Intro to Dragon Boating

Come experience a beautiful morning and the ancient tradition of dragon boat racing on the Anacostia River, now one of the fastest growing modern sports in the world! What is dragon boating? It's a competitive sport where twenty paddlers work together as one to surge through the water toward the finish line, all in time to the rhythmic beat of the drummer.

The DC Dragons would like to invite you to one of their free offering free intro and technique classes for dragon boat racing!  You will learn basic stroke technique and timing from experienced paddlers who have raced in the US, Canada, and at the 2013 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships. No experience is necessary and after a quick warm-up, you'll get right on the water to learn how to paddle.  We send out two boats, which means that after getting the basics down we'll be lining up and racing head to head!

This unique, low-impact sport will give paddlers of all ages a great workout! 

DATE/TIME: Every other Sunday, 10:45AM-12:45AM.

COST: $0. Only 20 spots! Since this event is free - please only RSVP if you are serious about attending. If you are unable to attend - please change your RSVP to allow someone else to attend.

WHAT TO BRING: Bottle of water, comfortable clothes you don't mind getting wet.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Anything large like purses and back packs. There's little space in the boat and water tends to collect down there. Cell phones and keys can be placed into a dry bag that will be held by the steersperson.  We do have a locked area where you can place large items.

MORE INFO: (Please do NOT sign up for the event there, we're keeping the sign ups separate)

CARPOOL: Don’t forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!

-Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.

- Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.

 PARKING: Our lot is free to use but please do not park in front of of the gates, that path needs to be kept open for emergency vehicles, not that we're expecting any!


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  • Inash P.

    I am super duper excited!!

    July 14

  • Terrell J.

    Amazing experience, awesome team, great instructors!!! #Teamgunshow #bangbang

    July 14

  • Liz J.

    Awesome experience ... Thanks to all the Dragons that led and mentored!

    1 · July 13

  • Nick P.

    Had a fabulous time. Many thanks.

    1 · July 13

  • Tim F.

    Thank you all for coming out this morning and I hope you had a good time! We'd love to have you back and we practice every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. See for more info! I'll get pictures posted later today.

    July 13

  • Tim F.

    Hi all, last minute reminder about the time change. Remember, we'll be meeting at 10:45, not 8:45. Also, please check the directions before coming down. We're a bit out of the way and constriction blocks the easiest way in .

    July 12

  • Kat

    I am still trying to get a taxi to get there! Deep apologies if I can't make it on time

    July 13

    • Tim F.

      I worries, I think we might be staying a little late anyways.

      July 13

  • Emily Z.

    do you know when sign ups will open for this? thanks!

    June 26

    • Rachel

      Hi Tim, is there additional registration required, or is the RSVP on this site sufficient? I'm looking forward to meeting many of you tomorrow!!

      July 12

    • Tim F.

      Rachel, there's no extra registration needed. You're good to go!

      July 12

  • Johanna A.

    I would love to join you all in this adventure!!

    July 7

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