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Water Experience 15

Water Experience 15

3 credit course; Group Bookings Available

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 (LDC1492) while learning flat water canoeing skills, hazard awareness and assessment, trip planning, Bow River watershed history and ecology, and leadership. 

 

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 students.
  • This is a 3-credit course with approximately 75 hours of instruction.
  • Water Experience 15 can accommodate up to 40 students.
  • A basic level of physical fitness is required.
  • Students are expected to provide their own outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for canoeing and outdoor activities. 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 safety
  • Develop familiarity with basic navigation and personal safety equipment
  • Develop informed decision making skills and build leadership capacity
  • Recognize hazards and ways to mitigate them

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 and hazard evaluation
  • assessment of risk
  • emergency situations
  • trip planning

Knowledge and understanding

  • water ecosystems and watershed health
  • the Bow River Watershed and impacts on this watershed
  • risk management procedures

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.

Online Course work

Duration

Activity

1 hour

Watersheds & Canada's Hydrologic Diversity

1 hour

Local Water Challenges and Issues

1 hour

Your Personal Connection with Water

1 hour

Hazard Assessment and Safety

1 hour

Water Images and Course Themes

 

Water Experience 15 - Schedule

Locations & activities may change due to weather, timing, attending school policy, etc.

Day 1

Time

Activity

Location

 

Arrival

CROLC

~9:30am

Welcome and Introduction Information

Move into Cabins

CROLC

10:30am

Sense of Place Activity

What is a watershed? 

Parts of the Bow River watershed - where are we?

Hand out journals and introduce

What is a Watershed?

CROLC lawn

11:00am

Trip planning: 

  1. How to pack for day trip - show what is packed in leader’s pack
  2. Personal gear - what are we doing? where are we going?

CROLC/

lawn

11:30am

Lunch

CROLC

12:30pm

Transport to Seebe

CROLC

1:30pm

Introduction to Voyageur (Big Boat) canoeing 

Seebe Dam

4:00pm

Pack Up Gear

 

4:30pm

TRANSPORT TO CROLC

CROLC

 

Free time - hang gear, showers

 

6:00pm

Dinner

CROLC

6:45pm

Clean Up - Dishes, Tables

CROLC

7:00pm

Navigation Activity:  Compass course and Bow River Watershed history

CROLC

Log Circle

8:45pm

Journal Questions - “Basic Canoeing Skills”

CROLC

9:00pm

Campfire / Day Debrief / Games / Free time/ Knot Tying

Fire pit

10:00pm

Students to cabins

Cabins

 

Day 2 

Time

Activity

Location

7:00am

Wake up, pack day packs

 

7:30am

Breakfast

CROLC

8:00am

Gear up - personal gear and day packs and Wet suit, wet booties

 

8:45am

TRANSPORT to Seebe

Seebe 

9:15am

Canoeing Skills Introduction

 

12:30pm

Bag Lunch 

 

~1:00pm

Canoeing skills and maneuvers continued

 

 

~2:30pm

Canoe games

 

4:00pm

Pack up Gear

 

4:30pm

TRANSPORT to CROLC

CROLC

 

Free time - hang gear, shower, journals

 

6:00pm

Dinner

CROLC

6:45pm

Clean up - dishes, tables

 

7:00pm

Pond study: Interpretive points – wetlands, natural filters, wildlife, water usage

Middle Lake

8:45pm

Journal Questions - “Water Usage in Canada” 

 

9:00 pm

Knot Tying/ Day Debrief / Free (journal) time

 

10:00pm

Students to Cabins

cabins

 

Day 3

Time

Activity

Location

7:00am

Wake up, pack day pack and lunches, journals!!

 

7:30am


Breakfast 

CROLC

8:00am

Gear Up - wet suits, day packs, wet booties

 

8:45am

TRANSPORT to Seebe

Seebe

9:00am

Canoeing Skill Continued

 

11:00am

Throw Bag Practice and Dry land training 

 

12:00pm

Lunch

 

1:00pm

Canoeing skills evaluation (Paddle Canada skills checklist)

-canoe/paddle parts, communication, strokes, maneuvers, GAMES!

Rescue practice:  canoe over canoe rescue training and practice 

 

4:00pm

Load and Pack Canoe trailers 

Seebe

4:45pm

TRANSPORT TO CROLC

CROLC

 

Free time - hang gear, shower, journals

CROLC

6:00pm

Dinner

CROLC

6:45pm

Clean up - Dishes, Tables

 

7:00pm

Shelter Building

forest just N of Centre

8:00pm

Journals

CROLC

8:30pm

River Hazards Group Discussion 

 

9:00pm

Campfire / Day Debrief / Games / Free time

Fire pit

10:00pm

Students to cabins

Cabins


Day 4

Time

Activity

Location

 

Wake up, pack up, clean cabins and start packing, pack lunches

 

8:00am

Breakfast

CROLC

8:30am

Gear up - personal gear and day packs

 

9:20am

Depart for Hike

Barrier Lake 

9:30am

Watershed Hike

 
 

Bag lunch 

 

~1:00pm

Bus returns to CROLC

CROLC

1:15pm

Showers, clean out rooms, vacuum cabins

Return and check in all paddling gear

Journal Questions - Solo Reflection

CROLC

2:00pm

Closing Circle 

 

~2:30pm

Departure