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Canoeing Ireland AGM, Thanks

Canoeing Ireland would like to thank those clubs and members who attended the Canoeing Ireland AGM which was held on Saturday 9th June. The meeting had a positive tone to it, reflective of this growth and recovery period that the organisation is currrently enjoying.

We would like to acknowledge the Board members who are stepping down and welcome the new members to the Board for the time ahead.

Paul Donnelly – President
Brian Ogilvie – Hon. Secretary
Aisling Conlan – Hon. Treasurer (newly elected)
Executive Member – Leigh Blackmore
Leinster Rep. – Bryan Fennell
Munster Rep. – Evan Roberts
Olympic Discipline Rep. – Ciaran Farrell (newly elected)

 

 

Blueway 10k National Canoe & Kayak Week

Canoeing Ireland would like to make you aware of some changes that are being made to the Blueway 10k programme for 2018.
With the success and simplicity of the Paddles Up programme which ran earlier in the year, Canoeing Ireland and Waterways Ireland agreed that the Blueway 10K programme and the Paddles Up programme should be similar in approach and that the finals day for the Blueway 10k should be more about clubs and members participation, than an actual competitive race.
With this idea in mind, Waterways Ireland were happy to agree with Canoeing Ireland’s proposals that we create a National Canoe and Kayak Week which would fall under the Blueway 10k banner and be supported by Waterways Ireland.
This means that the three hours a week training regime that was present during the original Blueway 10k programme is no longer necessary. The technical details of racing a kayak are no longer necessary either. This new event will be open to all types of suitable craft and abilities. This event is ideal for those who have taken or will take a 6 to 8 week beginner course as well as more experienced paddlers. The objective is to create a festival event with a fun atmosphere where clubs, providers and members from across the paddling community get together for a great day out on one of the beautiful designated Blueways.
The National Canoe & Kayak week will see two finals days, one on Lough Derg and the other in Clondra Co. Longford on what will be most likely the wonderful Camlin Loop.
The dates will be:
August 11th – Lough Derg
August 18th – Clondra Co. Longford  (Camlin Loop)
 
We are hoping that all clubs and providers can get on board and support Blueway 10k National Canoe & Kayak week.
Funding will be available to those clubs and providers who meet the criteria.
For more information on this exciting new project please contact Jon development@canoe.ie

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

Blueway-Registration-Criteria

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.

Insurance

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

Equipment

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.

Compliance

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

Dublin Canals Action Day

Waterways Ireland will be working with volunteers along both stretches of the Royal and Grand Canals that will be organising the annual Dublin Canals Action Day that is taking place on the 21st of April.

Canoeing Ireland are encouraging our members to get involved with helping out on the day. The big difficulty this clean up faces is actually picking out litter from the canals themselves as it can be quite inaccessible from the banks – we hope canoes and kayaks will come to the rescue!

 The poster below highlights where volunteers are meeting on the morning.

All tools, pickers, bags etc. will be supplied and a full briefing will be given to all volunteers.

This year we are looking to focus on recycling plastic that is collected on the day and an artist is working with the clean up to produce something out of the rubbish that is being collected.

Waterways Ireland and Canoeing Ireland would really appreciate any help given to this great initiative.

Stronger Together – Regional Meetings Announced

Canoeing Ireland will be running a series of member-based regional meetings in the coming weeks and months. These meetings titled “Stronger Together” are aimed at strengthening and rebuilding the relationship between the NGB and you- the clubs and members.

Canoeing Ireland is a member-centric organisation and we take our relationship with our members sincerely. Canoeing Ireland is your organisation, working together we can progress and strengthen the future of our sport.

Our first meeting will cover the eastern regional clubs (general Leinster area) and will take place at the Green Isle Hotel located just off the M50 on the N7 (old Naas Road) April 21st Commencing at 11am until 2pm. All members and clubs are welcome. If you are a club secretary in this region and have not received an email in relation to this event please email Jon at development@canoe.ie

 

 

 

 

Minister Josepha Madigan promotes ‘Check Clean Dry’ initiative

Minister Josepha Madigan promotes ‘Check Clean Dry’ initiative as part of Invasive Species Week
Ahead of the Easter holiday period, and as part of Invasive Species Week, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaelacht Josepha Madigan TD today (Tuesday 27 March) highlighted the importance of water amenity users (such as anglers, canoeists, and walkers) following the ‘Check Clean Dry’ protocol.
The Minister was speaking in advance of a National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS), Canoeing Ireland and Wild Water Kayak Club hosted, and Waterways Ireland supported, canoe-wash at Islandbridge, Dublin to illustrate the practical application of the measures.
‘Check Clean Dry’ is a vital biosecurity initiative that is aimed at helping stop the spread of non-native invasive freshwater plants and animals, as water users may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.
The campaign urges stakeholders to:
·         Check equipment and clothing for living organisms;
·         Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly;
·         Dry all equipment and clothing.
Speaking ahead of the event at Islandbridge, Minister Madigan said:
I am delighted that today’s event highlights the co-ordination and co-operation between water sports enthusiasts and Government Departments and agencies that is the cornerstone of effective biosecurity measures. It is essential that initiatives such as ‘Check Clean Dry’ are followed so as to ensure that our wonderful natural amenities available nationwide remain accessible and useable to those who wish to use them – not just during the forthcoming Easter holidays, but for future generations also.
Recreational facilities can suffer as a result of invasive species. Fish populations may reduce or change, while invasive plants may restrict navigation through waterways, clog up propellers and add significantly to the management costs of our waterways.
This highlights the fact that as well as the irreplaceable cost to wildlife, the financial costs of invasive species can run into millions of Euro.”

The McInerney sisters from WWKC helping raise awareness this week


At the event, Canoeing Ireland highlighted the awareness work carried out by their organisation:

“Canoeing Ireland takes its responsibility towards bio security awareness very seriously. For Invasive Species week we have been proactively engaged with our membership encouraging continued vigilance and use of our Check Clean Dry protocols.  Canoeing Ireland would like to take this opportunity to thank its membership and the wider paddlesports community for setting a fine example of responsible use of Ireland’s waterways.”

Waterways Ireland urged those using blue ways and engaging in water-based recreational activity throughout the country to ensure they use the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ protocol:
“Invasive species pose a significant threat to water-based tourism and recreation on the inland waterways. These waterways are crucially important environmental and recreational assets with significant biodiversity value. Invasive alien species seriously threaten these crucially important environments & recreational spaces and impact the socio-economic development of waterfront communities. To help in the fight against invasive species, Waterways Ireland will continue to work closely with interagency groups, recreational bodies and local communities to tackle their spread and to implement biosecurity protocols.”
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