Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fast Track Instructor Training Course


Setanta Adventure Training have put a new course together called the "Fast Track Instructor Training Course". All the details are on their website at, below is an outline of the course.

For those who wish to become an adventure sports instructor, getting the opportunity to learn and gathering the knowledge skills, the training and experience is a slow and frustrating process. Until now!

Now there’s a way to cut down the learning time, speed up the process and fast track your instructor training. During our intensive and exciting “Fast Track Instructor Training Course” you will receive National Governing Body Award training in kayaking, hill walking, rock climbing and adventure sports first aid.

Course Content
Mountain Skills Training - Mountaineering Ireland
Mountain Skills Assessment - Mountaineering Ireland
Mountain Leader Training - Mountaineering Ireland
Single Pitch Award Training - Mountaineering Ireland
Kayaking Instructor Training Level 2 - Canoeing Ireland
Rescue & Emergency Care Level 3 - REC Scotland

The course is 20 weeks long. Setanta Adventure Training intends to run 2 separate courses to meet the needs of perspective students. See Course Options below for start dates.

Price: €2100

Course Option 1
Weeks Dates Cost
20- 22nd November 2010 to 22nd April 2011
XMAS holidays: 20th December 2010 to 3rd January 2011 (inclusive)

Course Option 2
20 28th February 2011 to 15th July 2011

Orienteering Intervarsity Training Weekend 2010

Hi everyone!

In a few weeks time DUO will be hosting the College's Training Weekendon 20/21st November. The committee have already started getting preparations underway and hopefully it's all set up to be a memorable one!

Everyone will meet on Bull Island, in the Southern Carpark in time for training to begin at 12 noon, on Saturday 20th. A full day's training on these technical sanddunes will be planned from beginner to advanced. Please bring lunch with you as it will be late before we can head into town for food.

We'll all head out to a local pub (likely to be MacTurcaills) for a night of banterous fun with students from all around the country. The next day everyone will travel out to compete in the nearbyLeinster League event at the Vale of Clara. Here we can put our newly-learned skills to the test. This is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow student orienteers from around the country, so please do come along. It'll be a bitta craic. This once in a year-time opportunity costs just €10 each to cover expenses, so please reply if you're interested in coming along as we need to gage numbers in order to prepare maps.

Put the date in your diary!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Charity Event This Sunday

Message from IOA blog:
Escape from the Jazz this Sunday morning (Oct. 24th) and head to DoneraileForest Park (R603076) for the Fifth Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event. Cliona was an accomplished junior orienteer and a member of BOC, CorkO & the Irish Junior Orienteering Team.
Why not come along with a picnic for a nice family day out in this historicsetting in over 300 acres of wonderful parkland.
All proceeds are in aid of the Cork Children's Leukaemia Association. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
There will be a choice of four courses on the day ranging from 9.5km to 2.1km, so suitable options for all the family.
Start times are between 10a.m. and 1p.m.
A newly revised map has been produced and SI punching will be used on the day

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Controllers Course

Message from IOA:

A one-day Controllers course is being held on Saturday 16 October at KilcoranLodge, near Cahir on the old Cork road.
It is being taken by Rogier Vanaken whotook a similar course in 2007. He has competed for Belgium at several WorldChampionship events, and now acts as their senior team Coach. He was appointedas an IOF Event Advisor in 1991 and has acted in that capacity at many IOFevents since then.

The course is designed for those who wish to become IOA Certified Event Controllers, and for those who wish to update their controlling skills andknowledge. It will cover all aspects of controlling, and practical exerciseswill take place in the neighbouring Glengarra Wood.

The subsidised cost of thecourse is E25, that includes the cost of lunch, light breakfast etc. The Lodge is offering an overnight rate of E55 should anyone wish to stay on the Friday orSaturday evenings. CorkO are staging an event in Glengarra Wood on the Sunday.

To book a place, you should send a cheque for E25 to Aine Joyce, IrishOrienteering Association, 2nd Floor, 13 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, or you can e-mail her at
The course is limited to 20 participantsand places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Just to give forward notice, a Planning Workshop will be held on Saturday 4
December and details will be issued shortly.

Harold White
Controller of Technical Standards

Connacht Orienteering Championships 2010

Connacht Orienteering Championships 2010

General Information

Organisers: Galway Orienteers "The Western Eagles"
Date: Sunday 28th November 2010
Venue: Portumna Forest Park. OS Sheet 15 Galway-Offaly Grid Reference M 840 037
The event will be signposted from Portumna

Start Times: Start times will be from 11am to 1pm.
Map: The map scale is 1:10,000 with 2.5 metre contours.
Resurveyed in 2005 by Padraig Higgins, Revised 2010

Terrain: The area is mixed forest and park with a good network of roads, paths and tracks.
Classes: M/W10, 12,14,16,18,20,35,40,45,50,55,60,65,70 & 21L/S/N (Novice)
Organisers reserve the right to amalgamate classes where there are an insufficient number of entries.

Entries: Entries to Frank Ryan, St. Mary’s, Old Ballinfoyle, Galway
Early Fees: up to Fri 5th November 2010 Adults €12 (£10.00), Juniors (M/W 18-), Students €6 (£5.00) and M/W65+ €8(£6.68), Family €30 (£25.00)
Late Fees: up to Fri 19th November 2010 Adults €15 (£12.50), Juniors (M/W 18-), Students €7.50 (£6.25) and M/W65+ €10.0 (£8.35), Family €37.50 (£31.25)
Payment of Fees: Please note entries will not be accepted unless accompanied by entry fees or proof of payment to bank account. See details below
Cheques to be made payable to Galway Orienteers “The Western Eagles”
Competitors from Northern Ireland or UK may send sterling cheques as a guarantee
and pay in sterling or euros on arrival and get their cheque back

Bank Payments:
Account: Galway Orienteers “The Western Eagles”, C/O Frank Ryan, St. Mary’s, Ballinfoyle, Galway, Ireland.
Account Number: 28095-071.
Bank Name: Allied Irish Banks, Lynch’s Castle, Galway, Ireland.
IBAN: IE86 AIBK 9370 9628 0950 71
Bank National Sort Code 93-70-96

Start List: Start list will be published on O groups
Electronic Punching: Remember to include your SI number on the entry form. SI cards can be hired at €2(£1.67) each and picked up at registration. Lost cards will be charged at €30 (£25.00) each.

Course Class Length Climb Controls
1 M21L 11.5k 70m 26
2 W21L, M35 8.9k 50m 19
3 M20, M40, M45 7.9k 30m 19
4 W20, W35, M18, M21S, M50 7.6k 30m 18
5 M55, M60, W40, W45 7.0k 25m 16
6 M16, W18 6.2k 30m 12
7 M65, M70, W21S, W50, W55 6.1k 20m 14
8 W60, W65 4.0k 15m 11
9 M14, W16, M21N 3.6k 10m 12
10 W14, W21N 3.4k 10m 11
11 M12, W12 3.0k 10m 8
12 M10, W10 2.4k 5m 7
13 M75, W70, W75 2.9k 10m 9

Orienteering is an adventure sport. All competitors take part at their own risk