About Green Tongue

Sharing the love.

life on the river is a passion. only through passion can we begin to understand a subject in its depth and find a true love in sharing it. Tapping into my passion and experience teaching I strive to help every student gain a solid foundation to build their skills on the water.


river training and certification


Lessons Provided

Expand Your Skills

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One-on-One Instruction

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Exceptional Progress!

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

Group Lessons

Customized for your Team

I specialize in a variety of lesson plans, and know how to reach my students with the right balance of personalized attention, patience, practical training, and positive encouragement. I make learning fun through a variety of engaging and outside-the-box activities. Get in touch today to book this service.

Couples/Family Instruction

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Ensuring good dynamics.

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

Filling the tool box through practical experience.

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.


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

Kootenai River British Columbia

who is Green tongue

My Story

As a lifelong learner, I 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. I have extensive experience working with all types of clients in helping them reach their highest potential.

I use the best local guides and instructors. When things are too big I hire the people I trust 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.

Advanced Care Paramedic

WMS Diploma in Mountain Medicine 

Wilderness Advanced Life support.  

Swift water/Ice Rescue Instructor 

Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer

River and Ice Safety

Guide training.



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. 

Special Adventure Services


Get in Touch

Canmore, AB, Canada

403 679 1011


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