between Instructors, Clubs and Participants with so many paddlers from 20 clubs nationally, all in Kilkenny for the weekend.
This is a great opportunity for the TDU and the instructors of Canoeing Ireland to give something back to the sport and also get something done that can be of greater long term benefit to the sport. All we need is for people to come together and give us a dig out on the 5th and 6th of April.

If you are interested in helping out please reply to this email (which is clubchampsrsr@tdu.ie for website/Facebook readers) and send your name, email address, phone number and level of instructorship you have. This is also open to trainee instructors who can come along to help deliver the RSR courses which will count towards logging hours and meeting instructor assessment pre-requirements.

We are really look forward to hearing from you.


Aidan Doran
Chairperson of the TDU

Award Review: River Safety and Rescue v Whitewater Rescue Technician

Further to a recent examination of the RSR3 and WRT syllabi it is the conclusion of the TDU committee that due to fundamental differences between the two they are not equivalent and prerequisites specifying an RSR award cannot be satisfied with a WRT award.

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AGM 2013 Minutes

Apologies these were not put up after the AGM last year it was an over site.

Minutes of TDU AGM 16/02/2013

Sport HQ 4pm

Committee Members in Attendence







Minutes of last year’s AGM adopted proposed and seconded

Geo read officers report visible on tdu.ie

Direct motion to CI AGM to direct the agm to make the databse the available

It was discussed that office staff missing in CI

Need to Direct CI to appoint training secretary and training officer

Child protection policy with NGB not in place according to TDU member?

There is draft document drawn up on Garda vetting but not sure what stage it’s at. This process is slow due to lack of staff in the office

Members are worried that clubs won’t be able to work with children due to new legislation in the future

Motion – proper training officer with clear roles and responsibilities and youth kayaking is very important

Alex treasurers report

7,000 odd membership

7,000 logbooks

22, 0000 instructor courses – figures from past CI president

Roles and responsibilities of any proposed job be clear and outlined and contained in the motion

Memos and articles need to be submitted by club and/or individuals

All assets belong to canoeing Ireland no matter what discipline have them

Report proposed and seconded

Query on the level 4 canoe instructor…More information to go circulate re canoe awards…

Motions to be adopted …changes to skills awards…

Open canoe awards be adopted andseconded

It was brough up the coastal nav to be integrated into the awards so you don’t have to do it separately if you don’t want to

Sea kayak changes proposed and seconded

22 people voted in to adopt changes awards

Suggestion to redefine what peer leadership means for sea award?

Changes to kayak awards – proposed and seconded

Paddlesurf skills scheme proposed and seconded

Adopt changes to L1 instructor award proposed and seconded

Registered BCU level 3 instructors (checked and verified) or equivalent can sign off hours proposed and seconded

It was clarified that tdu do not take instructorships back from people. So long as someone has a first aid cert and is a current member of TDU they are qualified instructors .

Tdu avails of experience in previous instructors in the delivery of courses…in favour 8: 5 against motion carried …incoming committee to encourage people to become involved more

Motion Cpd needs to be done once every three years….questions as to practicality of how this would work….

It was suggested amended to that motion until the proper infrastructure is put in place

The motion was withdrawn due to the logistical issues

Motion 7 for EPP defeated

More regionalisation and more representitve of the clubs ..some members want the tdu to help out with this

Cpds on specific topics to be run locally, build on success of women’s kayaking by running local events

Suggestion of training advisory panel…ask each club to send someone to address regional remit of club

Motion 8 withdrawn

Motion 9 withdrawn

Going back to level 3 instructor courses being 4 days in duration …motion ammended to say a minimum of two days in duration .. amended and second

Changes to constitution never put forward


Members were urged to attend march 9th Green Isle

Proxy system …..form downloadable from ci website..give it person you want to proxy

With clubs committee decides

TDU Newsletter Competition

This year the TDU has decided to open up the TDU newsletter so that we can get stories and articles from around the country.  We are looking for articles about paddling adventures you have got up to or maybe your club has a interesting story that you would like to share with other kayakers all around the country.

Everyone who’s article is printed will be put into a draw to win a prize that has been sponsored by one of the kayaking equipment shops around the country.  The first prize is sponsored by Saor Uisce and is a Streamlyte Kinetix SX introductory WW paddle made to custom length and feather .

Send your articles to committee@tdu.ie with a subject title of TDU newsletter.

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