The Waterfront Program ultimately exists to support the mission of the H. E. Butt Foundation, which is:

To cultivate wholeness in people and institutions for the transformation of communities.

We hope to do this by supporting Canyon programs by providing a safe, memorable, and transformative experience.

Waterfront Activities

The Waterfront Program operates a variety of waterfronts and elements. Because of the diversity of the waterfronts and programs, protocol may differ slightly between sites. To read more about the staffing requirements for each site, download the full manual below.

Echo Valley
Pebble Beach (adjacent to Echo Valley)
Singing Hills
Singing Hills Shallow End (Below SH Dams)
Crazy Horse
Laity Lodge
Family Circle
Linnet's Wings
Blue Hole Preserve
Echo Valley Entrance
Singing Hills Lower Dam Overflow
Laity Lodge Dam Overflow

Safety Procedures

The safety procedures below should be followed in the operation of any Foundation waterfront during programming. For the full list, please download the manual below.

  • Every group must be under direct supervision of a responsible adult 18 years or older at all times.
  • The minimum number of certified staff, as specified in this manual, should be on duty to use a waterfront.
  • Any waterfront activity requires the supervision of at least two certified Lifeguards.
  • No diving is allowed at any waterfront.
  • Swim area and watercraft areas should be separated by ropes.
  • When on duty at the waterfront, all Lifeguards should have a hip pack on their person containing: pocket mask, disposable gloves, and goggles.Hip packs will be collected from, and returned to the backboard after each shift.

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Waterfront Staff

The Foundation Waterfront Program is run by a team of staff and contractors who work together to ensure that the participants have the highest quality experience. Below is a list of the different members of the Waterfront Program team. Download the manual for a complete list of roles and responsibilities.

Sr. Director of Outdoor School will oversee aspects of the Foundation Waterfront Program.
Waterfront Directors (Outdoor School Interns) will oversee and assist in the daily operation of the Waterfront Program.
Waterfront Lifeguard is a certified position responsible for the safe operation of any waterfront in the Canyon.
Waterfront Helpers are responsible for supervising participants who remain out of the water as well as supplemental equipment when in use (i.e., zip-lines, water toys, slides, or watercraft).

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Training & Certification

To ensure the highest level of risk management for our guests, all Waterfront staff must go through a rigorous training and evaluation process before they may participate as a staff member in a waterfront activity.

Read more about certification requirements in the full Waterfront manual we’ll use in training.

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Facilitator Guide

Waterfront Program staff are important not only for the success of the Waterfront Program, but for the safety of all Canyon guests. The waterfront experience hinges around staff who know what they’re doing and are trained for all waterfront activities.

Read more about procedures and guidelines in the full manual.

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Additional Information/ Appendices

Download the full Waterfront manual for more on the following:

Emergency Action Plan (EAP) — This flow chart guides staff through emergency procedures.
Definitions — This is a list of the terms used in this manual and the specific way that the terms are used.
Equipment Needed by Site — This is an inventory of what equipment is needed to operate each Waterfront element. The inventory list is sub-divided by where the equipment is stored.
Incident Report Form — This is a form to fill out after responding to an accident.

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