Dragon Boat Program

The sport of Dragon Boating has been around for centuries. Brought to BC for Expo 86, this sport has quickly gained popularity in Canada making our nation one of the top teams on the international stage. The boat itself (which is between 40 to 48 feet in length) holds 20 paddlers at a time with one steersperson and a drummer. The goal is for all members to paddle in sequence to propel the boat forward as fast as possible over a defined distance (usually 500m). Typical races usually take from 2 to 3 minutes, requiring a combination of technique, endurance, and concentration.

Dragonboat has become so popular because it is a sport that basically anyone can participate in. Teams range from recreational, competitive, corporate, breast cancer survivors as well as community groups. Ultimately, it attracts the masses due to the fun nature of the sport and the social interaction involved. There is a special bond that is shared when working together towards a common goal, dragonboat has a unique ability to bring out the best in people.

Come out to Harrison Lake and try it for yourself.