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Arriving late at Chez Ransom found the dynamic duo more commonly known as the Dangerous Brothers not only up but packed and supping tea on the pavement. Quicker than Clark Kent in a phone booth, kit was transferred and we were off to battle crime or the rivers of Dartmoor (in no particular order).

The other factions of CAPed Crusaders were soon located and we made a B line to the put in of the Upper Dart. Donned in our bested crime fighting attire we took to the river to show it who was boss. “WHAM” we exclaimed as we checked out the colour scheme on the Dark Destroyer’s (Chas) new boat.



Rapids were slain as we moved down the river with the CAPed Crusaders working well as a team. Euthanasia was reached and we all took it in turn to slay the nemesis while also getting some photos and film for prosperity and the Daily Planet.


Like a video game, the bosses kept coming and next up was the legendary Pandora’s rapid. A little shallow, some of us took the easier options of paddling round the main slot. Zulu Dave (real name as we are yet to come up with a moniker) was not to be out done though.



!!!POW!!! and he fired up the crux move and showed Pandora’s what for. Please note this photo below as it would be the last time that the item on Darren’s spraydeck would be seen for quite a while.



The rest of river was descended without mishap and we arrived at the takeout.” Right then” said Captain Splatman (Ivan), “Lets get this shuttle run and get back to HQ for beers”.

“Not so quick, has anyone seen my Peli case and the car key inside” replied Dangerous Daz.



Thus the CAPed Crusaders set about solving The Case Of The Missing Case. Shuttles were run to get everyone back to The River Dart Country Park. Darren, now back in civilian clothing (to protect his Super Hero identity) phoned the RAC to come and help him gain access to the Ransomobile where a spare key was kept for such emergencies.

The RAC collect Darren and whisked him away to open the car. They tried the locks but to no avail then Mr RAC thought he might be able to pop out one of the side windows with an air pump he kept on his utility belt.



CRASH as the window shattered into a million tiny shards of glittering crystal. Luckily, the spare key was in its concealed location and the Ransomobile was soon being patched up against the elements before everyone set about welcoming the last member of the team with the arrival of Jayman fresh from his journey down from Sheffield.



The next day saw a split in the camp with the majority of the CAPed Crusaders heading back to take on the might of the Upper Dart at more challenging levels while the Dangerous Brothers headed off to take on the notorious Car Breakers of Plymouth. Not even the Chief Breaker collapsing from a heart attack could deter the Dangerous Brothers from locating a replacement piece of glass.



Back on the river with the other guys and things weren’t going so well.

KERSPLAT as Splatman was set upon by a fairly innocuous minion as he pinned on a boulder. Bobbing (Stuart) attempted to rescue the Captain which resulted in Splatman and Bobbing getting dragged backwards through a tree which resulted in two swims. Kit was recovered but Bobbing had found out that his crime fighting clobber was not as impervious as he had previously thought as both legs of his drysuit were now full of water up to the knees. “Holey Drysuits Splatman”



The coldness had also got to Captain Splatman as he fell foul of another rapid as we descended into the Mad Mile. His boat end up being pinned twice before it was finally rescued above Euthanasia.

Pandora’s was portaged by all except Zulu Dave who lined her up with another of his powerful left hooks. BOOF as he landed in the pool below.



Taking out at RDCP, we setting about thawing out before seeking sustenance prior to the Gene 17 party in the evening. The party was it normal crowded affair so we mainly stayed outside where we met up with Old CAPtonian, Pete Organ, and one of Darren’s old college friends who regaled us with his sailing exploits. Gruesome Gaz then gave us a masterclass in how to spread bet on a raffle.



Sunday found the CAPed Crusaders debating what to do. The rivers were a lot lower and unfortunately there weren’t many options available. Discussions were had and the general consensus ended up being let’s go home. So the CAPed Crusaders headed off, walking away from The Case Of The Missing Case.



Two weeks later and some other paddling super heroes posted on the UK Rivers Guidebook forum to say that they had found some cigarettes, an I phone and car keys all safe and sound in a Peli case. The river taketh and the river giveth, you just have to go with the flow.

