What is a Membership?

 Without your membership the AWA's ability to speak on behalf of Alberta's paddlers and for our rivers is limited. Your membership strengthens our ability to speak out for our sport. Many people outside our sport see whitewater kayaking as a fringe extreme sport and don't understand the broad appeal and interest in society today of paddling. The latest Alberta Recreation Survey found that canoeing & kayaking is one of the top 5 sports that Albertans want to start next year. So getting you to register as a member is a critical building block for the AWA.

Membership in the Alberta Whitewater Association enables you and/or your club to operate efficiently and safely. Clubs can opt to be covered under our insurance plan for a very low fee and you will have access to numerous resources to participate in and run club events.

Membership in the Alberta Whitewater Association includes these benefits:

  • Coverage by AWA liability insurance at AWA sanctioned events such as 3 Rivers WW Rendezvous, Grande Cache Rendezvous, Slave River Festival, Kanfest, Alberta Cup slalom races, Provincial WW Champsionships, Alberta Summer Games, and other events
  • NCCP training and accreditation for kayak leaders, instructors and coaches
  • Swiftwater Rescue training for paddlers
  • Summer Club Kayak Coach/Instructor Support Program
  • Alberta Parks guiding permit for AWA clubs ($250 value if taken out directly)
  • The opportunity to participate in Alberta Summer Games for children ages 11-17
  • The opportunity to participate in Canadian National Slalom, Freestyle, Wildwater and Canoe Polo competitions - including National Championships, National Team Trials and International races
  • Passport for Paddlesport cards and posters
  • Priority booking of the Canoe Meadows Campground on the Kananaskis River

By working together we acheive these benefits to paddling in the Province:

  • Development of whitewater facilities such as Canoe Meadows, the lower Kananaskis River, the Harvie Passage WW park in Calgary, Boulder Run in southern Alberta and other community based paddling centres.
  • Protection of rivers and access points such as upper Red Deer River, Ghost Dam road, upper St Mary's River, Slave River, Bow River in Calgary and a voice against changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
  • Hosting and support of paddling events and festivals such as Sundre Paddlefest, Provincial WW Championships, 3 Rivers WW Rendezvous, Alberta Cup slalom races, Alberta Freestyle competitions.
  • Protection of your rights to paddle without undue government interference or regulation such as the Transport Canada's boat registration, City of Calgary water closures, or other actions.
  • Alberta representation at CanoeKayak Canada Whitewater meetings and the ICF and development of new national programs such as:
    • NCCP training for leaders, instructiors, coaches of kayaking programs
    • Swiftwater Rescue training for paddlers
    • Passport for Paddlesport paddler development model
    • Long Term Athlete Development program
    • Schools in Pools program to facilitate teachers, swimming pool operators and kayak clubs coming together to offer learn to kayak programs for all children
    • Training for ICF officials in slalom, canoe polo and freestyle