Our Services

Expand Your Skills

One-on-One Instruction

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Personalized means one on one and attention. You can expect a dynamic approach with specific feedback, guide to discovery and focused support. Kayak, canoeing or rowing.

Youth Camps

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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.

Couples/Family Instruction

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For the family: The best way to get into remote settings with the family is on the water. I can help build confidence, give 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. 

Swift Water Rescue and Safety


Learning technical skills can be overwhelming for students. Success comes from building solid foundations though easy to grasp key concepts and reinforcing them in proven progression. Gain new skills by leaving dogma behind with safety minded simple solutions.

Wilderness First Aid

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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.

Canoe Rental and outfitting


We have a small fleet of new and fully outfitted boats available for rent. We can supply you with everything you need to get out on the water please visit our bookings page by clicking on the picture to access our menu of rental equipment


Green Tongues response to COVID-19

As restrictions are lifted and the transition to practical training increase the following guidelines will be implemented. 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Local instructors will be used for courses when able to minimize any travel and potential cross community contamination and transmission.

  4. Courses will follow Provincial Health Regulations when possible based on risk and environment.

  5. Classroom facilitation can take place if required and physical distancing can be accommodated.

  6. Students and instructors will use hand sanitizer or wash hand frequently.

  7. Physical Distancing will be maintained as much as possible during skills.

  8. Student are required to complete the COVID-19 Release from prior to attending training.

  9. Class sizes will be a maximum of 16 students.

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About Green Tongue

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In river terms, the GREEN TONGUE indicates the safe route of travel. The water is deep and the current is most consistent. It can often be found between two obstacles or challenging water. Although it isn't what we look for when we want to experience the thrill of river running, it is the foundation our life on the water. 

Green Tongue Adventures is proud to offer the following products to the Bow Valley.

  • Paddle Canada Skills and Instructor courses

  • Rescue Canada Swift Water and Ice Rescue certification

  • WMA Wilderness First Aid certification

  • Canmore Canoe Rental

Although a new venture we have an established clientele and reputation. Originally operating as guide training service as Canpaddle offering Paddle Canada instructor courses and the odd skills course. Our passion lies not only in the river but in sharing our skills and knowledge. Helping our patrons safely and expertly lead their clients down the river or enjoy extra comfort for themselves and their friends and family.


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. 


training sites

Kootenai River

Red Deer

Kananaskis River


who is Green tongue

Our Story

As lifelong learners, we understand that adopting a new skill can be both exciting and challenging. That’s why I’m committed to supporting you every step of the way. We have extensive experience working with all types of clients in helping them reach their highest potential.

We use the best local guides and instructors. We will provide a comprehensive experience and a safe place to push the boundaries for each group and individual.  

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.

Crisis Managment

WMS Diploma in Mountain Medicine 

Wilderness Advanced Life support.  

Swift water/Ice Rescue Instructor 

Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer

River and Ice Safety.


Client Testimonials

"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"

Sarah Harvie

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.

Dereck Holmes. 

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Canmore, AB, Canada

403 679 1011


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