Information for Prospective Paddlers
We offer three introductory sessions, typically held during September to see if dragon boat racing is a good sport for you. Prospective paddlers are encouraged to attend all of these sessions. Each session will involve a dry land warm up, an in-boat warm up and a paddling practice which usually lasts about an hour. Paddlers are advised to wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes, no jeans or boots please. We paddle rain or shine!
Although we are a sociable group, we are also a competitive racing team. As a team we have made significant gains in our race results. We are also committed to getting stronger and faster for our next season. To that end, we are looking for candidates who are in good health, who are physically fit, and who are willing to work hard at all practice/training sessions. Working hard at practice enables us to race well. In short we are looking for members willing to become 'paddlers' not 'passengers'.
We paddle Monday and Thursday evenings from March to the end of September. During October and November we paddle Saturday mornings, we take December and January off, and resume Saturday morning paddling when weather conditions allow, usually early March. Dry land training occurs Thursday evenings from October to December, and resumes in January and continues to the end of March. As well, we do a private yoga class on Wednesdays which follows the same schedule as dry land training. Dry land training is designed to improve our strength and stamina; yoga increases our flexibility and our focus in the boat.
The major race of the season is the Alcan Festival in June. However, we enter festivals starting at the end of April through to September each year and we need to be able to send a full complement of paddlers to all our races. Time and commitment are essential components to being a member of our team.
For membership inquiries, contact Cheryl Plume - firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Our membership roster is currently FULL