Be River Wise This Summer

One-day river safety program for kids this summer

Submitted by Adventure Paddle School

The fun Fairmont Float, the serene Invermere to Radium paddle, an overnight on the Kootenay River or an adventurous dip in the Toby Creek; there are so many rivers in the East Kootenay’s that provide endless amounts of fun and adventure! Rivers that turn those who dare into lifelong adventurers!

It wasn’t long ago that these rivers were travelled by early day explorers to create maps of the land and to trade goods between villages. My guess is that these river trips were the most exciting and memorable part of the journey! Life is all about the journey and in this beautiful area of British Columbia, we are surrounded by mountains and rivers. Don’t miss out on what these amazing natural resources offer us- get outside and explore B.C.!

It is true, rivers can be dangerous if you aren’t educated about them. Like mountains, they are always changing. We do a great job in our valley to let the mountains offer us an adventure. Skiing, hiking, biking and more are things that many people do to find excitement in their days. You know the safe areas to embark on your adventure, you know how to stay warm and you know how to keep fed and hydrated! Would you be able to have the same safe adventure on a river this summer?

Rivers are powerful and relentless but also predictable! If you learn to read and understand how rivers work and how to find the ‘safe zones’ you can make them your playground! This summer, kids have the opportunity to learn about rivers in a fun, safe and educational program called River Wise. This program was put together by Rescue Canada; the nationally recognized association that trains our law enforcement officers, fire fighters, search and rescue personnel and anyone else who may require training. They have created a day long program for kids to ensure a healthy respect for the rivers so that they may enjoy a fun-filled safe adventure and to identify and avoid any dangers that may be present. By the end of this day long course each child will be able to identify and avoid hazards, understand river hydrology as well as wade and swim through class 1 rapids! They will be your safety guide when you decide to take your small river adventure this summer!

Adventure Paddle School in Invermere is a Rescue Canada agent that is able to provide these programs. They are offering the River Wise program for kids from 10-17 years of age early this July so that kids are ready for the summer! Join for 1 day of training July 8th, 9th, 10th OR 11th, to be Certified River Wise!

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