CAP’s 2020 PROGRAMME     January to December 2020   Edition One

Activities shown in BLUE are our fun Flatwater activities (sometimes with Weirs and / or faster water)

Activities shown in RED are our challenging Whitewater activities

Activities shown in PINK are our fun Social activities, off the water ! 

NEW …  Trips that are either new to CAP or are NEW to most of our current members …. ENJOY! (DATES OF POOL SESSIONS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE)


Join us in this CAP’s 17th Year and enjoy the varied programme of activities we have lined up for you!

The frequency between trips is a bit variable this year to fit in with the availability of our trip Leaders! but hopefully you’ll agree that we’re once again offering a varied and action packed programme of events.

This is Edition number one but may be subject to some amendments as we progress through the year ! Some trips maybe subject to minimum or maximum numbers or need a certain level of ability to participate.

*** The Chelmer & Mole are very water dependent, if levels not right we’ll probably switch to the Medway  

There will also be a programme of Social events added to the programme in due course.

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Sun 12 - River Wey … Byfleet to Shepperton, with lunch stop opposite Brooklands aircraft Museum, eat your lunch overlooking Concorde, some moving water fun to start the year. BOOK HERE


Weekend Fri 31 Jan – Mon 03 February. Just announced ! CAP’s Intermediate Whitewater Weekend. Probably in Wales. If enough people are up for this then we’ll run two days (Sat & Sun) of Intermediate paddling Grade 3 – 4 and then on the Monday a smaller group hitting more advanced Grade 4 + 



Sat 8 -  CAP’s afternoon private hire of The Nene Whitewater Course  No 1  Take your first steps onto moving water on this ever so friendly man made. Whitewater Course near Northampton. Two hours to play, enjoy and improve your skills! Good preparation prior to our Beginner’s trip to Dartmoor in Mid March


MARCH 2020

Sun 1st - The Chelmer .***.  Essex’s navigation, should be a timid Canal but roars like a TigerFive Weirs to shoot and play on, the nearest Essex gets to Whitewater. Very water dependent, GREAT FUN, needs a decent amount of rain in week prior !


Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March - CAP’s Dartmoor “Introduction to Whitewater Weekend. Join us as we invade Dartmoor, a chance for competent flat-water paddlers to move onto low grade Whitewater   (maybe the Lower Dart) or for our more experienced paddlers to take on something a little more challenging, such as The Teign and Dart Loop. A mix of our own & professional Leaders. 


Sat 21 - NEW  Hurley Paddlefest … A classic FREESTYLE for us SpectatorsJoin us as we watch some of the best playboaters in the UK strutting their Freestyle stuff on those legendry waves at Hurley Weir. Loops, blunts, cartwheels etc, lets watch the fun during the afternoon then early evening slope off to a local Inn for a warming and sociable meal and drinks.


Sun 29 NEW The River Mole *** …  A lovely moving water scenic paddle, from Brockham to Leatherhead paddling over the big weir & all around the foot of Boxhill. Water dependent !


APRIL 2020

Wed 15 CAP’s AGM, Video and social evening ..    Please do join us ! Always a fun evening, some videos of CAP paddling, highlights and low lows 😊 all fun ! A short AGM and election of new officials, hot food, drinks and a great social evening. Old Walcountians Rugby Club, Bar opens 7.30pm, Evening commences 8.00pm


Sun 26 NEW Burpham to Newark.  A one way paddle, with the flowing current all the way, a Weir (maybe two)  to play on and maybe shoot, ride the current as it meanders around the island then following the faster flowing River through Old Woking, past the Norman Church and out into the remote wilds of the surrey countryside. A beautiful trip! 


MAY 2020

Sun 17 CAP Invade Lee Valley ….  London’s Olympic Whitewater Course. Join us for some Whitewater Fun on the challenging Legacy Course. If your Legacy accessed then make your booking and paddle away. If you’re NOT yet legacy accessed we could arrange some Coaching and an assessment ?


