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.
Stand Up Paddleboarding has quickly become recognizable part of the river community. From flatwater excursions to whitewater river running and surfing, there is something for everyone! AWA supports the development of SUP education, inclusion in club activities and river events.
Alberta has some great resources for SUP paddling and we encourage everyone to learn river safety basics before heading out.