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Announcement: Do you want to try dragonboat racing? Please SEND us a direct message to RSVP and we'll get you set up! You can also send email to

** For safety protocols, participants need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. This ensures a SAFE Environment for you versus a random walk-in event. Please send us a message to RSVP for a fun dragonboat practice -- the perfect workout for athletic beginners and experienced paddlers alike!

NOTE ** Recommended for people age 13 - 50, with no underlying health conditions. Youth athletes age13+ can join accompanied by parent/guardian. We guarantee fun and a great workout!

The Bay Area Dragons (BAD), a competitive dragon boat racing team, offers free dragon boat lessons every weekend in Foster City. You get to try it out first before you fall in love and join this crazy paddling foodies club =)
What is Dragon Boating? A team of 22 people with 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson paddling in unison in a long canoe-like boat. Dragon Boat races are usually 2-3 minute sprints. You see it on TV with the dragon heads and tails racing on a river or out in the bay!

Who are the Bay Area Dragons? We're the founding and the first dragon boat club in the SF Bay Area! Founded in 1995 and registered as a non-profit in 1996, now celebrating 28 years STRONG! We love introducing the sport to people who have never paddled in their life before! Time to get up from your desk and get your adrenaline rush! We are recruiting for athletic folks who want to race competitively!

Do you enjoy water sports? Want to be in a team sport? Want to bring out your athletic self? Not sure if you will like it? We'd love you to join us for a Saturday morning practice! Try it out and see for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with this sport! Plus you get to meet new friends while keeping active!

Additional Information:
All equipment is provided. Recommended for people age 13 - 50, with no underlying health conditions/concerns.
Youth athletes 13 years and older can join accompanied by a parent/guardian. We guarantee fun and a great workout! 
Free Parking. Come join BAD for an awesome time on the water!

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