Registered Charity No: 1025713
A dragon boat is a human-powered boat, which originated in China over 2000 years ago.
For competition events, dragon boats are rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads
and tails. Paddlers sit facing forwards, and use a specific type of paddle with one blade.
Be a part of Chinese traditions, get together a team of 10 paddlers and a drummer
and grab your slot on our Dragon Boat Dash Leaderboard. Can you beat the
If you have enough for 2 teams we race against each other to add even more
We offer half day or evening sessions in our 2 Junior Dragon Boats, each seating 10
paddlers. We also offer BDA (British Dragon Boat Racing Association) coaching awards.
Taster session (evening 2 hours or half day 2 ½ hours):
Get dressed and ready for the session
Safety briefing and buddy system
Holding the paddle, paddle strokes, commands and formation on land
Launch boat, all aboard
Working together to paddle evenly as a team, practicing forwards, backwards, stopping, starting and commands
Timed race to go on the ESSA leaderboard
Games if there is time/if appropriate
Return to shore, return paddles and store boat
If you have more than 20 paddlers, we can put other paddlers in rowing boats and swap the group around.
BDA Basic Helm (1 Day)
The Basic Helm award enables you to become the helm of a dragon boat, looking after the people on board and delivering briefings, learning new skills and playing games.
BDA Centre Coach (1 Day)
The Centre Coach Award qualifies you to coach crews under race conditions and supervise the training of helms.