FAQ

Q: What should I bring to practice? 

The following is a list of suggested items to bring with you.  We do have a secure place for your keys and/or bags.

  • water bottle (waist attachment is suggested)
  • change of clothing and footwear
  • waterproof sunscreen and insect repellent
  • lip balm
  • sunglasses with headband attachment
  • hat or bandanna
  • nutritious snack and drink for after practice
  • towel
  • personal PFD’s are acceptable

Q: What should I wear? 

The following is a list of items you should consider for paddling in a dragonboat:

  •  loose fitting clothing for ease of movement (denim is not recommended)
  • we recommend long pants in the spring and on cool summer days and layered clothing
  • we recommend capris or shorts for warmer weather (some paddlers prefer cycling shorts)
  • wick dry clothing
  • supportive waterproof footwear with grips (running shoes or water shoes) and no flip flops as these are dangerous
  • hat (avoid baseball caps, as they may blow off your head or impede your paddling)
  • sunglasses – the kind you don’t mind possible losing in the water!
  • paddling gloves (optional)
  • light rain gear (breathable) that would fit under a life jacket
  • please leave your jewelry at home, as it could cause injury or get lost

Q: How many paddlers fit in a dragon boat? What are their roles? 

The list below explains paddlers, what their role is and the difference in roles in the boat:

Paddlers in a boat:

  • 18 – 20 paddling at any given time
  • responsible for keeping a quiet and focused boat
  • responsible for listening to and following instructions quickly

Steersperson:

  • stands at the back of the boat with the steering oar
  • sets the path the boat is to take
  • responsible for the safe operation of the dragon boat
  • knows the correct boat crew commands to call out
  • ensures safety equipment is on the boat
  • once away from the dock, the steersperson will hand over the control of the boat to the coach/drummer who will then lead the practice or call the race
  • at any time the steersperson can take over the boat for safety reasons

Stroke

  • the paddlers that sit in the front row of the boat
  • leads the paddlers in stroke rate and timing
  • Coach/Drummer and lead stroke are in constant communication as to what is happening in the boat and around the boat
  • Coach/Drummer calls commands based on the entry of the strokes’ paddles
  • two more strokes may be used, in the middle of the boat, to help keep paddlers in time
  • essential that both sets of strokes coordinate timing
  • some sort of reflective tape on the inside wrist of the strokes may help paddlers see the strokes and to keep time

Q: Where can I park for practice sessions? 

Parking is available at Rafters Landing (9734-98 Avenue) on the grassy area next to the parking lot. Please remember that parking is limited. Signs are located at Rafters Landing.