Administrative Procedure 260 – Appendix A

Risk Classification


  • Aerial gymnastics (excluding cheerleading)
  • Aerial parks
  • American gladiator style events
  • Amusement Parks (mobile/temporary)
  • Automobiles – racing, drag racing, motor cross (motorized or BMX bicycle), motorcycling, snowmobile, rallies, off road all-terrain vehicles
  • Aviation –air travel other than by commercial airline, helicopter, hot air balloon rides (tethered & untethered), skydiving, parasailing, ultra light plane flight
  • Axe Throwing
  • Boxing, kickboxing, or any martial arts with full contact blows or kicks
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing in moving water greater than grade 1 rapids
  • Chuck wagon races
  • Demolition derbies (vehicles)
  • Demolition of derelict buildings & equip.
  • Dunk Tanks
  • Extreme Sports (recreational activities perceived as involving a high degree of risk. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear)
  • Go-karting
  • Hang Gliding
  • High platform diving (jumping or diving off high platforms)
  • Hiking in hazardous areas (such as West Coast Trail)
  • Horse jumping
  • Hot air balloon rider (tethered and untethered)
  • Ice climbing
  • Inflatable activities (including bouncy castles, sumo suits, and hamster balls)
  • Luge & Skeleton above the tourist start at Canada Olympic Park
  • Mechanical bulls or simulated mechanical rodeo events
  • Moto-cross (motorized or BMX Bicycle)
  • Mountain biking (see cycling under high risk)
  • Mountain Climbing (but not including hiking in the mountains) – ice climbing, deep caving, repelling, rock climbing
  • Ninja Warrior Activities
  • Orbing/Zorbing (human hamster ball)
  • Paintball, laser tag, or / war games
  • Parkour
  • Performances involving/including open flames
  • Personal Watercraft (“Seadoos”), Watercraft racing
  • Pyrotechnics/fireworks (no participation by students, viewing only)
  • Rifle ranges or other activities involving guns
  • Rock climbing (wall climbing is permitted)
  • Rocketry (except for bottle rocketry which is a restricted activity)
  • Rodeo event participation
  • Ski jumping
  • Slip and slide devices
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling in open water
  • Tobogganing, tubing (except Vista Ridge Tube Park, see High Risk), crazy carpet, bobsledding, and sledding on slope of greater than 5 meters height or an incline of greater than 35 degrees
  • Trampolines
  • Ultralight plane flight
  • Water skiing
  • Whitewater rafting / kayaking, and canoeing exceeding class 2
  • Winter biathlon with live ammunition
  • Zip lining

High Risk Programs
Activities that create a high potential for injury. They require a great deal of thought and planning prior to implementation. Qualified and/or certified instructors must be present at all times. Classes are to be cancelled if the regular instructor is unable to attend. All rules and regulations must be reviewed with students on an ongoing basis. Strict behavior guidelines and discipline actions must be maintained. Approved safety equipment appropriate to the activity must be used at all times. Signed parental consent forms must be on file before students can participate.

  • Activities in wilderness or remote locations including hiking, biking, or camping trips outside Alberta and overnight backcountry trips within Alberta
  • Amusement Parks/Rides (permanent fixtures, including only the following: Heritage Park, curriculum based physics field trips to West Edmonton Mall or Calaway Park & Disneyland and Disney World)
  • Archery (indoor (in school) or as taught in an Archery Facility, under supervision)
  • Astrojump
  • Axe training (Outdoor Education Training)
  • Bamfield Marine Station
  • Bottle Rocketry
  • Broomball
  • Canoeing in moving water of class 2 or less (must have sufficient open water lifeguards)
  • Cheerleading (aerobatic)
  • Cycling (physical education guidelines, paved roads and trails, hills less than 4% grade)
  • Diving (indoor with certified instructors and lifeguards)
  • Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and snowboarding (not self evaluated must be trained by ski hill)
  • Fencing
  • Firearms courses (no live ammunition)
  • Gymnastics
  • Hay ride / Sleigh rides (with special consideration)
  • Hiking in hazardous areas, such as W. Coast Trail (with special consideration)
  • Horseback riding (vetted and accredited facility - example trail riding)
  • Hockey (on ice)
  • Hunter training
  • Ice Fishing (test holes for ice thickness prior to students arriving)
  • Ice Skating (due diligence)
  • Kayaking (no rapids)
  • Lacrosse (field, box)
  • Martial arts – karate, judo, kung fu, tae kwon do (training only, no free sparing no contact involved/no weapons)
  • Mountain biking (back country on established trails or non-wilderness, unless in controlled facility)
  • Still open water canoeing (must have sufficient open water lifeguards)
  • Orienteering
  • Ringette (on ice)
  • Roller blading / inline skating
  • Rope courses – high / low
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving (in swimming pool, minimum standards)
  • Self Defense (no weapons)
  • Skateboarding – skateboard parks
  • Sports field programs – baseball (hardball/softball), Broom Ball, European handball, football, field hockey
  • Stuntnastics
  • Swimming in pool with lifeguard present, follow physical education guidelines)
  • Swimming (in hotel with direct supervision by staff)
  • Swimming (synchronized) in pool with lifeguard present, certified coaches and follow physical education guidelines)
  • Tobogganing, tubing, crazy carpet, and sledding on slope of less than 5 meters height or an incline of less than 35 degrees (subject to special consideration in controlled facility)
  • Track and Field -in field events (only events: discus, javelin, shot put, pole vault, high jump)
  • Vista Ridge Tube Park (licensed operation with ski patrol)
  • Wall climbing (in licensed facilities)
  • Water polo
  • Water slides / water parks (in vetted facility)
  • Weightlifting
  • Winter and summer campouts
  • Wrestling

Moderate / Low Risk Programs
Activities with a limited potential for serious injury. Instruction by qualified instructors, adequate supervision, the use of protective and safety equipment such as helmets, life jackets, etc., and a careful review of the rules and safety guidelines will help to ensure a safe environment.

  • Court sports
  • Cross country skiing (excluding back country)
  • Curling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Gymnasium programs
  • Hiking on maintained Trails
  • Low risk physical injury activities
  • Sports field programs soccer (Safety guidelines for physical activity in Alberta Schools)


September 21, 2016


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Section 1, 11, 31, 33, 52, 53, 196, 197, 222 Education Act

Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12

Safety Guidelines for Physical Activity in Alberta Schools

Safety Guidelines for Secondary Inter-School Athletics in Alberta

School Physical Activity Health and Education Resource for Safety (SPHEReS)

Urban School Insurance Consortium (USIC)

Cross Reference:

AP 260 Field Trips and Excursions