Introduction to Dragon Boat Racing

Introduction to Dragon Boat Racing

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Introduction to Dragon Boat Racing – Sydney Course

Dragon Boating is a fast paced water sport with origins stemming back to China over 2000 years ago. Crews consist of 20 paddlers plus a sweep and drummer on race day. The sport is now very popular on an international level with clubs and regattas held in most countries around the world. Sydney’s Lunar New Year is the largest dragon boat regatta in the southern hemisphere.

Come along for this short course and see if your next challenge is to become a dragon boater!

In these sessions, you will be taken through the basics of Dragon Boat Racing, including technique, timing and the importance of teamwork. It is the ultimate team sport and you’ll be amazed how quickly your fitness levels improve after joining.

Dragon Boat Racing is a very social sport – they love competing but they also love to catch up off the water too. There’s time for coffee after the session too to meet your fellow dragon boaters!

The course is run by DSA (Dragon Sports Association) Club at Rhodes. A portion of the course fee will be offset against DSA club fees should you join the club before 30th June 2019.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol today or enquire now!

Course Outline

In this course you will learn:

  • Dragon Boating techniques
  • Dragon Boating timing
  • Safety on the water and in the boat
  • The importance of team work in Dragon Boat Racing

Course Outcome

Included in the sessions:

  • a Dragon BNSW accredited sweep
  • an experienced trainer or qualified coach in each boat
  • safety instructions
  • land based warm up
  • allocation of paddles to each participant
  • allocation of life jackets to those who cannot swim 50m or choose to wear them
  • session wrap up and stretch

What to bring

  • Wear gym gear, a cap and old joggers or water safe shoes.
  • Layer up and bring a spray jacket if the weather is cool.
  • Bring bottled water, a towel and change of clothes for afterwards. You will get wet!

Paddles and life jackets are provided on the day.

Important Information

  • A waiver form will be completed before you go out onto the boat.
  • Dragon Sports Association (DSA) is a 10 min walk from Rhodes Train Station and buses run to the door. Car parking is in Leeds St Car Park, Rhodes.


This course is suitable for the complete beginner and assumes no prior knowledge of the sport.

Delivery Mode

The class is delivered onsite at the DSA Club and on the water at Rhodes.