River Safety -

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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.

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River Watercraft Safety Program Sponsors


We are very grateful to have received funding contributions from the following sponsors:

AQOutdoors - Donated funds for the purchase of two AEDs. These emergency lifesaving devices will be stored at Harvie Passage and Canoe Meadows during the paddling season and could save someone's life.

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Mustang Survival - Donated PFDs and sold us PFDs at cost for the Harvie Passage PFD Lending Station

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Paddle Alberta - Donation for the purchase of PFDs for the Harvie Passage PFD Lending Station


PFD Lending Station at Harvie Passage

We are working with the City of Calgary to launch a free PFD Lending station at Harvie Passage in downtown Calgary.

SUPUnleashed Campaign


We want to encourage SUP Paddlers not to use ankle leashes on moving water. Leashes are a serious entrapment hazard on moving water that have caused several fatalities in Alberta. For more information, check out our SUP Safety Page.

Podcast about Leash use - The Safety Break


Watercraft Safety Course

We are currently working on developing a free online safety course for recreational river users.

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