Dragon Boat Program



We are excited to be kicking of the 2024 Dragon Boat racing season. We will be starting regular practices at the end of March and these will continue into the fall.  

Are you interested in joining a Dragon Boat team but not sure if a team is a good fit for you? Look no further as the VCKC Dragon Flyers are recruiting. Come join our 'Try it Day' on Marth 24th to try your hand at paddling and learn more about the team. Register for the event via the club calendar. Contact Hannah at: VCKC Dragon Boat for more details. 

Our teams enjoy great camaraderie and fun together both on and off the water. We typically compete at 4-5 local Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival Race Events. 

Do you have Dragon Boat Steering experience? Or are you interested in learning? We're looking for you! Please contact us to learn more!

VCKC Members are reminded not to paddle in Colquitz Creek. It is off-limits year-round.  Paddlers, please try to avoid rafts of birds on the inlet as many of them are resting here on their migrations and when we paddle too close they fly away and waste valuable energy.

Program Overview

The sport of dragon boat racing has its origins in China over 1000 years ago. Over the past 20 years, it has become one of the world's most colourful and fastest growing team sports. Dragon boating is a fun, social and competitive team sport that involves a 48 foot, 300Kg boat, 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a stern racing at 250, 500 and sometimes 2000 metre courses. Dragon Boating (video)

The goal of VCKC teams is to compete in nearby dragon boat festivals, including the Gorge Super Sprints (May), Nanaimo (July), and Victoria (August). There are many more opportunities to compete in and around BC.

Teams start their practices in early March and finish the season in the fall. Depending on demand, the dragon boat program offers several different teams with different goals and commitment levels: Recreational, Womens, and 50+.  Currently VCKC has one Mixed Recreational team. VCKC teams are open to any member of the Club.

Teams are trained by volunteer coaching staff, and generally practice twice a week in the evenings.  A practice schedule is created each spring as teams begin to form.

Paddlers wishing to be placed on a team undergo a selection process to match their season's goals with a team of similarly minded paddlers. "Learn to Paddle" sessions are held starting in early March. See the calendar for details.  This is the best place to start as a new member or new paddler. New paddlers can use equipment from the clubhouse.  The first two sessions in the water are free but after that you must become a member of VCKC  to continue and contribute to the club.  You may want to acquaint yourself with VCKC Policies & Procedures and also with the VCKC DragonBoat Program policies.  

VCKC’s dragon boat program emphasizes sportsmanship, safety, good fellowship, protection of the environment, and community service.  In keeping with VCKC principles, costs are low but members of the program should take part in community events such as the Gorge Canada Day Picnic, and volunteer for annual Clubhouse and Gorge cleanups. 

You can read about the background about the sport of dragon boating in Victoria and within VCKC in the following chronology: 

Instructional Resources

Related videos: Dragon Boating,  Dragonboat Technique & Victoria's Races

Useful linksDragon Boat West  | Gorge Rowing | Dragon Boat Canada | IDBF Calendar & Documents

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