Paddle Canada Instructor courses
Paddle Canada is the national standard for instructors and guides! Our Instructor trainers have decades of experience. feel confident that not only will you be able to build on your skills but also get the tools to effectively lead, train and teach your clients to their own learning styles and skill levels.
From flat water to the river. Young paddlers will learn the skills to maneuver their own boats working with their partners. They will gain an understanding of how water and currents work. Build a safety skill set to be confident and make good decisions. Learn skills for self rescue and companion rescue. Ultimately bringing home the skills and knowledge to lead the family to the river.
For the family: The best way to get into remote settings with the family is on the water. We can help build confidence by giving you easy and practical skills, and help you build your tool box for planning a safe and fun trip.
For couples: Getting in a canoe with your bestie can be one of the best ways to escape together. But when the going gets tough understanding each others roles and having the ability to communicate well is essential. Team building at its best.
Wilderness First Aid
We have partnered with WMA to offer the full complement of Wilderness first aid levels. This includes occupational CPR and first aid courses. WMA directly works with and follows best practices and guide lines set out by the Wilderness Medical Society. WMA also only uses experienced professionals, doctors, nurses and paramedics to deliver their curriculum.
Green Tongues response to COVID-19
As restrictions are lifted and the transition to practical training increase the following guidelines will be implemented.
Instructors are responsible to ensure that they are symptom free for the past 14 days and able to provide instruction. If present with any symptoms they are to contact the Rescue Canada office, self-isolate and will be removed from any courses for a period of 14 days.
If during a course the instructors develops any symptoms of COVID 19 they are to contact the Rescue Canada office, self-isolate and contact Health Link at 8-1-1.
Local instructors will be used for courses when able to minimize any travel and potential cross community contamination and transmission.
Courses will follow Provincial Health Regulations when possible based on risk and environment.
Classroom facilitation can take place if required and physical distancing can be accommodated.
Students and instructors will use hand sanitizer or wash hand frequently.
Physical Distancing will be maintained as much as possible during skills.
Student are required to complete the COVID-19 Release from prior to attending training.
Class sizes will be a maximum of 16 students.
My husband and I recently completed Intro to Moving Water Canoe Skills with Clayton at Green Tongue Adventures. I would highly recommend this outfit to anyone at any level.
Clayton’s expertise, combined with his calm and patient personality, allowed our group to progress through the 3-day course with fun and excitement, all the while our skills steadily improved along the way. I highly admired his ability to assess our unique skill level, and the positive way he corrected and encouraged our technique, but then let us practise and learn on our own. He created an environment where I felt challenged to improve, all the while feeling confident in my safety.
I would also like to add that due to high spring flow rates and other factors, Clayton had to change river locations to meet the needs of our group. The communication was always clear and timely, and the choices made matched our skill level.
what to wear
If you are planning to register for a course here are some things you will need.
Dress for The Weather: there is always some dry-land theory. consider the need for sun protection.
Food and Water: Paddling is hard work stay hydrated and energized
A Boat: if you do not have your own properly outfitted vessel I can provide outfitted prospector canoes with an additional rental fee. Otherwise you can rent from the outdoor program center at the UofC.
PFD & Helmet: (bike or climbing helmet will work)
Closed Toed Shoes: river specific or old runners rentals available from Aquabaics and U of C
Cold water PPE: A dry suit is preferable for any course where multiple swims are expected. Wear treated wool, polypro and fleece underneath drysuit. Wet suits are good as well. A spray top and spray pants or board shorts will help keep the heat in.
Who is Green tongue
Green Tongue Adventures is owned and operated by myself, Clayton Williams. As a 20 year resident of Canmore and growing up in Calgary I have maintained a presence and a love for the local rivers and natural places southern Alberta has. I am a full time Advanced Care Paramedic here in Canmore, lucky father of two youngsters and an inspiring wife. I started working in aquatics and the outdoor leadership space since I was old enough to work. White water boating caught my imagination some time in highschool. Working different jobs, Lifeguarding, bike carrier, wildland firefighter etc. I decided to commit to a carreer in the outdoors after completing the M.A.S.T. program out of Fernie, my wife and I moved to Canmore so I could pursue training to be a climbing guide. That quickly dissipated as we had taken jobs Raft Guiding in the summer. I was Lucky enough to quickly work with the British Military in their Adventurous Training program here in the Bow Valley. This was such a great job! Putting so many students through a white water program over the course of ten summers, and some winters in Belize, developed my leadership skills in the white water setting to where I became comfortable enough to know what iI know. Over the last ten years I have been sharing with other white water professionals as an instructor trainer for Paddle Canada, Rescue Canada and now I am excited to add Wilderness First Aid to my endorsed expertise to share to other outdoor professionals.
As I have had the opportunity to train river professionals in the last ten years I have access to some of the the best local guides and instructors. Together we work to provide a comprehensive experience and a safe place to push the boundaries for each group and individual.
I bring over 20 years in river guiding and aquatics safety and rescue. Our team hold some of the most advanced skills and experience available
Advanced Care Paramedic
80hr wilderness first aid.
WMS Diploma in Mountain Medicine
Wilderness Advanced Life support.
Swift water/Ice Rescue Instructor
Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer
River and Ice Safety.
Bill Mason's Path of the paddle
Paddle your own canoe
British canoeing coaching
Paddling Adventures Radio
"Claytons depth in knowledge and life of experience has proven to be indispensable bringing us back to him season after season"
Nahanni Wild Canadian River Adventures
"I took a white water instructor canoeing course from Clayton. He is a thoughtful teacher, a strong coach and is able to capitalize capitalize on teachable moments in dynamic environments"
Clayton's instructional technique was thorough and very experiential - the majority of the learning took place while doing.We found him to be knowledgeable and provide very useful and timely feedback. His safety conscious approach was greatly appreciated. During the course, he was able to gage the skill levels of the participants and choose appropriate river features to challenge and push each individual. We will definitely continue to use him as an instructor.
Over the fifteen years Clayton has worked for and with me he has proven his quality and professionalism. Its always a pleasure having him here.