The Not-So-Basics

All coaching levels embrace several philosophies and best practices. These include:

Active Start

Physical Literacy

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)


Active For Life

Make Ethical Decisions

Active Start:

From 0-6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and

movement, they develop the fundamental movement skills that will provide the foundation for

learning fundamental sports skills at older ages. Learn more at the Canadian Sport For Life website.

Physical Literacy:

First, the definition: "Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."

We believe in coaching practices that emphasize fundamental sport and movement

skills for children, to pave the way for a lifetime of involvement in towed water sports. 

Physical literacy and Active Start go hand in hand. Learn more at the Active Start website, 

or the PHE Canada website.

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD):

The LTAD is a a guideline, a general framework, and a path for optimal athlete development.

Developed by Canadian Sport for Life, LTAD is both a philosophy, and a physical document that guides

coaches and instructors in delivering the best possible environment for participants and athletes of all

ages, interests and abilities, in all the disciplines.

Learn more about the National LTAD plan here.

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada has developed its own LTAD document, called 'Waking up Champions'.

See it online here, or request a copy from our office.


The Rip'n'Ride grassroots program was developed by the WSWC. It is a fun and safe 

National towed water sports skill development program, designed to teach everyone the

skills needed to have fun on the water. Rip'n'Ride helps participants develop the

fundamental skills necessary in towed water sports. The program leads participants through

a safe and effective progression and encourages them to try various disciplines.  

Here in Alberta, we encourage our coaches and partners to utilise Rip'n'Ride. Get more information here.

Active for Life:

Active for Life reflects the recognition that sport and physical activity plays a critical role in promoting the wellness of all Canadians. Many participants simply want to develop and maintain their physical fitness with enjoyable physical activity at the recreational level. 

Make Ethical Decisions:

Make Ethical Decisions is required coach training, provided by the NCCP.  It helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport. It is a cornerstone of coach training in Canada. Learn more at the Coaching Association of Canada website.

Coach Training Program

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Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta


11759 Groat Road

Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6

Phone: 780-415-0088

Toll-free: 1-866-258-2754

Cell:  403-620-7259



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