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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.

ONLINE WAIVER: Please sign our waiver before you come down!

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for coming out! Just a reminder, we'd love to have you back and we have beginner practice every Sunday, not just Sundays that we have Meetups. You can find more info on our website at, or you can emails us at [masked].

    August 12, 2014

  • Aileen

    Thank you TIm (and the many Dragons supporting us newbies). We had a fantastic time on the water and I'm sure many of us will return!

    1 · August 10, 2014

  • Dominique

    I'm really sorry I wasn't able to make it, but I wandered for an hour and couldn't find the address.

    August 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I understand, or can be difficult to find the place

      August 10, 2014

  • Chuck

    Sorry for the late no RSVP. I got the confirmation too late.

    August 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, all! Looks like tomorrow will once again be beautiful! Before you come down, please remember to sign our waiver online here:

    Also, please remember that a portion of M St is shut down for construction and to check our map of the detour before you come down.

    August 9, 2014

    • Amber

      Any last minute open spots, by chance?

      August 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Check our website, we might have a spot open there. Otherwise, I'm sorry, there's only so many spots in the boats.

      August 10, 2014

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