New Paddlers

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!