Summer Programs 2020

We are slowly reopening our program offerings.
Here are all programs currently available in this phase.

Remote Responder - 24 Hrs

An ideal course for backcountry enthusiasts and weekend warriors. This training is recognized by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety and includes a full day of practical scenarios. This course is NOT appropriate or adequate for trip leaders, instructors or those undertaking extended travel in remote areas. Prerequisite: none. Certification: Remote Responder (WFA) Certification (valid for 3 years) – includes CPR and AED training. Includes: certified instructor, use of first aid equipment, course manual.

Remote Responder Recertification - 14 Hrs

Every 3 years participants must recertify their Remote Responder Certification. The course consists of two evening classes and one field day. Prerequisite: current Remote Responder or equivalent Wilderness First Aid certification. Includes: certified instructor, use of first aid equipment, course manual.

Adventure Medic - 40 Hrs

Adventure Medic is the wilderness first aid standard in terms of content and course length for outdoor activity leaders, teachers and instructors. This course is also suitable for avid outdoor enthusiasts. The program covers patient assessment and treatment, evacuation decision-making, environmental emergencies, and includes the latest CPR and AED standards. This course is presented by blending classroom theory and practice with 2 days of outdoor practical scenarios. Prerequisite: none. Certification: Adventure Medic Certification (valid for 3 years). Recognized by Alberta OH&S as ‘exceeding’ Standard First Aid. Includes: certified instructor, use of first aid equipment, course manual.

Adventure Medic Recertification - 20 Hrs

Every 3 years participants are required to refresh their Adventure Medic skills. This 20-hour recertification course is presented by blending classroom theory and practice with outdoor practical scenarios. Certification: Adventure Medic Certification (valid for 3 years). Recognized by Alberta OH&S as ‘exceeding’ Standard First Aid. Includes: certified instructor, use of first aid equipment, course manual.

Advanced Adventure Medic Bridge Course - 40 Hrs

This course is designed to raise your current level of certification to one appropriate for guides and leaders, for those who are going on extended and remote expeditions, or for those wishing to work as professional ski patrollers in Alberta. This intense 5-day program involves a high level of commitment from the learner. Prerequisite: current Adventure Medic or Wilderness First Aid (40 hours) Certification. Certification must be dated no more than 1 year prior to the start date of the bridge course. Completion of pre-course assignments is required prior to course commencement. Certification: Advanced Adventure Medic (valid 3 years) including Basic Life Support CPR and AED training. Recognized by Alberta OH&S. Includes: certified instructor, use of first aid equipment, course manual.

Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder Recertification - 40 Hrs

Every 3 years participants are required to refresh their Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder skills. This 5-day (40-hour) program offers ample opportunities for discussion, review, and practice of both theory and skills taught in the full course. This program moves at a relaxed pace and ensures that learners leave with a thorough understanding of course topics, resulting in a renewal of your existing Advanced Adventure Medic or Wilderness First Responder certification. Prerequisite: current 80-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. Includes: certified instructor, use of first aid equipment, course manual.

A. Intro to Lake Canoeing

You'll learn the basics in this beginner flatwater canoeing lesson that takes place at Bowness Park.  Learn how to track straight lines, turn, brace and how to control your canoe and work together with your partner. We will enjoy paddling in the shelter of the lagoon and down the canal.  Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

B. Intro to River Canoeing

Build on your flatwater canoeing skills and take them to the Bow River. Join us at Bowness Park where you will learn the skills to safely navigate moving water. You will learn how to do eddy turns and forward ferries in order to increase your confidence on the river. Prerequisite: Canoeing A or equivalent experience. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

C. Intro to Whitewater Canoeing

Canoeing just got thrilling! Now that you've moved onto the river, we'll help you to improve river-running and maneuvering skills as you run the rapids of the Bow River west of Cochrane. This is a full-day course. Prerequisite: Canoeing B or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

D. Whitewater Canoeing - Next Step

Learn how to read whitewater and practice the skills needed to maneuver your canoe through rapids on the Lower Kananaskis River. This full-day course is your chance to take your river canoe skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

ABC Canoeing Complete Beginner Weekend

Save money with this popular course that takes you through the canoeing ABC lessons in one fun weekend. Start with Friday evening's basic flatwater skills and then spend Saturday learning river fundamentals. On Sunday, you'll spend a full day learning and perfecting whitewater skills, finishing with a river run to put it all into practice. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

