Handle to Hand is a new initiative created by Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta with the intent to get beginners out in the water and up behind a boat.

Our goals are to:

  • Promote physical activity and skill development for Albertans

  • Promote a healthy living and greater achievement in our future athletes

  • Provide more introductory programs and increase the services provided to all coaches and athletes

  • Offer recreational programs for all levels of participation by implementing the basics of any athlete development


Active start involves the youngest children. It exists to help them learn fundamental movements and link them with play.

Fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills largely rely on the ABC’s of Movement: Agility, Balance, and Coordination

Towed water sports can help to develop these skills and physical literacy by providing off and on water training.

Physical Literacy can be defined as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. (International Physical Literacy Association, 2014).

We want our parents to feel comfortable and confident with the programs their children are taking part in. Our coaches are trained and certified, and closely follow the standard Canadian Long Term Athlete Development guide. If you have questions about our programs or the LTAD please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at 780 415 0088 or 1 866 258 2754 

Active start works on 3 areas of development: physical, psychological and technical: 

Within the physical realm, it focuses on developing stability, gross motor skills, locomotor skills and manipulative skills. 

In the psychological aspect, active start aims to build confidence, self-esteem, good body structure, emotions, attitudes, and imagination. The activities participated in help participants to feel competent and comfortable.

Within the technical development, active start looks at developing basic swimming skills, comfort and safety awareness in boats, around docks, in and around the water. Children are introduced to deep water on a ski or wakeboard and this leads into wake crossing. Most importantly active start focuses on having fun and enjoying the water!

Upcoming Water Ski & Wakeboard Events

Stafford Lake

We are offering single day Handle to Hand clinics that use the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Rip 'N Ride skill progression program. Participants can choose any of the above activities to try for their first time or to develop their existing skills. Coaches are trained to use specialized equipment to lead participants through fun, safe and effective learning sessions. Participants can achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in all activities. Parent helpers are always welcome!

Head Coach: Brent Lloyd  

Cost:  $40 / session (1 lesson per day/session) + $20 for extra lessons 

Equipment Supplied:  Boat, all beginner and intermediate equipment, life jackets, shore activities

Equipment Needed:  Swimwear, sweatpants/sweater, sandals, towel, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, personal ski gear if preferred

Where:  Stafford Lake, 20kms east of Lethbridge        
When: Session can be scheduled on the following dates in 2 hour group lessons from 1PM until 6PM (Eg. 1-3, 3-5, and 5-7) - max of 4 people per 2 hour session 

Dates: July 11th, July 17th, August 7th, August 14th, and August 28th
Transportation to and from the lake is not provided.


If you have any questions, please contact Brent Lloyd
Email: bflloyd@telus.net 
Phone 403-393-0099
For More information on Rip 'N Ride Click Here

Chestermere Lake

These 3 day clinics are Handle to Hand clinics that utilize the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Rip n Ride skill progression. The program leads participants through a safe, effective and successful learning progression. . We utilize specialized equipment such as training boom, short line, and trainer skis. Fun and playful success is our priority. Participants can achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in both Water skiing and Wake boarding. Playful parents may also register if you want to make it a family event!

Coach:  Graeme MacDougall

Cost:  - $309/clinic

Equipment Supplied:  - Wetsuit, Drysuit (as needed), Skis, Wakeboard, Personal flotation device (PFD), bottled water and sunscreen

Equipment Needed:  - Swimsuit, sweatpants/sweater, sandals, towel, hat, lunch and snacks.

Where:  - Chestermere Lake, AB  - Boat lauch @ John Peake Park: 121 Chestermere Station Way

When:  - Each clinic will be held from 9am-4:30pm Tuesday-Thursday through July and August.

Dates: July 4-6, July 11-13, July 18-20, July 25-27, Aug 1-3, Aug 8-10, Aug 15-17, Aug 22-24



Transportation from Calgary:  Graeme is offering carpooling from Canada Olympic Park, pick up at 8am - return 6pm. Pick up along Hwy 1- 16th Ave N, can be arranged.

If you have any questions, please contact: Graeme MacDougall,

Email: graememacdougall65@hotmail.com Phone: 403-700-6587

For more information, email: info@wswa.ca

Thank you to our Sponsors


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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