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
- 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
- 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
- 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). Please remember that parking is limited. Signs are located at Rafters Landing.