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Water Based Instructors Course

Kildare Sports Partnership is pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with the Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) to provide a 22 week instructorship for water-based outdoor recreation.

This course is completely FREE to attend and those in receipt of social welfare payments, who may wish to apply, may be in line to increase their weekly payment. Alternatively, the course is also free to anyone who is currently un-employed and not in receipt of any form of payment.

The course will be ran and operated from the Athy Sports Hub (formally Athy Rowing & Canoeing Club) and will operate Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 4:30pm (with a half day on Fridays). This instructorship is designed to bring a complete novice to becoming;

  • A qualified Canoeing Ireland Level One Instructor
  • A qualified Irish Dragon Boat Helm and Foundation Coach
  • Qualified in Rescue Emergency Care Level 2 First Aid
  • Qualified in Manual Handling for water equipment
  • Educated in Safeguarding One


To qualify, applicants must;

  • Be over 18 years of age on the day of application
  • Be able to swim
  • Have a minimum of 5 D Grades from Junior Certificate Level

This programme will give participants the tools that they need to begin working in the outdoor recreation industry. All qualifications transfer internationally so that completion will give the graduates the opportunity to travel the world working in outdoor recreation, give them a solid base to build up more qualifications, start their own business or give back to their local communities and clubs.

There are a maximum of 12 spaces available on this course, potential candidates are asked to apply as soon as possible.

The course is due to start on Monday 4th November 2019 and run until Friday 17th April 2020.

To apply, please complete the expression of interest form and send it to

Alternatively, applications may be posted to;

C/O Deborah Foley, Kildare Sports Partnership, Level 7, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co.Kildare.


If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on the on the return email address or via 0857201864.

Athy Sports Hub Water Based Instructor Course

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