What we're about

Raleigh Dragon Boat Club was first formed in 2011 and received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2017. The club cultivates an arena for dragon boat paddling in the Triangle. A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft that typically boasts a crew of 20 paddlers, one drummer and a steersperson. Our “Intro Practice” paddling sessions on Saturdays provide an opportunity for the public to come learn what dragon boating is and how to paddle. The home of our dragon boat is Lake Wheeler Park, where we hold practice and provide free coaching and all of the equipment needed. Being entirely volunteer-driven, we are a non-profit organization fueled by our passion for paddling. Every September, we are the premier club for the Greater Triangle Dragon Boat Festival taking place in Cary, NC. We have teams for everyone.
https://www.raleighdragonboat.org/

Membership in our competitive team, Raleigh Relentless, continues to be open to any level of experience and fitness.  Weekly, we focus on improving our individual techniques and fitness to keep in sync as a team.

Raleigh Dragon Boat Club is proud to host Chemo-Kaze team. Born in 2018 from one local breast cancer survivor’s dream, we set out to create a team of paddlers committed to inner and outer strength, while spreading joy and having fun. The Kazes continue to welcome THRIVERS of any cancers, organ transplants or other illnesses, along with the family and friends that support them.

Together, Relentless and Chemo-Kazes travel to a handful of races in the southeast as competitive teams, creating unforgettable memories along the way. Through fortitude and fellowship, all our paddlers grow stronger together.

We offer 3 free-practices before we ask you permanently join the club.
If you'd like to permanently join our club, please go to our website and pay the membership fee on the website.
http://www.raleighdragonboat.org/membership
• Please call the park office if you are lost: 919-662-5704.

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Introduction Dragon Boat Practice

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Interested in trying out Dragon Boating? Or are you still learning the technique?
Open practice, newbies welcome! We will provide paddle, life vest, and coaching instruction for free*
First off go to our website and fill out the New Membership Waiver form
http://www.raleighdragonboat.org/waiver
Then
• Bring bottle water, sunblock, hat and wear water friendly clothes and shoes.

  • Arrive on time: the boats won't wait for you.

**NOTE** Please keep your RSVP current. If you say yes, we are holding a sit on the boat. If you have RSVP for a past event and did not show up we will move you off the list. So keep your RSVP current.

If you'd like to permanently join our club, please go to our website and pay the membership fee on the website.
http://www.raleighdragonboat.org/membership
• Please call the park office if you are lost:[masked].
Email us if you have any questions or concerns. We'd love to hear from you! Remember to keep your RESPONSE updated to ensure all those who are on waiting list can join us. Thanks!

*Please see Jess N., Cathy D. or Alicia K. for information about joining the club.

Intro to Dragon Boating for Survivors and New Paddlers

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All who attend this event are welcome to join us for an ice cream social after paddling! (Less than a 5 minute drive from the lake.)

The Chemo-Kazes dragon boat team welcomes survivors of cancer and other illnesses and their caregivers/supporters. Dragon boating is a fun activity for people of all fitness levels! Leave your troubles on the dock and join us to learn teamwork, celebrate survivorship, and make new friends!

_This event is also open to non-survivors interested in learning to paddle for the first time. _

We will provide paddle, life vest, and paddling instruction. You bring water, sunblock, hat, water-friendly clothes and shoes…and your smile!

To learn more, check us out at https://www.raleighdragonboat.org/chemo-kazes or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Chemokazes.

Before practice, please go to our website and fill out the New Membership Waiver form: https://www.raleighdragonboat.org/waiver.

We offer 3 free-practices before we ask you permanently join the club.
If you'd like to become a member now, please go to our website and pay the membership fee.
http://www.raleighdragonboat.org/membership

• Please call the park office if you are lost:[masked]

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Intro to Dragon Boating for Survivors and New Paddlers

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