September 2015

Irish Sea Kayaking Association Symposium

2015 Irish Sea Kayaking Symposium

Copper Coast Hotel, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Booking Form ISKA Symposium 2015


Friday 9th October 2015

Accommodation Friday night included in the Symposium package.


Groups may organise their own peer paddles throughout Friday.

If you are looking to partake, please check FB, ISKA website and other kayak forums.


20:00hrs onwards – Registration

Evening – Guest Speaker


Saturday 10th October 2015 – Weather Dependant

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and guest speaker on Saturday included in Symposium package


07:30hr – 09:30hr Breakfast

10:00hr – 10:15hr Briefing for days activities

10:15hr – 17:00 All day paddle Level 2

10:15hr – 17:00 All day paddle Level 3+

10:15hr – 13:00 Break out session 1

14:00hr – 17:00 Break out session 2


19:00 Dinner

20:00 AGM

20:30 Main guest speaker


Sunday 11th October 2015 – Weather Dependant

Breakfast & Lunch included in the Symposium Package


07:30hr – 09:30hr Breakfast

10:00hr – 10:15hr Briefing for days activities

10:15hr – 15:00 All day paddle Level 2

10:15hr – 15:00 All day paddle Level 3+

10:15hr – 15:00 Break out session



Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions will be weather dependant and if there is something you would particularly like to do, please do let me know   Sessions can be repeated if demand requires.



Examples of Sessions

Refresher First Aid On The Water Safety & Incident Management Rescues & Self Rescue Skills
Navigation Skills Efficient Paddling Techniques Beginner Greenland Rolling
Making Your Own Fishing Line White Water Paddling Surf Sessions
Knots Team challange


Please vacate rooms on Sunday morning to enable the hotel to clean them for the next guest(s).

The hotel has kindly offered the Leisure facilities for showers on Sunday afternoon.

Coca Cola Instructor Training Initiative-Irish Sea Crossing

Canoeing Ireland has 19 participants of the Coca Cola Instructor Training Initiative taking on the challenge of crossing the Irish Sea from Portpatrick, Scotland to Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. Keep an eye on their LIVE progress here!

Upcoming Slalom Race in Kilcullen October 4th 2015

Sunday October  4th

River Liffey at Kilcullen Canoe Club ,

Novice ,Division 3 and Open Competition.

All paddlers welcome to enter C1 and C2 class

Div 3 Age groups J 10,12,14,16,18,u23,Sen,Master,Vetern

Entry fee Payable on day Seniors €10 ,Juniors €5
Organising Clubs : Kilcullen Canoe Club
Organiser :Ciaron Farrell

On Line Entry See C.Irl Calandar or Facebook

Registering in advance saves the organisers time

Practise Runs 9-10 am

Last entry on day at 10am

Race Briefing 10:15

First Runs 10:30

Provisional Results 2015 – 56th International Liffey Descent

Well done to all the participants of the 56th International Liffey Descent!

Canoeing Ireland would like to offer a big thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, staff, participants and spectators of the race.

Please find a list of provisional results here.

For questions, queries & appeals, please contact

Junior Paddlefest

DSC02808-001Thanks to all volunteers who helped out at this years Junior Paddlefest and all those who brought equipment to and from the event.  With out your generous help this great event would not be possible, so a genuine thank you.  A big thanks also to the incredible organisers who worked tirelessly in weeks running up to the event to make the event happen and who will still be working into next week on the post event clear up.  And of course a huge thanks to all the juniors who attended Junior Paddlefest this year and made it so inspiring and so much fun for everyone who was involved.  You guys are the ones who make it all worthwhile, thank you!  Bring on Junior Paddlefest 2016!




Liffey Descent Rescue

Canoeing Ireland Liffey Descent

Canoeing Ireland are still looking for helpers at this years Liffey Descent.  The event is not possible without the generous support of those who provide rescue to the racers each year.  If you, your club, college or a gang of mates are available to help out at this years Liffey Descent please fill out the below rescue registration form and we’ll send you on details next week.  It’s a fantastic day out of great banter and classic carnage that only the Liffey Descent brings. The best days rescue practice you’ll get all year. All rescuers, get a free t-shirt, free meal at the end of the race and a free after party ticket.  So dust off your throw bag and come give us hand.


Quotes from Hannah Craig after her Race at Worlds in Lee Valley, UK

K1 Women Hannah Craig (IRL), after her second heats run

“Like always whitewater canoe slalom is eventful so you never really know how it’s going to go.”

“My first run was solid and unfortunately I had a touch which meant I didn’t make the top 20 automatically and my second was a little bit off on every section and I was fighting the water and it was slower.  So I’m disappointed with my second run.”

“It has been an interesting season because I came back from pregnancy and only started racing again five months ago so it’s been a gradual process. Five months ago I was 20 seconds off the pace, today I was six seconds so I’m getting closer.”

“I had a baby 15 months ago and I started training last summer.  It’s been a long process.”

“You have to adapt your training.  I can’t train as much as before but it has to be more quality based.  I was breast feeding as well so that had its physical challenges and the back chose to not sleep for 13 months so that was hard.  But within that I have never been happier in my whole.”

“The hope is to qualify for the Olympics.  I don’t think I will have done enough today.  Then it will be the Europeans in May in Slovakia which will be the last opportunity to qualify.”

“Qualifying the nations spot is the most difficult part.  If you qualify the nations spot at the Europeans you will get to go the Olympics.”

Hannah Craig

Liam Jegou makes Semi Finals in London Slalom World Championships

Super news from Liam Jegou who has qualified for the semi-finals of the C1M class at the Lee Valley World Championships. In a nail-biting wait for the last boats to come through, Liam qualified in 9th place of the 10 boats qualifying from Heat 2 and so he joins the 20 other boats which qualified direct from Heat 1 this morning. A brilliant result (so far……) from this young athlete in his first season at Senior level.

Liam Jegou pictured with Hannah Craig  at the Opening Ceremony in London

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