Thank you for visiting Croydon Active Paddlers Canoe Club's website.

We are an established club based in and around Croydon in South London. We are currently a small friendly bunch of paddlers who organise regular kayaking trips all over the country and to local rivers, on a year round basis.

Beginners

We welcome beginners and our qualified coaches can help you with your first steps onto the water. Once you've got the hang of the basics we will welcome you on suitable day trips to build up your skills and confidence on different types of water.Check out the events page for details of our upcoming flatwater trips.

We also organize training and assessment sessions towards the various BCU awards.

White Water Paddlers

Despite the effects of Global Warning, with less and less rain each year, we still manage to organise a number of weekends away each Winter, paddling challenging Whitewater Rivers in the likes of Devon, North and South Wales. Some of our members manage to travel further afield in their hunt for big volume rivers including trips to France, Italy, Norway and Scotland.

We have members that are happy paddling up to Grade 5 and also enjoy the delights of Weir Bashing at the likes of Hurley and Chertsey Weirs. If you're an experienced paddler looking for some buddies to paddle with, we could be just the people!

Other Activities

Over the years we've organised a number of weekends and days Kayak surfing, climbing, gorge walking, go karting, banger racing, coasteering and caving. Most of these take place over the summer months so check out the events page.

Most of activities end up with a sociable pint at a local Inn. We are friendly crowd and welcome, couples, singles and families, please do come along and get involved.

I hope to see you soon

Best wishes

Mike Ransom

Chairman to Croydon Active Paddlers

This year we’ve really made an effort to include a number of “Summertime” Whitewater events. This was the latest in a string of such outings but was to be a mix of Whitewater on the Saturday and Kayak surfing on the Sunday.

On Friday night the first contingent set off en route to Bristol,
where the journey was to broken up by an overnight stay. The plan was to get down in time for “A Cap invasion of the Bristol pub scene” but in the event we settled for a sociable en route drink in a Cotswold Pub, followed by more beers in our cosy Travelodge rooms.

Chris was acting as trip organizer and Mum for the weekend and had bought along a selection of flavoursome cheeses and crackers for us to nibble throughout the journey. Full marks for the very spicy Salami cheese, wow, did that have a kick to it. These were then washed down by copious cans of Stella.

U
p bright and early on Saturday and off for the one hour drive to Cardiff’s relatively new International Whitewater Course. We stopped for the compulsory BIG BREAKFAST at the local Morrison’s and then on to meet the others.

Ivan and Mel had stopped overnight near to the course in real Welsh Wales and Rob Gilroy, Remi, Ben and Mark were driving down on the Saturday morning. Sadly, disaster hit Rob’s recently acquired Gilroymobile. Refueling close to Heathrow the gleaming new People mover was inadvertently fed Petrol rather than it’s preferred tipple of Diesel, thus ending that car load’s Kayaking ambitions and they limped back home some eight hours after setting off, a real shame and sympathies to all ! (Maybe you should have tried Stella instead ?).

 

 

 

 

The Cardiff course has been substantially improved since Rob and Mark's first visit a year ago.

 

When both of them had tried to head butt the underwater obstacles and enjoyed a resultant visit to meet the lovely Nurses of Cardiff General and be rewarded with a brace of stitches each. What met them this time was a challenging, relatively shallow but fast flowing course.

Over the day the level of flow was changed at roughly hourly intervals, ranging from 4 cumecs up to 10 cumecs. It was amazing to see how quickly they could drain the course, move the obstacles around, and within ten minutes or so re-open with completely changed features.

 

 

 

 

Our brave Whitewater paddlers were Ivan, Gary, Chris, Ed, Keith and Tom.

 

Chris gave it her best shot and did a good first run, but after swimming on her second descent decided to chill and watch the others.

