Do you like being out in the fresh air? Fancy messing about on some rivers? Croydon Active Paddlers could be the club for you!
We're a friendly group who go canoe and kayak paddling in and around our beautiful capital city and further afield. We are both a canoeing and a kayaking club, and we have quite a fleet of kayaks available for members to try.
For those who're new to the sport and want a gentle introduction, we hold approximately 20 pool sessions each year at the indoor New Addington Leisure Centre pool in Croydon. You can try paddling in a warm swimming pool, with qualified lifeguards and coaches providing safety and help. The pool sessions are also a really good way for those wanting to practice more advanced skills and we often stop for a meal and a chat afterwards in a local pub.
Once beginners have the hang of basic paddling skills we encourage everyone to join us on suitable day trips to build up skills and confidence on different types of water, as well as getting out to enjoy the scenery. We typically venture out onto local rivers once or twice a month to paddle mainly flatwater rivers like the river Wey, Medway, Loddon, Mole which are all around an hours’ drive from Croydon, and we spend 3-5 hours paddling before driving home.
If you're up for something a little more challenging, we also host white water trips for beginner, intermediate, and experienced paddlers, led by our coaching team. Wales and Dartmoor are typically the venues for this, and we organize accommodation which is generally a rural ‘bunkhouse’ with some meals catered for, and some taken in local hostelries.
We welcome couples, singles and families to come along and have some fun, and we can also support your training towards the various BCU awards.