May 2018

Canoeing Ireland Instructor Responsibilities and Procedures

Canoeing Ireland have recently had to deal with some issues in relation to the organising and registering participants of courses. Whether you are working in a commercial capacity or in a voluntary capacity with a club, there are certain protocols that need to be followed when 1) organising a course and 2) issuing certification.

Please click the link to familiarise yourself with Canoeing Ireland’s set procedures for Instructors registering courses and assessments.

Training and Assessment Procedures

GDPR Timeline and Canoeing Ireland

Dear members,

Please click on the GDPR Statement from Canoeing Ireland which is on our website under Governance/GDPR.

The Canoeing Ireland timeline being implemented to our database to remain GDPR compliant:

  1. All individuals who are more than 5 yrs expired and have no skills linked to their profile or have no CI membership logged to their profile will be deleted from the database by Sulware before the 6th July 2018.
  2. An email will be sent from the CI database to opt in to have your profile and qualifications deleted from CI.
  3. An email will be sent from the CI database to opt in to have your current profile deleted from the database and please be aware that if you do delete your account, all records linked to that account including any qualifications will be lost.
  4. Please see attached sample Club member consent form.
  5. CI create GDPR statement template to send out to clubs to sign and return proving compliance.

Timeline of completion of GDPR will be a six week process for the database and Canoeing Ireland.

  • 1st contact – Engage with the system email to all on DB asking to contact CI or your records will be deleted.
  • 2nd Contact – review and resend email.
  • 3rd Contact – Inform people who have not engaged with the system you will be deleted by 6th July 2018.
  • GDPR button for Secretaries to allow them to send Head office a list of the Club members opting in for deletion.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in head office.

Vicki Guy,

Canoeing Ireland.
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Office  +353 (1) 625 1105
Canoeing Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, D15 DY62
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Update to location for AGM

Update to location for AGM

New location will be Lucan Spa Hotel, 4A N4, Lucan, Co. Dublin


 Irish Canoe Union Limited trading as Canoeing Ireland (“the Company”)

 Saturday, 09th June 2018 at 2pm.

Lucan Spa Hotel, 4A N4, Lucan, Co. Dublin

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Junior Liffey Descent Results now up

Thank you to Matthew McCauley and Harry Leddy who helped to clean up the grounds of the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre after the Junior Liffey Descent. They worked really hard and we in the office were very grateful for their help.

Check out the results for the 2018 Junior Liffey Descent results. To access the results, go to Junior Liffey Descent Results for more details. They are loaded in PDF and text for ease of use.

Thanks all for an excellent event.

Junior Paddlefest presents Junior Liffey Descent 2018

Dear Paddler,

Welcome to the 2018 Junior Liffey Descent sponsored by Junior Paddlfest, we have attached the race brief.
Please read the pack carefully as it contains all the information you will need for the race.
The information will be on and a link on Facebook. Please like and share.

Bib collection is on Saturday in Salmon Leap Canoe club from 10:00-11:00.
Race finishes at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre.
Finishing Ceremony will be between 3:30pm and 4:00pm.

Read your race brief carefully as the race starts at 12:00.
Although the weather looks good at the moment, there will be a good release on the Liffey so dress appropriately and check the weather forecast.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you,

Liffey Descent Committee,
Canoeing Ireland.
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Registration Criteria

Registration to be a provider of the Canoeing Ireland Blueway provider scheme is open to all individuals, clubs, businesses and social, community, educational or commercial organisations offering canoeing activity in a commercial or not for profit context and who meet the Canoeing Ireland provider requirements.

For each provider registration application Canoeing Ireland will carry a desk-based instructor qualifications, insurance, standard operating procedures and risk assessments, equipment, tax compliance as detailed below. All Canoeing Ireland Blueway providers must be approved by the Board of Canoeing Ireland. No provider may take part in any events or training until registration has been completed and CI board approval received.

Staffing Qualifications

Registered providers must provide a list of their primary/core Canoeing Ireland qualified instructors. All instructors must be listed including ad-hoc and freelance instructors.

Registered providers can only use instructors who hold the qualifications relevant to the environment and courses they are delivering. Instructors may only operate within their remit and Canoeing Ireland pupil instructor ratios apply at all times.

All instructors must be current members of Canoeing Ireland and have completed Canoeing Ireland Garda Vetting.

Registered providers must provide copies of up to date first aid certificates for all instructors which will be recorded on the CI database.


Registered providers must provide a copy of their insurance certificate and details of their conditions of cover and operating environment.


Registered providers must provide a summary list of their equipment, including brands and models. The list must be supported with photographs of the equipment in bulk, e.g. photo of areas of the stores where equipment is kept, or photos of the equipment in use by groups.

Equipment must be fit for purpose and carry the required CE approval.

Standard Operating Procedures, Risk Assessments and Child Protection

Registered providers must provide copies of their standard operating procedures, risk assessments and proof of compliance with Child protection guidelines.

Tax Clearance

Where applicable registered providers must provide a valid tax clearance certificate.


Canoeing Ireland reserves the rights to carry onsite inspection of program delivery without notice.

Tidy Towns Waters and Communities Special Award 2018

The Waters and Communities Special Award is open for applications with a deadline of 23rd May 2018. The Award is run in conjunction with the main Super Valu Tidy Towns Awards, which this year celebrates its 60th year of encouraging and rewarding community effort. Read more

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