Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is a dragon boat?

A dragon boat is a 550 lb., 40 ft. long canoe-like boat, holding 20 paddlers sitting two abreast on ten wooden seats. The paddlers use single blade paddles, shorter than most canoe paddles. A steersperson stands in the stern with a long oar and a drummer in the bow faces the paddlers. There is now a 10-person boat with 5 seats. Dragons Alive has both models.

2. What experience is needed?

No experience is needed, just an adventuresome, fun-loving spirit. This is a team sport enjoyed by all ages, women and men. We ask that participants be at least 18 years of age.

3. How much does it cost to join?

Annual dues are $250 for a year, which gives you about 3 ½ months of twice-weekly paddling sessions (more if the weather cooperates), all coached by our certified coaches.

4. What about equipment?

Quick-drying clothing (not cotton) is preferred. We will loan you a life jacket and paddle for the first year. Bring water, a hat and sunscreen.

5. How does racing work?

Every year, we choose which festivals we plan to attend before the season starts. Most of these festivals are one-day events so the cost is minimal. We carpool and split the cost of the entry fees among all paddlers and coaches. Racing is why we train, on the water and off it! It gives us a goal, and it is a blast!

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