Develop your lake and river skills, or go beyond with guiding, instructor, playboating or rescue skills.


Become a leader or create a leadership based course for your group.

Pursue your passion for nature, fishing, photography or birding with a flat or moving water guided trip.

FALL 2022 Canoeing and Leadership Courses

Courses are moving ahead for the fall of 2022. It has been a busy season! Covid is still affecting some trips but safety protocols are high and outdoor trips can be run with low risk.

This fall's canoeing programs start in late August with

  • "Teach the Columbia" for outdoor educators. See for details.

  • Followed by a Moving Water course on the St Mary/Kootenay R on Sept 10/11. See for more details.

  • Then either a Lakewater Instructor course or a Tripping course in Nelson/Castlegar (still working on that!). This will be held one of the last 2 weeks of September.

  • Late September things really get going with the Kimberley Selkirk High Outdoor Program 3 day Tripping course.

  • Lakewater Training for Mt Baker High Outdoor Program to prepare for a 3 day trip.

  • College of the Rockies ATBO Program, Day Guide certification in mid October (6 days).

  • And to finish off the year, the Mt Baker High 3 day tripping course on Columbia or Whiteswan Lk.

For those wanting to come on these trips to mentor as certified RCABC Leaders, Instructors and Instructor Trainers, please contact me and I'll try to make an opportunity available.

For those wanting to book some training, contact me to set up 2023 courses or guiding.

Greenwave recognizes and is grateful to live and paddle on the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa. September 30th is our National Day of Truth and Reconciliation to honour the intergenerational harm done through residential schools. Every Child Matters!

Update: CRFS 2022 was a great success!



The third annual Columbia River Field School, June 30-July 14, was an amazing success. The water was high so we got to explore the wetland marsh systems more. It was my pleasure to mentor Monica Nissen, Graeme Lee - Rowlands and Fliss Burgess as Lakewater Instructors and Canoe Tripping Instructors/Leaders. The students were excellent at teamwork and digging into their canoeing skills and camp duties. As well as...

  • exploring the natural ecosystem

  • studying the complex issues surrounding damming a river and displacing it's people and habitat

  • learning canoeing, camping and safety and risk management skills

  • learning the function of dams for water storage, flood control and electricity generation

  • understanding the impact on indigenous culture

  • exploring the Columbia River Treaty international agreement

  • meeting a wide variety of experts and guest speakers on everything from restoring salmon to the watershed to flood control in the United States to what it feels like to be flooded out of a home.

I feel very proud of what the students learned and accomplished and a huge shout out to Wildsight and all the others that contributed to creating an amazing program!!

Please spread the word about the Wildsight 2023 CRFS in August to help another 16 youth 15-18yrs experience this amazing opportunity. For more information use this link to the Wildsight CRFS Page.

Aq'am Youth Leadership mentors and participants at Revelstoke Lake, July 2019.

I was very honoured to receive this Sturgeon Nose Canoe from the Aq'am Band while doing some canoe training on Revelstoke Lake. It is one of the coolest gifts I've ever received, from a wonderful group of people. The canoe is made from White Pine bark, Bitter Cherry bark and Cedar root, by Wayne Louie of Yaqan Nukiy (Creston). Check out his website at for some great history, photos and videos.

Photo Highlights

Test of Loaded Canoe Stability

Oldman River, AB

Pedley Falls, Exp Guide Course

Kootenay River

Catamarans on a Windy Day

Aq'am Youth Governance, Kootenay River

Oldman R Exp. Guide Course

College of the Rockies MAST Program

Sturgeon Nose Canoe

Sinixt Canoe, White Bark Pine hull, on Arrow L.

Tripping with Aq'am Youth

Lower Kootenay River, Wardner

Seal Launches in Fernie

Elk River, College of the Rockies, MAST Program

This Happens Every Year!

Spring Snow in the Kootenays

Exp. Guide Course

Thompson River, near Ashcroft, BC

Great Food on the River

CoTR, Mountain Adventure Skills Training

Columbia Lake

Kimberley Independent School

Columbia River Wetlands

Wildsight Columbia River Field School

Endangered Western Painted Turtle

Campbell Myer Lake, near Fort Steele

Kootenay River

Near Canal Flats

A Windy Day on Columbia Lk.

Kimberley Independent School

Girl Guides Practice Rescues

Campbell Myer Lake, near Fort Steele

Exp Guide Course

Kamloops Lake & Thompson River, Savona

Elk River in April

A big snow year in Fernie!

Rocks on the Kootenay R.

Settler's Crossing to Horseshoe Rapids

Cliffs and Undercuts

Kootenay River

Geography Field Studies

Kimberley, Selkirk High School

Cliffs on the White

White River, Kootenays