Canoeing Ireland are excited to announce the first two Fear in Paddlesports Workshops on the 17th & 18th July! No matter what discipline of paddlesports you are involved with, due to the nature of the sport, fear may arise from time to time. This may happen when sitting at the start of the race you have been training for months for, looking at a rapid which you might perceive as intimidating on one of the bigger days, or practicing your capsize drill.

Fear is something that affects us all in some way, but we might not all show it. Sometimes this fear can act as a barrier to our own progression and performance in sport.

This workshop aims to look at fear from all angles; from a neurological and psychological point of view as well as exploring potential ways for us to rationalise and ground ourselves and others when fear arises.

Participants will be invited to explore on-the-water experiences of fearful situations and really pay attention to each participants unique ‘cues’ of what fear is for them (i.e. racing thoughts, sweaty hands, shaking).

The goal of this workshop is for the participant to walk away with a better understanding of their own fear, cues, and useful tools on how they combat these feelings when they appear on the water.

The first two workshops with take place in Athy (Kildare) and Castleconnell (Limerick) and are for ages 17+ (Junior specific workshops will be developed). The cost is €15 for CI members and €20 for non-members. Book here to secure your place. Spaces are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.