What experience do I need if I would like to join a dragon boat club?

  • Absolutely none! We have coaches that will help you with technique.

Can I try paddling the dragon boat before I make a commitment to join the club?

  • Yes.  We offer the dragon pass, this gives you one month free.

If I join the club, will it cost me a lot of money?

  • No. There is an annual membership fee (see our ‘membership information’ page). Members are required to wear a club shirt at regattas (approx. $45).  Regattas are optional and cost approximately $25. 

Is there a minimum age, or maximum age limit?

  • The minimum starting age is 12.   There is no maximum age.

What equipment will I need as a paddler?  Is it necessary for me to buy this equipment?

  • Paddles are supplied however can be purchased.  Paddling gloves are useful.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you’re happy to get wet.

Do I have to be a ‘super athlete’ to join a dragon boat club?

  • We accept all fitness levels.  Dragon boating will improve your fitness. 

Does the club have a dry land training program?

  • Team members are encouraged to maintain a level of fitness.  We do have land training options if members are interested.

How long does the dragon boating season last?

  • We paddle all year round.  The regattas are normally held between July and March.

Should I expect to paddle in all weather?

  • We don’t paddle when conditions are likely to be hazardous, for instance, during an electrical storm.  The decision not to paddle is made by our Coach and Team Captain.
  • On land training may occur in the ‘Paddlers’ Den’ on days when the weather is not favourable for paddling. This is decided by Coach or Club Committee

What is the minimum number of paddlers needed to proceed with training, or to participate in a regatta?

  • Our team prefers to train with a least 10 paddlers in the boat.  To go out with less than 10 poses injury and safety risks.
  • Regattas usually require a minimum 18 paddlers for 20’s teams and 8 paddlers for 10’s teams.  

What if I can’t attend training?

  • Not a problem.  We all have situations where we are unable to attend a training session.
  • If you are competing in a upcoming event, it is expected that you attend as many training sessions as possible.

In each season how many regattas does the club take part in?

  • This varies from year to year.  It is approximately 6 – 7 per year.  We also try to attend the State and National Championships each year.
  • The club also attends regattas in other states. 
  • We also try and promote the sport via ‘Come & Try’ days, local festivals and other promotional/fundraising events.

Will I be expected to attend every regatta or event?

  • Your participation is up to you.  We give every paddler the opportunity to race. 
  • Your participation in other (non-paddling) events throughout the year is voluntary however these events help to build the club and help is appreciated.