New Paddlers and Novice Members Welcome!
- Parent Category: ROOT
- Written by Albert Au
Picture 20 paddlers attacking the water in an adrenalin-charged sprint race... this is dragon boat racing.
Picture 6 paddlers flying through the waves in an offshore endurance race... this is outrigger canoeing.
Picture 100 people coming together to enjoy the fun, fitness and competitive spirit associated with all paddling sports... this is Pacific Dragons!!!
We're always keen for new members regardless of background or paddling experience. Whether your aim is to be a top class paddler competing at an international level or you're simply out to try something new for fun and fitness, there's something for you.
Dragon Boating, Outrigger Canoeing, Single Craft or all three!!
Training sessions run most evenings (6:45pm) and Sat/Sun mornings (8am) from our home at Bank Street, Pyrmont.
When do we train?
October to May - The Australian dragon boat and outrigger seasons generally start during October and finish with the State and National titles around April/May each year.
June to September- Although this is off-season, we still run regular training sessions for those keen to maintain their fitness and for fun. These sessions are very social and it's a great time for new paddlers to start.
What if I paddle with another club?
Those who paddle with other clubs are welcome to join us to paddle in another code.
We however don't have the capacity for you to just cross-train with us. You will need to be involved with us in a racing capacity by getting involved in regattas throughout the season.
What do I need to bring?
BEWARE: You WILL get wet!
- Comfortable shorts/bike pants/wetsuit shorts
- Singlet top/T-shirt/rashie
- Enclosed shoes (eg. old joggers, crocs, boating shoes) - these are compulsory due to the sharp barnacles, glass, etc around where we load/unload the boats
- For cold/windy weather: thermals (these are the best at staying warm when wet), a spray jacket and perhaps a beanie
Also bring with you:
- A change of clothes
- A plastic bag for your wet clothes
- A sense of adventure!
How to join Pacific Dragons?
Now that you've found out how much fun paddling can be, it's time to become a member!
Find out more here:
About Dragon Boating
About Single Craft Paddling