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Water Experience 15

3 credit course

Group bookings available for 2017/2018

Experience water like you never have before! join us for a 4-day experiential learning adventure in the Bow Valley Watershed. Earn 3 credits in a Locally Developed Course (LDC2492) while developing your moving water canoeing and leadership skills and investigating the impacts of water.

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General Water Experience 15 Course Information

  • Water Experience 15 is a locally developed course offered by Canadian Rockies Public Schools
  • Water Experience 15 is open to students in Grade 10-12.
  • This is a 3-credit course with approximately 75 hours of instruction.
  • Water Experience 15 can accommodate up to 18 students.
  • No prerequisite courses are necessary, however, this course involves full days of activity in an outdoor environment so a basic level of physical fitness is recommended.
  • Students are expected to provide their own outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for the activity. A gear list will be provided.

General Water Experience 15 Learning Outcomes

The objectives of this course are to build water navigation, aquatic ecosystem knowledge and leadership skills in a context of critical thinking.  It also highlights best practice methods for inquiry research, problem solving, and analysis.

It is our intention that through this course students will:

  • Display a level of familiarity with techniques and technology that allows them to confidently respond to emergency situations
  • Demonstrate understanding of flatwater canoeing safety
  • Develop familiarity with basic navigation and personal safety equipment
  • Develop informed decision making skills and build leadership capacity
  • Access and apply online risk management resources

The aforementioned skills will be delivered in the context of the following:

  • Teach and model high quality best practice risk management skills across the outdoor education community
  • Foster and appreciation for terrain diversity
  • Appreciate the global nature of environmental issues
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of multiple technologies

Lake travel

  • technique development (students have the opportunity to earn a Paddle Canada Certificate)
  • terrain evaluation
  • assessment of risk
  • emergency situations

Knowledge and understanding

  • water ecosystems
  • the Rocky Mountain watersheds
  • risk management process

Leadership and Social Skills

  • communication skills
  • community building and acceptance of others
  • self-reflection

Appreciation and values

  • stewardship
  • role modeling
  • active ambassadorship

Fitness

  • personal water skills
  • nutrition
  • lifelong healthy lifestyle choices

Detailed Water Experience 15 Course Outline

*exact program activities, locations and timings of course elements are subject to change.

Day 1

Time

Activity

8:45 am

Arrival at Outdoor Learning Centre

9:00 am

Gear check and any rain gear.
Startup briefing, setting the tone

9:45 am

Topic 1 - CROLC Tour / Photohunt

10:15 am

Topic 2 – Map and Compass Navigation

11:45 am

Topic 3 - Explore the Bow Valley – History skits

12:30 pm

Lunch

1:30pm

Transport to lake

2:00 am

Topic 4 - Introduction to Canoes and Gear / Fit PFDs

2:15 pm

Topic 5 - On Water Activities (Basic Skills)

5:05 pm

Pack Up Gear / Store Canoes

5:15 pm

Transport to CROLC

5:45 pm

Dinner

6:45 pm

Journaling and Knots practice
Free time

7:30 pm

Topic 6 - Trip planning

9:15 pm

Topic 13 - Intro to photography and online photosharing

9:30 pm

Campfire

10:30pm

Lights Out

Day 2

Time

Activity

8:30 am

Breakfast

9:15 am

Transport to river

10:00 am

 

Topic 7 and 8 Canoe Skills – on water activities

12:30 pm

Bag lunch

1:00 pm

Topic 9 - Intro to canoe tripping and rescue gear

1:45 pm

Topic 10 Canoe rescue - on water activities

4:45 pm

Pack up Gear/Dry off and change into dry clothes

5:00 pm

transport to CROLC

5:45 pm

Dinner

6:45 pm

Free Time / Journaling / Final Project

7:10 pm

Walk to Bow River

7:40 pm

Bow River: Intro to moving water/river rescue

8:50 pm

Walk back to CROLC

9:30 pm

Campfire

10:30pm

Lights Out

Day 3

Time

Activity

8:30 am

Breakfast

9:15 am

Depart CROLC

9:45 am

Topic 12- Whitewater rafting

11:45 am

Depart Seebe

12:30 pm

Bag lunch

1:30 pm

Yamnuska hike

5:00 pm

transport from Yamnuska to CROLC

5:30 pm

Dinner

6:30 pm

Free Time / Journaling / Final Project

6:45 pm

Topic 14 - Weathering the Storm

7:45 pm

Topic 15 - Shelter Building

9:00 pm

Free Time / Journaling / Final Project

9:30 pm

Campfire

10:30pm

Lights Out

Day 4

Time

Activity

8:30 am

Breakfast

9:00 am

Walk to Middle Lake

9:30 am

Topic 16 - Pond study

11:00 am

Depart for Seebe Dam

11:20 am

Arrive at Seebe Dam / Unload Canoes/Safety talk

11:45 pm

Topic 17 - On Water Activities

12:30pm

Bag lunch

3:20 pm

Pack Up Gear / Load Canoes

3:30 pm

Closing Circle

Depart for home

Water Experience 15 Assessment

Students will be given a variety of assignments throughout the Water Experience 15 course. Student work will be collected by the course administrator to be used to evaluate their learning. Some course work will be submitted using Google Classroom (online pre-course work), while other assignments (such as the Course Journal) will be completed on site.  Online course assessments are valued at 40% of the final grade.  Immersion participation, activities, and assignments are valued at 60% of the final grade.

Special resources, facilities or equipment necessary

Students will need access to a computer and sign in instructions for Google Classroom in order to complete the online course work. All trip accommodation, food, resources, and equipment is provided by the Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre.

Risk assessment and Safety

Training and Certification

Winter Travel 15 is facilitated by Canadian Rockies Public Schools teachers and/or  outdoor professionals who possess current industry standard training and certifications and experience working with groups in the outdoors.

Water Environment

The water environment can present challenges with immersion in cold water and water related hazards. Gear lists will be issued to students prior to the course and will be checked upon arrival. Extra clothing and gear will be on hand for students to borrow in case of inadequate preparation. Students will be briefed thoroughly on the appropriate dress and layering technique for outdoor clothing, use of safety equipment, as well as hazard awareness and mitigation.

Transportation

Transportation to and from the course start and end locations are the responsibility of the visiting school or student unless arranged otherwise.

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