Whitewater Canoeing Clinic

Challenge your whitewater skills on either the Kananaskis or Upper Red Deer Rivers in this 2-day clinic. These rivers have some of the best whitewater around! Your skills will be tested, so you must be comfortable on the water and have a good grasp of eddy turns and ferries. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABCD or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

ABC Solo Whitewater Intro Series

 In this 3-evening introductory series, you will move from flatwater to the exciting whitewater at Harvie Passage.  We will start at the lagoon at Bowness park, move to the eddies and end up at Harvie Passage on the last night.  We'll focus on teaching the essential strokes and build up your skills so you are comfortable on the river. Our solo canoes are designed for those wanting to progress to whitewater. They are smaller with thigh straps and a saddle—easier to maneuver in moving water.Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.

Sea Kayaking Introduction

This fun 2.5-hour intro will give you the skills required to safely maneuver a sea kayak on flatwater. We'll cover water safety, essential equipment, launching, landing and stroke development. The we'll go for a fun tour on the beautiful Glenmore Reservoir. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all sea kayaking gear.

A. Recreational Kayaking - Intro to Lake

Recreational kayaks are stable boats designed for casual paddling on calm water—perfect for newbies. Join us for a 2.5-hour session at Bowness Park and learn the basic strokes you need to enjoy a short tour. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.

A. Intro to River Kayaking

Get a taste of river kayaking at Bowness Park. In this full day course, you will learn how to wet exit and paddle a kayak through fun games and expert instruction in the Bowness eddies. The afternoon will be focussed on getting into the moving water and learning how to do eddy turns and ferries. This is a great course to welcome you to the world of river kayaking. Prerequisite: 12+. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

B. Intro to white water Kayaking

After you have moved onto the river, spend a day with us improving your river-running and maneuvering skills as you experience the rapids on the exciting Harvie Passage in the city. Gain confidence in whitewater under the watchful eye of our knowledgeable and passionate instructors. Prerequisite: Intro to River Kayaking A. Includes: instructor, all river kayaking gear.

Intro to Lake Stand Up Paddleboarding

This 2.5 hour course will give you the skills needed to enjoy a day of flatwater, outside on a stand up paddleboard. We'll teach you proper paddling form and how to balance and maneuver the board. You'll learn about equipment, paddling safety and the best locations. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all SUP gear.

SUP Fitness

Join us for a fun new way to stay fit this Summer- outside on a stand up paddle board! Get coached in a four week fitness program designed to get you motivated and give you a great core workout. We'll meet at a local flatwater location for two hours in the evening once a week, and work on strength, balance and endurance while introducing the basics of stand up paddle boarding. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all SUP gear.

Guided Day Hikes

Join us for a day of group hiking in the Bow Valley, Kananaskis Country and beyond with an experienced guide. Enjoy spring flowers, ridgetop views, pristine lakes, alpine meadows and fall colours while learning about local ecology, pacing, travel skills, map reading, group safety and more. Trips are available for all fitness levels and interests. Prerequisite: none. Includes: guide. Some trips include van transportation.

Scrambling Skills Intro

Enjoy a day of scrambling skills that will get you off the beaten path. We’ll cover wilderness skills, terrain recognition and trip planning which are used for safe mountain travel. This will include map reading and navigation, group management and managing steep terrain using rope. On the way we’ll attempt a scrambling peak in Banff Park or Kananaskis. Guide to guest ratio is 1:6. Prerequisite: good-very good fitness. Previous hiking experience an asset. Includes: ACMG certified guide, backcountry permits.

1. Outdoor Rock Climbing Intro

Spend a day with us and be inspired to make rock climbing a lifelong passion. You’ll stay safe as you learn skills under the guidance of our enthusiastic ACMG-certified instructors. Rock climbing is one of the best sports to get fit, get social and get outside. Using excellent local crags, our instructors will get you climbing confidently with the proper gear. You'll be set on the right route to becoming a rock climber in no time. Prerequisite: none. Includes: guide and climbing equipment.

2. Lead Climbing Intro Day (outdoor)

Do you know the basics of outdoor climbing and want to start leading? Or perhaps you’re already leading indoors? In this 1-day course, our highly-qualified instructors will help you perfect your skills and lead climb with confidence. Learn about guidebook interpretation, route selection and grades, placing protection, clipping and ropework, building belays, climbing movement technique and rappelling. Prerequisite: Intro to Lead Climbing (indoor) or equivalent experience. Includes: guide and technical climbing equipment (excludes personal climbing equipment).

