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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 club and a kayaking club, and we have quite a fleet of boats 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.

If CAP could be the canoe club or kayak club for you, check out the events page for details of upcoming trips and get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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 paddle on the Medway, with some slightly challenging canoe shoots, and a pleasant drink on Tea Pot Island afterwards - thanks for organising this


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