Committee News

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 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

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 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

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

AGM Documents

Hi All
The following links are to Documents relating to the TDU AGM on the 8th of March 2014.
These documents are in draft form, there for your information they may be subject to minor changes.
Included in these links are the nominations, motions,agenda, the chairperson’s report and the treasurer’s report. There is also supporting documentation for the motions that have been put forward by the TDU Committee in relation to the awards scheme.
The TDU is trying to make the TDU AGM an environmentally conscious event there will not be copies of this documentation at the AGM.
If you wish to discuss any of the documentation we suggest you print off your own copy and bring it with you or better yet bring it in e-format.
If you have any questions or comments in advance of next week email
see you there.
Aidan Doran
Chairperson of TDU Committee
Proposed Agenda TDU 8th of March 2014
Nominations for TDU board
Chairperson and officers report for tdu agm 2014
TDU Accounts Overview 2013 (1)
Level 5 Canoe Skills Final 2014
Level 4 Canoe Instructor 2014 (3)
Level 5 Sea Kayak Skills
Level 4 Sea Instructor

CPD AGM Update

The TDU AGM will take place on Saturday the 8th of March at 17:00 in the mountain rescue centre in Trooperstown.
AGM Event on Facebook:

Last chance to sign up for CPDs!
Follow the links below which will bring you to a sign up page with more information. Registration for these courses closes on Thursday evening, so sign up now to avoid disappointment.



Wilderness 3 CPD

Level 2 Kayak Skills Assessment & RSR1 CPD
The Level 2 Skills CPD course will now also include a RSR1 CPD.

Level 3 Kayak Skills Assessment CPD

For trainee instructors the Kayak Skills Assessment and RSR CPDs will count towards some of your logging requirements.

Hope to see you there!

First TDU Newsletter of 2014

The new issue of the TDU newsletter is out!

Write an article and win a prize…

Ever thought of writing an article for the TDU newsletter? This issue features nine articles written by paddlers of all ages and stages from a variety of different clubs on everything from learning to roll, a club boatercross and considering the learning styles of students as an instructor.  To encourage everyone to get involved and write articles on an ongoing basis the newsletters are sponsored and one contributor each issue will win a prize!

This issue’s winner is…

Everyone who sent in an article for this issue was put into a draw and the winner selected at random was Dean Dunne who wrote an article about the St. Michaels Youth Project Initiative. Dean will be receiving a Streamlyte Kinetix SX introductory WW paddle sponsored by Saor Uisce. Congratulations Dean!

This issue’s articles…

Read Dean’s article and more by downloading the newsletter from the link below. This issue’s articles include:

  • A Note from the TDU Committee – Laura Griffin
  • Club Members’ First Winter Season – Liz McCreery
  • St. Michael’s Youth Project Instructor Training Initiative – Dean Dunne and Benny Cullen
  • Learning Styles – Hugh Verling
  • UCDCC Annual Pre-Ball Boatercross – Nadine Jones
  • Survey Results on Environment and Access Issues – Kieran McKevitt
  • “All Paddle and No Hip” Learning to Roll – Jon Mackey
  • Tullow Kayak Club – Susan Doyle and Rory Duffy
  • Club Championships River Safety and Rescue Weekend – Maryanne Doyle

Click here to download the newsletter to read more: newsletter April 2014…

To enter a newsletter article of your own email

Happy paddling and see you on the water soon!


TDU to launch Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Awards

On September 12th 2014 Canoeing Ireland’s TDU will launch the new Stand Up Paddle Board awards.

To do this they will run a one day assimilation course for any qualified kayak or canoe instructor who has a personal skills standard they feel meets the new Level 2 Paddle Boarding skills award,  has unrestricted access to Board and Paddle, has a valid first aid certificate, is over 18 years of age and is a currently registered member of Canoeing Ireland TDU.

For more information on what this workshop involves, a description of level two skills and how to sign up follow this link.

Tutor and Level Four Skills Assessment CPDs

Tutor CPD

These workshops will focus on Observation and Feedback techniques as well as a comprehensive overview of the changes to the Instructor awards which have taken place in the last year and what is expected at training and assessment level.

Updated tutor resources will also be distributed to those attending. On the day we also aim to have an open discussion on possible future changes to the level 1 & 2 instructor courses. Your input and experience is essential as you will be the tutors on the ground delivering the awards. All current tutors should attend.

  • Canoeing Ireland Training & Development Unit
  • Saturday, 15 November 2014 from 09:30 to 17:00 (PST)
  • Laragh, Ireland
  • Sign up here

Level 4 Kayak Skills Assessment CPD

In order to maintain best practice in the delivery of the skills awards the Training and Development Unit are running a series of CPD events for trainee and qualified instructors.

This Level 4 Skills Assessment CPD workshop is open to all Level 4 Kayak trainee and qualified Instructors wishing to improve their delivery of the Level 4 skills assessment. This workshop will focus on the practical elements of assessing the Level 4 Kayak skills and will involve demonstrations of how the various elements of the assessment can be delivered. You will need to bring all of your usual paddling gear, including boat and paddle and expect to get wet!

The Level 4 syllabus can be found on the Canoeing Ireland Awards and Qualifications Page at

  • Canoeing Ireland Training & Development Unit
  • Sunday, 16 November 2014 from 09:30 to 17:00 (PST)
  • Laragh, Ireland
  • Sign up here


TDU AGM 28th March 2015

TDU AGM, 28th March 2015

Notice is given for an AGM to take place on Saturday 28th of March 2015 at 15:30 in the Canoeing Ireland Liffey training Centre, Strawberry Beds, Lucan, Co Dublin. Read more

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