TDU AGM 2015

Annual General Meeting of the Training and Development Unit 2015

Update: date change

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.

  • Motions must be submitted 14 days before the AGM, proposed and seconded by a voting member of the training and development unit.
  • Nominations must be submitted 14 days before the AGM, proposed and seconded by a voting member of the training and development unit.
  • Motions and nominations must be submitted in writing to the offices of the Irish canoe union according to the current constitution.
  • Agenda will be published 7 days before the AGM.

Proposed Revisions of the Constitution

The committee intends to propose a revised constitution at this years AGM. The aim of the revised constitution is update sections of the constitution which refer to structures in Canoeing Ireland that no longer exist and change the format of the constitution to reflect current practice. The revised constitution is based on the 2006 constitution.

Please have a look and raise any obvious flaws or concerns before the deadline for motions.

December Issue of the TDU Newsletter

Check out the newest edition of the TDU newsletter: and find out about a diverse sample of what the kayaking community have been up to since the last issue, including expeditions, reviewing equipment, paddling for charity, college kayaking, instructing, sea kayaking and thoughts on a first Liffey Descent and new invasive species to name a few.

The articles in this edition:

  • A Note from the TDU Committee
  • 5 S**theads in Nepal - Niall O Broin
  • EPP Meeting in Slovenia - Kevin O’Callaghan
  • Ropes: a Few Things to Consider – Jon Mackey
  • Charity Paddle in Aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital - Paul Kirwan
  • Asian Clam Invasive Species - Kieran McKevitt
  • Freshers’ Trip to Castlebar - Richard Robinson
  • Open to New Experiences – Lena Doherty
  • Circumnavigation of Ireland’s Biggest Island; Achill – David Horkin
  • Talking is Not Teaching: Lessons from Short Stories – Dave O’Reilly
  • DUKC Freshers Trip to Bundoran – Billy Brazil
  • Best Practice for Sea Kayakers During a Helicopter Rescue – Leon Conway
  • My First Descent – Frank Murphy

Congratulations to Jon Mackey who won the draw for the prize this edition which was a FXr BA sponsored by Great Outdoors.

A huge thank you to all of the contributors in this edition: writers Niall O Broin, Kevin O’Callaghan, Jon Mackey, Paul Kirwan, Kieran McKevitt, Richard Robinson, Lena Doherty, David Horkin, Dave O’Reilly, Billy Brazil, Leon Conway, Frank Murphy, editor Laura Griffin and sponsor Great Outdoors.

The next newsletter will be published in the new year, keep the articles coming to! Merry Christmas and happy paddling in 2015 from all the committee.

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 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.

New TDU Newsletter Available!

A huge thank you to all of the contributors in this edition: writers Sarah Bracken, Phil Connolly, Jon Mackey, Sarah McDonagh, Odhrán McNally, Paddy McCormack, Kieran McKevitt, editor Laura Griffin and sponsor I-Canoe.

The articles in this edition:

  • Chairperson’s Note – Paddy McCormack
  • Women’s Freestyle Day Kilkenny – Sarah Bracken
  • Kayaking Adventure in Mexico – Phil Connolly
  • Moving from fear to purposeful practice; breaking out of the eddies and into adventure! – Jon Mackey
  • Augsburg Slalom Trip – Sarah McDonagh
  • European Trip 2014 – Odhrán McNally
  • Access Issues on Irish Rivers Survey Results – Kieran McKevitt

Congratulations to Odhrán McNally who won the draw for the prize this edition which was a Peak River Runner BA supplied by I-Canoe.

To have a look at the newsletter follow this link:

The next newsletter will be published in December, keep the articles coming to!

TDU Summer Newsletter

To create an interesting and diverse TDU newsletter we are looking for articles for our newsletter from you.  The articles can be about your kayaking adventures, events in your club, coaching or instructing ideas you have or any other topics you would like to write about.

All entries published will be put in to a draw to win a Peak River Runner PFD, sponsored by I-Canoe. 

Send entries to with the subject title “Newsletter” by the 4th August. 

Recreational Representative

Recreational Representative

The TDU committee will be nominating a candidate(s) for the position of Recreational Representative on the Board of Canoeing Ireland at the end of next week.

If you are interested in this position please contact the TDU committee by the 5th of June at If you know someone else you think would do a good job let them know by sharing this post.

Thank you!

Chairperson and Treasurer Elected at SGM

The TDU Special General Meeting was held tonight (20th of May at 20:00).

Patrick McCormack was elected as Chairperson and Neal Kelly was elected as Treasurer.

Congratulations and best of luck to Paddy and Neal in their roles for the rest of the year.

If you would like to get involved in the TDU committee or write something for the TDU blog don’t hesitate to get in touch on

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Assimilation of kayaking awards from before 1998

Due to a recent surge in enquiries about kayaking awards given before 1998 the TDU committee has drafted the following guidelines for equivalence and assimilation.

Prior to 1998 there was a variety of instructor or similar awards in Canoeing Ireland (the Irish Canoe Union as it was then) or Scouting Ireland. In 1998 the ICU undertook a large body of work to upgrade and update the award scheme to bring it in line with the standards of other EU bodies and to create a best in class awards scheme. At the time the ICU contacted all eligible instructors for crossover into the new scheme.

Holders of original certificates from before 1998 who did not avail of the cross over mechanism in place at that time may apply to the TDU committee to be assimilated into the current awards scheme on a case by case basis providing they can provide their original certificate.

The TDU committee will only accept first party enquiries which should be sent to including a copy of the original certificate.

TDU Committee calls for SGM

TDU SGM to take place on the 20th of May

Paul Donnelly has stepped down as chairperson of the TDU due to other commitments. The committee would like to wish him the best on his endeavours.

The TDU committee at present is:

  • Chairperson – not filled
  • Secretary – Kieran McKevitt
  • Treasurer – not filled
  • Safety Officer – Paul Norris
  • Kayak Officer – Laura Griffin
  • Sea Kayak Officer – Liz Doherty
  • Open Canoe Officer – Paddy McCormack
  • Environmental and Access Officer – Kieran McKevitt
  • Clubs Officer – Maryanne Doyle
  • Public Relations Officer – Maryanne Doyle

These vacant executive roles must be filled by an election. As a result the TDU committee have called a Special General Meeting on the 20th of May at 20:00 in the Lord Bagenal hotel, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow.

The agenda of this SGM will be

  1. Elect a chairperson
  2. Elect a treasurer

Candidates for chairperson and treasurer must be nominated and seconded. Nominations must be sent to by the 6th of May, 14 days in advance of the SGM.

TDU Committee calls for SGM


Update: Nomination period now closed

As of midnight of the 6th of May the period for accepting nominations for the positions of chairperson and treasurer ahead of the Special General Meeting is now over. The nominations that have been received are:

Nominations for Chairperson:
Paddy McCormack - nominated by Kieran McKevitt and Laura Griffin
Nominations for Treasurer:
Liz Doherty - nominated by Kieran McKevitt and Laura Griffin
Neal Kelly – nominated by Colm Slevin and Neil Slevin


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