Frequently Asked Questions
So what exactly is dragon boating?
Dragon boating is an adrenalin pumping water sport with origins stemming back over 2000 years to the rivers of China. Originally conducted during the summer solstice in response to superstitious beliefs that racing would ensure prosperous and bountiful crops, the sport is now fiercely competed around the globe with World Championships held every 2 years.
Teams consist of 20 paddlers plus a sweep and drummer who work together to propel the boat forward for race distances of 200m, 500m, and 2km. Timing, teamwork, technique and commitment are essential elements for a successful dragon boat team. Dragon boating is a sport unlike any other with each and every member dependent on the other every step of the way.
What do I need to bring?
For training, everything is supplied, including paddles. Just wear comfortable clothes, a pair of shoes that can get wet and bring a bottle of water.
For the daytime sessions, it is recommended you wear adequate sun protection (hat, sunglasses & sunscreen).
During the colder months, you may want to consider wearing thermals to keep warm.
Is paddling hard to learn?
It isn’t hard to learn the basic paddling technique. You’ll be paddling the boat forward with the best of us in your first session. Technique and timing are the key to good paddling, and with a supportive team behind you it won’t take long to get the hang of it.
How fit do I need to be?
There is no fitness requirement. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Beginners are often surprised at how quickly they become fit once they start paddling.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Although it is advantageous for paddlers to be able to swim 50m fully-clothed, it is not essential to know how to swim. We recommend for those who cannot swim or are weak swimmers to wear a PFD (personal floatation device or life vest). We do have PFDs available to use. Please don’t hesitate to ask to borrow one.