Ivan spent most of the day on the course with a very determined and serious looking face
captured by Mel’s ever handy camera. He was dogged by a rather lengthy Jackson Duo which seemed to enjoy completely blocking the complete width of the River whilst playing in the stopper. On the first encounter Ivan just managed to sneak past one end but on the next encounter that clearly wasn’t an option, quick decision, collide with it, crash over the top or go underneath.

Ivan took the underwater approach, he capsized, went over the drop and then under the Duo,
rolling up on the other side and avoiding their thrashing paddles. Very impressive Ivan, particularly as that stopper was so very shallow.

Keith and Tom were excellent, putting in some really good paddling in a range of different boats, both showing just how much their whitewater paddling has improved, thanks to the encouragement given to them by CAP.

 

 

 

It was good to see Gary in action, really enjoying himself for his own benefit as opposed to looking after others. He’d borrowed Darren’s minute little playboat and repeatedly demonstrated just how precise and technical his Kayaking ability is.

He seemed to enjoy pulling endless cartwheels and blunts etc in the various vicious stoppers that most others just seemed happy to be able to shoot through.

The FEST was due to continue on till 10pm, with four Bands playing and novelty races, but we all decided that following a quick look around the various trade stalls, and collecting lots of helmet stickers that we’d hit the road at about 4.30pm heading for the fabulous Gower Peninsula.

The sun had shone on and off all day but as we headed West along the M4 so the heavens absolutely opened. Torrential rain and very poor visibility did not bode well for our overnight camping plans.

Chris was in poor humour, as driving Mike’s passion wagon for the first time, she was not amused to find that the automatic car did not actually posses a gearstick, but her mood was no where near as foul as that of the weather.

 

 

Lo and behold, as we pulled into the Bank Farm campsite at Port Enyion, the rains stopped and the cloud lifted, enabling us to remain dry whilst pitching all our tents.

That evening we paid a repeat visit to The Smugglers Haunt, a lovely bistro-pub type restaurant serving tasty high quality food and copious amounts of alcohol. A really merry evening was had by all, following which we staggered the two miles back to the campsite, getting somewhat rained upon in the process.

All then crammed into Tom’s tent, for a final late night chat and nightcap, whilst Mike snored away in his sleeping bag.

 

 

Sunday morning and a leisurely start. Really nice as we sat there in our cliff top campsite overlooking the whole of the beautiful bay below. Chris woke us with mugs of steaming hot tea and then cooked us a tasty hot breakfast, superb.

On then to one of the best surfing beaches on the peninsula, Llangennith, much favoured by the surfing fraternity.

Ivan, Chris, Keith and Tom went out and had a good time on the endless rolling surf waves, performing some brilliant surfing maneuvers in the process. Gary once again enjoyed himself flying Chris’ kite, showing just how it should be done.

Eventually the long drive home and an early crash into bed for all, exhausted but exhilarated. A BIG thank you to Chris for agreeing to co-ordinate this weekend, a superb trip very well organized indeed.

Finally, this was probably Tom’s last paddling trip with us, for a while, prior to moving up to Loughborough University to study Mechanical Engineering. We wish you well Tom, work hard and play even harder, as CAP have trained you !! Looking forward to seeing you out on some raging waters with us sometime during the Winter.

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White water weekend

Thank you for organising a great weekend! 

The coaches were so relaxed yet very professional, focused and competent. 

We felt very well looked after both on and off the water.

Stuart and Reiko

Safety and Rescue skills

Thank you for a most enjoyable "Safety and Rescue Skills" training session. One of the best pool sessions we've been to, the coaches were excellent, a very useful and fun evening.

Tim and family

Another brilliant trip

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Mike for organising another brilliant trip.

DEE

A big Thank you

Firstly we would like to say a big thank you for making our day on Monday such an enjoyable one. We all had such a good time. As being complete novices we found everyone so friendly and helpful.

Elaine and family 

brilliant first weekend with CAP

Just to say a very big thank you to all of you for making me so welcome and for a brilliant first weekend with CAP. Hopefully the first of many :-)!

Enjoy your rest time and I hope you have slightly less ridiculous tan lines than I seem to have!

See you soon

Anna x