Alberta Snowmobile Association's Safe Rider Program

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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CLICK HERE if you would like a Safe Rider Team member to contact you

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CLICK HERE if you are ready to register ONLINE!

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CLICK HERE to download a 5 page Invitation Package including registration form.

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CLICK HERE for a Printable Registration Form that you can Fax/Email
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Another great season is underway with Zac’s Tracs and the Alberta Snowmobile Association!
CLICK HERE To view a calendar of the schools that we are scheduled to visit.

In the past five seasons the ASA Safe Rider Off-Highway Vehicle Safety program was presented by Lori Zacaruk and her team to over 45,000 school students. 437 presentations were made in 257 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.

Program Feedback:

Perfect 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.
Adam Argento (Outdoor Education Teacher, Oilfields High School, Black Diamond AB)

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The overall 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

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Overall presentation 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.
Andrea Ungurian and Margit Gerber Teachers, Teepee Creek School

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I was really happy with Lori’s Sledsmart 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
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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, Lisl Bahrynowski
Grade 4 5 6 Teacher – AISI Lead Teacher, Wildwood School

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SledSmart Testimonials

Recent comments received by Lori Zacaruk as a presenter for the Alberta Snowmobile Association’s SledSmart Snowmobile and ATV safety programs:

Greely Road School – two presentations in a gymnasium to 100 Physical Education students from Grades 6-8.

  • 80-90% of students had been on ATV’s
  • 80% on a snowmobile before
  • 30% of the students had been to the mountains on snowmobiles

_Teacher Comments: I like how the presentation involved the students throughout. The information provided applied to their lives so it made the presentation authentic.
Yes, I would like to see this program presented in future years at our school. I feel as though it is very important for students to be educated concerning safety when riding. I believe that presentations such as this are a great step toward prevention._
Ms. Randell, Oct 20/08

Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School – Four presentations in a gymnasium to 500 students from Grades 7-12.
_Teacher Comments: I felt the presentation was delivered in an interactive fashion that allowed students to feel in control of their learning.
I felt that the information was very beneficial and very relevant to our students. ATVing and snowmobiling are high risk activities for youth in our community.
The presenter did an excellent job of keeping the large group engaged._
E. Keegan, Oct 23/08

To learn more about the ASA SledSmart program please CLICK HERE.