3. Trad Climbing Intro Day (outdoor)

If you have experience leading sport climbs and understand basic lead climbing principles, then this accelerated 1-day Trad Climbing Intro program (a condensed version of our Trad Leader 2-day) is for you. Be prepared for a faster pace as you are introduced to trad gear and placement, gear anchors and leading strategies. The morning is spent practicing placements and anchors and the afternoon builds up to practice leads. Prerequisite: Intro to Lead Climbing (outdoor) or equivalent experience. Includes: guide and technical climbing equipment (excludes personal climbing equipment).

4. Trad Leader 2-day (outdoor)

This 2-day course combines the fundamental skills learned in Trad Climbing Intro Day with the additional practice necessary to be independent on single-pitch trad routes. The skills taught in this course carry over into crack, sport, ice, and alpine climbing. You’ll have the chance to build up to top-roped and supervised leads, and develop the skills to safely lead single-pitch rock climbs on your own. Prerequisite: Intro to Lead Climbing (outdoor) or equivalent experience. Includes: guide and technical climbing equipment (excludes personal climbing equipment).

5. Rock Rescue Intro Day (outdoor)

You’re stuck! Now what? This is the course that every rock climber should take. You'll spend a full day learning valuable self-rescue techniques and coping strategies to get out of those tricky situations that should never arise, but too often do. Put your mind (and those of your partners) at ease by understanding exactly how you'd react in an emergency. Prerequisite: Intro to Lead Climbing (outdoor) or equivalent experience Includes: Guide and technical climbing equipment (excludes personal climbing equipment).

Mount Athabasca Summit

Come join an experienced ACMG guide for an attempt on the summit of Mount Athabasca, the iconic peak that towers over the Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields Centre.

Depending on experience and conditions, routes might include the Ramp Route, AA Col, or the Silverhorn.

Guide to guest ratio 2:1

Novice Hang Gliding

Hang gliding is the simplest form of flying—it's almost like having wings on your back. Lessons with our experienced instructors consist of an evening lecture to cover flight theory and logistics, and 4 hours of practical flight training in a city park. You'll start with short, low flights and as your skill and comfort level increases, you’ll gradually progress up the hill to higher take-off points and longer flights. It's safe and fun. Prerequisite: none. Includes: certified instructor, all equipment.

Novice Paragliding

Feel the freedom of flying with the maneuverable nylon wings of a paraglider. Lessons with our experienced instructors include an evening lecture that covers equipment, flight theory and logistics. Then on the weekend you'll have 4 hours of practical flight training in a city park to learn how to launch, steer and fly the paraglider. You'll start on flat ground, and as your skill and comfort level increases, you'll gradually progress up the hill to higher take-off points. Prerequisite: none. Includes: certified instructor, all equipment.

Fly Fishing Intro

Whether you're new to fishing, or have experience spin casting, this day trip will give you a chance to try out the art of fly fishing at a beautiful mountain destination. You will learn the basics—like setting up the rod, to finding the best spots to fish. Then you’ll learn how to cast under the watchful eye of our experienced guide. Prerequisite: valid Alberta Sportfishing License. Includes: guide/instructor, fishing gear.

Oldman River Fishing Weekend

Join us for a weekend of fly fishing and camping on the upper Oldman River and Dutch Creek. This major drainage offers outstanding fishing with beautiful scenery and classic high-country cutthroats. We'll spend a day fishing each of the waterways, and enjoy fish tales and fly-tying around the campfire in the evening. This remote fishing trip is great for new or experienced anglers and families. Learn about fly selection, basic aquatic insects, trout diet, basic casting and how to read the water to find trout. Prerequisite: A. Fly Fishing 101 recommended, valid Alberta Sportfishing License. Includes: guide/instructor, fishing gear.

Swiftwater Rescue 1

The dynamic environment of moving water must be treated with respect, especially when adrenaline is running high during the coordination of a rescue. This 1-day course offers a combination of theoretical and practical skill development with certification by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine. Prerequisite: standard first aid, ability to swim 50m. Includes: instructor, safety gear.

Swiftwater Rescue 2

Learn how to be an asset in a rescue situation with this 1-day course that builds on the rescue principles learned in Swiftwater Rescue 1. Certification is provided by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine. Prerequisite: Swiftwater Rescue 1. Includes: instructor, safety gear.