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This group is operated by SOAR, a 501c3 promoting paddlesports, adventure racing and other outdoor recreation.

What is Dragon Boating? Only the world’s fastest-growing team water sport! It's a great workout for core, cardio and all-around fitness.

Teams of ten to twenty paddlers (depending on boat size) take to the water, paddling in synchronization. A steersperson at the rear maneuvers the boat. Teamwork is key, as races are often won or lost by less than one second.

During races, a drummer sits at the front of the boat to encourage the paddlers. Most races are 500m in length, although 1,000 – 2,000m exhibitions are becoming common.

Who is Blazing Paddles? We are a very diverse group of people that love water sports. Our members come from all walks of life, all ages, and all backgrounds. We train hard but have fun, on and off the water. Established in 1999, our team has an enviable record, and is the reigning champion of several paddling titles.

Want to give it a try? We’d love for you to join us! Most of our members had no paddling experience when they joined. We can teach you all you need to know and help you get into great shape.

Come try it out and see for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with this sport. You’ll enjoy a great workout on Florida’s scenic waterways while meeting new people.

What you will need: Please bring water or a sports drink, sunscreen and hat (for daytime practices), and wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting splashed (this is a water sport, after all). Also, a willingness to learn and have fun!

One last thing: Our members use another program for practice signup, so don't think if you see few RSVPs that we are not going to have a crew. Please call the Cap'n at 954.232.7434 to confirm, as plans can change due to weather or competitions, etc.

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