Everyone is welcome to paddle with us. The question is whether or not you want to participate in the races. We require that you attend 80% of our practices to be able to participate in a race. For those who want to paddle for leisure, we have a team just for that.
Not to worry. Dragon boats hardly flip. You would have to be doing really weird stuff on the boat in order for it to flip (for example, the steersperson doing the Macarena with his/her oar). The most important safety tip is to LISTEN and do what your coach and steersperson tell you to do. Also, every paddler is required to wear a PFD (aka lifejacket) so it’s not as dangerous as you think. We’ll work together to get back to the dock safely.
You can still come for our extra practices (see Practice Schedule) to get training. Some of our paddlers may not be able to race during the festival and we may need spares, so talk to our coach and we’ll work something out.
You may sign up before the season starts, between November and January. We accept new members up until March, depending on availability. To sign up, please e-mail Dragon Hearts Club . We will have an orientation before the season starts, so give us a shout if you’re interested. We’ll save you a spot.