Please do not ever use an Ankle Leash while Paddleboarding on a river. Ankle leashes are a serious entrapment hazard on rivers, as the force of the moving water makes it difficult or impossible to release the leash in the event of an entrapment.
The Alberta Whitewater Association has received a Transport Canada Grant of $225,000 for several river safety initiatives that we will be working on from 2023-2025. The River Watercraft Safety Program has three parts:
1. Set Up a PFD Lending Station at Harvie Passage in Calgary.
2. A SUP awareness campaign about the dangers of ankle leashes in moving water.
3. An Online River Safety course for the general recreational paddler on the basics of river safety.