The Canadian Dragons are a competitive dragon boat team who welcome all new paddlers. Experience is not required, and while physical fitness is a key component of the sport, people of all levels of fitness, age, nationality and interest are welcome to pick up a paddle and join us in the boat.
Not only is our club a great way to stay fit, it is also a gateway to new, lifelong friends and amazing adventures. We participate in events both inside and outside of Singapore’s borders and have organized trips ranging from wakeboarding in Indonesia to climbing to Everest base camp.
Although our club was founded in 1989 by a group of Canadian businessmen, you don’t have to be Canadian to join the team. In typical Canadian fashion, we are a welcoming bunch and have members from the world over. From Australians to Vietnamese, Russians to Koreans, Estonians to Singaporean all are welcome to grab a paddle, strap on a life vest and have an amazing time with us on the water and a drink or two on the beach after.
With its roots in ancient Chinese legend, dragon boating is a traditional canoe discipline with immense popularity the world over at both the recreational and competitive levels. The Chinese dragon — the classic version of which has the head of an ox, antlers of a deer, mane of a horse, body of a python, claws of a hawk and fins and tail of a fish — decorate the bow and stern of the long, narrow craft. The hull of the vessel is often painted with scales to represent a dragon’s body and the paddles symbolize its claws. The dragon boat is powered by a crew of either 10 or 20 paddlers, helmed by a coxswain and led by a drummer.