Alberta Safe Rider School Program

Alberta Safe Riders – Alberta Snowmobile Association program

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The Alberta Safe Riders delivers interactive and fast paced seminars to Alberta school students of all ages promoting safe and responsible, all season off road riding habits and techniques.  Accidents are predictable and preventable. We have choices in where, when, how and who we ride with. Good choices set us up for success. Pushing the limits or sloppy planning may lead to a close call, or worse, a serious injury or even a fatality.

Note: This program is provided FREE OF CHARGE to school groups throughout Alberta.
Costs are covered by the Alberta Snowmobile Association and corporate partners.
A special word of thanks to Avalanche Canada as they have been supporting this program as a significant presenting partner for the past 8 years!

 

 

 

 

 

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Another great season is underway with Zac’s Tracs and the Alberta Snowmobile Association!

In the past eight seasons the ASA Safe Rider Off-Highway Vehicle Safety program was presented by Lori Zacaruk and her team to over 81,200 school students. 1161 presentations were made in 454 schools. In a typical season we travel 16,000 km teaching avalanche courses, ASA Safe Rider courses and attending tradeshows in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

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Program Feedback:

Comments and photos from SENIOR HIGH School presentations,
  • "She had experience in what she was talking about, didn't just only talk about stats. I would recommend this program to other schools every 3 years to remind the students the dangers of all vehicles. Students should not only know the liability of highway vehicles but also off-road vehicles." -Janitor, St. Mary's Catholic School, Vegreville, AB
  • "Interactive, lots of student involvement. Good visuals, hands on examples. Presentation had lots of transitions, built in movement, not just sitting down. You did a great job, nothing comes to mind to change to improve things. Shared lots of personal stories and humor to keep students engaged. This program saves lives!" -Mr. Pond, Teacher, Vegreville Composite, Vegreville, AB
  • "Very knowledgeable with tons of experience to tell stories to relate safety topics to kids keeping them engaged. Really liked the decision making model (Teder Toder)" - M. Kobelsky, Teacher, Vegreville Composite School, Vegreville, AB
  • "Well set up, lots of enthusiasm and great experiences! Lots of great information and material for students to take home. The presenter knows and understands the high school students. Allowed students to participate and work with the equipment. Students were very engaged." -E. Hansen, Teacher, Vegreville Composite, Vegreville, AB
  • "The speaker had a very commanding voice and was very easy to listen to her important message. Was made "real" and "relevant" to each student personally. Great student interaction. Lori was passionate in her topic. We are a rural community and most studetns have access to this type of equipment and would want this program to be presented in our school in future years." -Teacher, Viking School, Viking, AB
  • "Really gets everyone thinking from many different angles! Materials and teaching methods had good variety. Presenter knows her stuff! Her passion comes through! The use of lots of props an visuals were very beneficial. I would recommend this program to other schools! Important info or teens who are thrill seeking, fun focused and low understanding of responsibility." - C. Pilkey, Mental Health Professional/Trauma Thearpist, Irma, AB
  • "Interesting, interactive, appropriate material, great Powerpoint. Great use of video clips. Students were able to participate. Very relevant for our students. Thank you!" - Teacher, Irma School, Irma, AB
  • Perfect OHV Safety Program for our Grade 7-12 school

    "The Safe Rider program presented by Lori Zacaruk of the Alberta Snowmobile Association was perfect for our Grade 7-12 school. It focused on the core concepts that OHV users need to know in order to participate in these activities in a safe way. The information was presented in a clear and age appropriate way and that included a good balance of story telling, audience participation, multimedia, data presentation and instructions. Definitely an enjoyable presentation that impacted students in a positive way." -A. Argento, Outdoor Education Teacher, Oilfields High School, Black Diamond AB
  • The overall ATV Safety presentation was a 5/5!! "Lori is an excellent presenter. She had an excellent connection with our students and was able to sustain their interest throughout the entire presentation (Some of our students attended a double presentation for a total time of 120 minutes). Our program covered snowmobile, ATV, and avalanche safety. Lori was excellent in terms of her ability to relate to our students and managed to engage students that are typically non-participants in traditional learning environments. The backdrops, props, videos and gear kept the students focused and engaged. It was perfectly suited to our ‘hands-on’ students. This presentation was very relevant and valuable to our students as our riders are getting younger and younger. What better place to teach safety than in school. We would like to see this program again and are interested to participate with Lori in a Video Conferencing learning environment should this become available in the future!" - S Cummings, M Taylor, K McIntyre, Teachers, Sundre Learning Centre, Sundre, AB
  • Alberta Safe Riders a 5/5! "The program was very informative, easy to understand and made the students aware of the dangers without being scary. Good for our younger audience. The instructor was/is an operator of the machines which made the material more real. Lori had a connection to the students right from the start. The visual display, hands on activities and interaction with the students was excellent. She is the best presenter I’ve seen.  Looking forward to the program returning in the future. Repetition is the trick." -A. Ungurian and M. Gerber, Teachers, Teepee Creek School, Sexsmith, AB