Fri 29 May – Sun 31 May .. Summer Whitewater weekend no 1.  Whitewater Paddling, but not as you know it. This is summer paddling, hopefully warmer Weather and waters in lovely North Wales, on and around The River Dee & maybe the Tryweryn (Not for Whitewater Novices). .

JUNE 2020

Sun 07 NEW   “Cap’s waterborne Fun day” at the beautiful Bewl Water” Subject to confirmation !In the morning a “Try A boat Session” hosted by Kent Canoes.  Our buddies at Kent Canoes will bring along a shed load of different boats for you to play around in on the Water, try them all out, have lots of fun ! In the afternoon join us on Bewl Water’s Giant waterborne Bouncy Castle assault courseClamber up the wobbly castles, slide or jump down, wobble across the plank, when will you fall in ? 😊 Absolutely great fun, a bigger taller more challenging Course than most, Designed for Adults to get wet and have fun, in the beautiful setting that is Bewl Water !


Sun 28 River Thames, Sonning to Wargrave. A beautiful part of Berkshire, the majestic River Thames, and the smaller more intimate St Patrick’s Stream and River Loddon, finishing off paddling the tranquil Hennerton backwater! One of the nicest summer sunshine outings ! 

JULY 2020

Sun 12 The Basingstoke Canal . from Winchfield Hurst in Hampshire to Odiham Castle. A really tranquil, easy, scenic paddle through lovely tree covered countryside. The last mile or so the water is almost translucent as you glide over the water lilies. Finaly we wander around the remains of the historic Odiham Castle prior to moving on to a lovely local Inn, where we can enjoy post trip drinks, in the Sun, beside the Lake

Sat 25 July  – Sun 26 Jul NEW  CAP’s weekend retreat to the beautiful March Wood in Kent. This is the lovely wooded site that Ian manages, acres of trees and copses and it’s own lake. on Saturday a paddle of The Kent Stour then back to the woods for an evening of chilling, Drinks and a BBQ, overnight camping then Sunday’s for chilling and maybe fun on the Lake. 


Fri 31 July – Sun 02 Aug .. Summer Whitewater Weekend no 2. More Summer Whitewater paddling in North Wales, maybe the River Dee, maybe the Tryweryn but with the sun hopefully shining. (Not for Whitewater Novices).

Sun 16 The River Thames, Abbey River and Chertsey Weir. An initial paddle along the majestic Thames then head down the narrower twisting Jungle like water, that is the Abbey River. Watch out for hippos and crocodiles as we bash our way thru this foliage covered Jungle backwater. After about two hours, we’ll pop out above Chertsey Weir where those that dare can spend some time looping & blunting on the Weir’s pour-over, whilst others look on!

Fri 28 Aug – Mon 31 Aug .. Summer Whitewater Weekend no 3. Even more Summer Whitewater paddling in North Wales, twinkling flowing Rivers in this Sunny Welsh haven !  Heaven ! (Not for Whitewater Novices). Three of these Summer Whitewater weekends this year, added due to the popularity of last years “Whitewater in the Sunshine”


Sun 13 The River Loddon …  A fun and sometimes challenging paddle thru the undergrowth, Shoot the water flume, weave along the twisty river and then pass by lots of riverside Millionaire’s houses, en route from Winnersh to Wargrave, in sunny Berkshire.



Sat 03 . CAP’s afternoon private hire of The Nene Whitewater Course, no 2 . Take your first steps onto moving water on this ever so friendly man made Whitewater Course near Northampton. Two hours to play, enjoy and improve your skills! Good preparation prior to our Beginner’s trip to The Brecon Beacon’s in late October!


Fri 23 – Mon 26 … CAP’s Introduction to Whitewater Weekend to the Beautiful Brecon Beacon’s. We’ll probably drive down Friday and then enjoy 2 – 3 days of Whitewater paddling on Brecon’s classic rivers. Saturday and Sunday on a couple of great intro Whitewater Rivers, such as the Ogmore and the Tywi. On Monday we hike up the action with a trip for Intermediate paddlers only but others welcome to stay on and just explore the majestic Brecon Beacons. The CAP family all hitting the Whitewater together !  


