The world of canoeing relies heavily on volunteers. There are roles in every aspect of the sport from introductory to elite, flat water to white water. Some are water based coaching, leading and guiding while others are land based. These include helping with events, running clubs as well as some coaching roles. There are roles for people with different skills and across all age ranges.
Without volunteers it would not be possible to run CANI, canoe clubs or any of the canoeing events. Here are some ways to get involved with volunteering. Remember you can also contact CANI or your local canoe club to volunteer.
Volunteer Now is the lead organisation for promotion, development and support of volunteering across Northern Ireland. Volunteer Now have lots of guidance on how to involve volunteers, how to recognise volunteers and training. For further details please see the Volunteer Now website
Outdoor Recreation NI Volunteer Canoe Ranger Programme
Outdoor Recreation NI run a Volunteer Ranger Programme each year.
Volunteering involves travelling to the access points along the Canoe Trail of your choice either by car or canoe, once a year in the autumn time, making notes as you visit each access point and then submitting the information collected back to Outdoor Recreation NI. The information is then passed onto the relevant land manger, should maintenance or action be required. This feedback system results in a quality product on the ground and also up to date information for users online and in the Canoe Trail Guides themselves.
More detail on volunteering with the Volunteer Ranger programme through Outdoor Recreation NI can be found at the link below.