Comments and photos from JUNIOR HIGH School presentations,
  • "Very thorough, variety of activities, adjusted presentation for the audience.  Great video clips and lots of visuals in the Power Point.  I like when you emphasize when you make a good decision you own it and when you make bad decision you MUST own that too! Wish there was more time for Q&A.  Very knowledgeable with tons of experience to tell stories to relate to the topic of safety to the kids.  Kept the kid engaged.  I liked the decision making model (Teder Toder) you emphasize." -M. Kobelsky, Teacher, St. Marys Catholic School, Vegreville, AB
  • "Very engaging for the students. The drinking and driving scenarios hit home for this town. Extremely relevant topic for these small towns. Great examples in the slideshow, kept students engaged. Helped to have the students read the consequences of not wearing a helmet accidents in front of the audience. Presentation was very interesting for teachers and students. Impactful videos, especially the ones about close calls. Lori was a great speaker, kids respected the speaker. The series of contributing factors activity was very engaging. Great presentation! Great for our town!" -Teacher, Viking School, Viking, AB
  • "Great, interesting info. Interactive activities that were relevant and fun for the students. Visual aids were large and colorful. The students were interested in topic. The mix of sitting passively and than standing and interchanging was great. Presenter spoke loudly and with emphasis, interacted well with the audience. Our community has suffered numerous tragic events related to this presentation. I would absolutely recommend this program to other schools." - T. Sommerfield, Teacher, Fank Maddock School, Drayton Valley, AB
  • Perfect OHV Safety Program for our Grade 7-12 school

    "The Safe Rider program presented by Lori Zacaruk of the Alberta Snowmobile Association was perfect for our Grade 7-12 school. It focused on the core concepts that OHV users need to know in order to participate in these activities in a safe way. The information was presented in a clear and age appropriate way and that included a good balance of story telling, audience participation, multimedia, data presentation and instructions. Definitely an enjoyable presentation that impacted students in a positive way." -A. Argento, Outdoor Education Teacher, Oilfields High School, Black Diamond AB
  • The overall ATV Safety presentation was a 5/5!! "Lori is an excellent presenter. She had an excellent connection with our students and was able to sustain their interest throughout the entire presentation (Some of our students attended a double presentation for a total time of 120 minutes). Our program covered snowmobile, ATV, and avalanche safety. Lori was excellent in terms of her ability to relate to our students and managed to engage students that are typically non-participants in traditional learning environments. The backdrops, props, videos and gear kept the students focused and engaged. It was perfectly suited to our ‘hands-on’ students. This presentation was very relevant and valuable to our students as our riders are getting younger and younger. What better place to teach safety than in school. We would like to see this program again and are interested to participate with Lori in a Video Conferencing learning environment should this become available in the future!" - S Cummings, M Taylor, K McIntyre, Teachers, Sundre Learning Centre, Sundre, AB
  • Alberta Safe Riders a 5/5! "The program was very informative, easy to understand and made the students aware of the dangers without being scary. Good for our younger audience. The instructor was/is an operator of the machines which made the material more real. Lori had a connection to the students right from the start. The visual display, hands on activities and interaction with the students was excellent. She is the best presenter I’ve seen.  Looking forward to the program returning in the future. Repetition is the trick." -A. Ungurian and M. Gerber, Teachers, Teepee Creek School, Sexsmith, AB
  • This Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Information was Extremely Important

