If you’ve never been on the water in a dragon boat, you are in for a good time. To help you enjoy your experience, we recommend the following for your first practice.
What should I wear and bring to practice?
- Wear weather appropriate clothing and preferably clothing that can get wet, cotton is not recommended
- Wear shoes that will protect your toes and have good grip on slippery or wet surfaces
- Bring a bottle of water
- Bring a change of dry clothes and perhaps a towel
- Bring your sense of adventure!
What should I expect?
On land, you can expect to learn:
- A little of the history of dragon boating
- How to hold the paddle and how to sit in the boat
- The basics of the dragon boat stroke
- Commands used in the boat while on the water
- Safety procedures
On the water, you will:
- Learn how to paddle using the stroke demonstrated on land
- How to respond to the safety commands of the steersperson
- How to go forward and backward in the boat
- Different types of strokes and the components of a race
- Have a race! If you only have one boat, you’ll race the clock
Afterward, you can expect that you’ve had a really good time and if you’ve really given it a good try, you’ll be a little sweaty and sore – all completely worth it!