Sun 15 The River Wandle ..  Explore this favourite River, flowing through urban Merton. Rocks, Shopping trolleys, bicycles, limbo pipe, play-waves, a unique River to enjoy ! Some faster moving water, a few obstacles to avoid and maybe portage around. Finish off paddling under a complete shopping centre, thru a 700 m long pitch black tunnel.



Sat 12 CAP’s Xmas Dinner … Join us for an evening of eating , drinking and CAP Merriment!


TBA A Day trip in December will probably be added in due course.

NEW    CAP’s  Pool Sessions are moving to SOUTH NORWOOD LEISURE CENTRE in 2020 ….

164 Portland Road, South Norwood SE25 4PT   (The Pool’s FREE Car Park is at rear of Pool in Denmark Road)

Similar in size to New Addington Pool but a much cleaner, nicer, warmer setting, heated changing rooms,  and with our dedicated Kayak fleet stored Pool-side, ready for you to lift your boat from the rack and start paddling. Selected Friday evenings, NEW longer 75 minute sessions running from 8.30pm till 9.45pm.


2020   Friday evenings  8.30pm till 9.45pm

January                 17           24   (Two successive weeks)

February               07           21

March                   06           20

April                      03           24   (A longer Gap due Easter)

May                      01            15


NO Pool sessions between mid May and early September, but let’s get out on the Rivers !

September         04           18

October              02           16           30

November          13            27

December           11           --

The longer Pool sessions will cost us more money but initially we will maintain the current costings and see how things go, what support we get before reviewing costings.

Let’s make this 17th Year of our lovely happy CAP family one that we will remember for years to come !


Please do support the programme, a lot of effort is put into making this work, so please do join us!

Events are subject to change and as always water levels will often dictate which Rivers can be paddled!

Generally trips will only run if there is sufficient support from club members!


On some trips we will need to set minimum criteria for paddler’s abilities and numbers may need to be limited!


Some of the flat water trips may not have a qualified coach in attendance and on others the Leaders may be

acting above their official coaching remit. Safety will however always remain our number one priority but followed by motivation, encouragement, progression and generally having fun!


I look forward to meeting up with you all on during our 2020 CAP Year of activity!        Mike                                                                     

Newcomers are very welcome to join us for up to three trips as a non-member. We hope that by then you will have caught the kayaking bug (not literally!) and be ready to join up and paddle as many rivers as you can. But that’s also when our insurance requires you to be a member to stay covered.

Our membership fee is £40 per year for an adult, £80 per year for a couple and £80 per year for a family of up to two adults and two children under 16. This (and the trip fees) helps us store, fix or replace our boats, paddles, spray decks, buoyancy aids and cags, so that we can keep everyone comfortable on the water. It also covers our insurance and affiliation to British Canoeing (our governing body). Members pay lower rates for pool sessions and day trips.

We invite newcomers to try out their first pool session for £5, to see if they like it. After that, they’re £7 for members, £10 for non-members and £5 for children. This goes towards paying for the hire of the pool and the lifeguards who, along with our coaches, help to keep everyone safe and having fun.

Normally our day river trips are £5 for members, £10 for non-members and it’s an extra £5 if you’re hiring a club boat and kit. Occasionally we hire a man-made whitewater course, so people can practice their moves, or there’s an extra licence fee to use a particular river, but we let everyone know these things in advance, so they can choose whether to come along.

Our weekends away generally cost £50-£60 per person plus a share of the petrol costs. We try to fit everyone into as few cars as we can. Not only is it green, but it keeps the costs down. The weekend costs cover our stay in a bunkhouse, breakfasts and normally one evening meal. We usually try out a local pub for the other night.


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.

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..