    "I was really happy with Lori’s Safe Riders presentation for our middle school students at Pine Grove in Edson. She immediately captured the kids attention with her display, which included a sled and a small quad. Her interactive style kept the kids involved and her personal stories about racing were really interesting for them to hear. But most importantly, Lori brought a wealth of knowledge about how to stay safe on quads, sleds, dirt bike and during snow sports. For a group of students in a rural community, the large majority of whom are involved in these activities on a regular basis, this information was extremely important. It is presentations like this that will help us keep our young people safe and reduce the number of accidents which occur each year. Thank you Lori!" -Helen Payette, Teacher, Pine Grove School, Edson, AB
Comments and photos from ELEMENTARY School presentations,
  • "Lori was an excellent speaker. She kept the students engaged. She had them moving at times so they could refocus. By using a variety of students they were all engaged. Also using actual OHV the students were able to sit on them! It was engaging and applicable to many students." -D. Ratzlaff, Teacher, Irma School, Irma, AB
  • "Kept students engaged while still providing quality info. Visuals helped the students to see exactly what was being talked about. Presentation was very upbeat and east to listen too. The presenter was very energetic and enthusiastic and the kids seemed to really enjoyed listening to her. Its very relevant to our students as many of them have ATVs at their home or ride them." - Teacher, Irma School, Irma, AB
  • "Very good interaction with the group. Good pace and gave kids movement breaks. Many of my students are using these, but I know many are not practicing good safety. Love the emphasis on not loading the seats, I see it all the time." -Teacher, Seba Beach School, Seba Beach, AB
  • "Thanks for the movement breaks, loved that we got to practice the skills they learned today. Excellent balance of movement, practice and information. Awesome fielding questions and comments. Yes please! I want this program back in our school in future years. I hear lots of stories from my students about unsafe riding. This is absolutely needed in other schools, especially in rural areas. Lots of students have access to these vehicles and ride them frequently - often in an unsafe manner." -M. Lee, Teacher, Seba Beach School, Seba Beach, AB
  • "Kept attention, age appropriate, and movement breaks were incorporated. Visual aids were all families, fun and age appropriate. The presenter was awesome! So perfect for the kids. All of these kids need to learn the "proper" safety rules. So I would like to see this in my school in future years. I recommend this for other schools. Its so important and very applicable to any students in any community. Everyone comes in contact eventually." -E. Cowle, Teacher, St. Martins School, Vegreville, AB
  • "She did an excellent job with the age group, interactive and movement breaks were great. Very imformative and great visual cues. Good idea to actually have the snowmobile and quad. Loved that she included the students to demonstrate!:) It was well done! 🙂 More children and families are enjoying these machines now so its very important for children to be knowledgeable." -K.Beida, Teacher, St. Martins School, Vegreville, AB
  • "Interactive, engaging and informative. There was a good mixture of videos, slides, and explaining. Great to have actual machine on site for the students to see. She did a fantastic job with keeping students engaged. A repeat of info in necessary for rules/saftey to skin in and register. This program was fantastic and at their level!" -Mrs. C, Teacher, St. Martins School, Vegreville, AB
  • "She keeps students attention. Material was relevant. Like the videos she used to teach the students with. She had great control of a large audience. As a rural school the majority of the students use ATV's/Snowmobiles therefore I would like to see this program back in my school again and to be shown in other schools as well." -L.Salsbury, Teacher, St. Martins School, Vegreville, AB
  • "Materials helped keep students engaged and interested. Movement breaks helped students stay focused and were appropriate to presentation. She was excellent and provided time for the students to share stories and related topics to presentation. Great program for rural schools with students who have access to OHV. Valuable info that would be important to hear at all division levels." -Miss Rogers, Teacher, Mundare School, Mundare, AB
  • "Excellent presentations, doesn't need any improvements. Lori got the students involved. Excellent materials, visuals and presentation. Lori explained the ASA Safe Riders rules excellent. Lori is an excellent presenter! 5/5 VERY BENEFICIAL" -B.Horne, Educational Assistant, Mundare School, Mundare, AB
  • The overall ATV Safety presentation was a 5/5!! "Lori is an excellent presenter. She had an excellent connection with our students and was able to sustain their interest throughout the entire presentation (Some of our students attended a double presentation for a total time of 120 minutes). Our program covered snowmobile, ATV, and avalanche safety. Lori was excellent in terms of her ability to relate to our students and managed to engage students that are typically non-participants in traditional learning environments. The backdrops, props, videos and gear kept the students focused and engaged. It was perfectly suited to our ‘hands-on’ students. This presentation was very relevant and valuable to our students as our riders are getting younger and younger. What better place to teach safety than in school. We would like to see this program again and are interested to participate with Lori in a Video Conferencing learning environment should this become available in the future!" - S Cummings, M Taylor, K McIntyre, Teachers, Sundre Learning Centre, Sundre, AB
  • Alberta Safe Riders a 5/5! "The program was very informative, easy to understand and made the students aware of the dangers without being scary. Good for our younger audience. The instructor was/is an operator of the machines which made the material more real. Lori had a connection to the students right from the start. The visual display, hands on activities and interaction with the students was excellent. She is the best presenter I’ve seen.  Looking forward to the program returning in the future. Repetition is the trick." -A. Ungurian and M. Gerber, Teachers, Teepee Creek School, Sexsmith, AB
  • "Hello Lori, Thank-you so much for sending the photos. By all accounts the presentation was thought to be EXCELLENT!!!! Thank-you so much for including our school as a stop for your program. We really enjoyed everything about it." Thanks! -L. Bahrynowski, AISI Lead Teacher, Wildwood School