A dragon boat is essentially a long boat, a canoe powered by lots of people with paddles. Originally found in the Pearl River Delta region of China, dragon boating came about when a poet-statesman fell into the river and fishing boats raced to rescue him. Unfortunately, their efforts were in vain, but the sport of dragon boat racing was born, and has now spread around the world.
The Adelaide Sea Dragons dragon boat club are a large South Australian club with members based in Adelaide at West Lakes, Ceduna and Streaky Bay. They are very active in competitions run by the South Australian Association, DragonBoat SA. However it's not all about competition, for club members it's just as important to have a friendly and enjoyable environment.
South Australian Club Adelaide Sea Dragons About to Race (Image: Adelaide Sea Dragons)
Dragon boat races take place over several distances. Short races over 200 metres are held at almost every event. A standard dragon boat race is 500 metres long, and a 1 km or 2 km race is held infrequently. Training for the dragon boat races takes place in Adelaide at Aquatic Reserve, West Lakes, and new paddlers are welcome to come and try the sport on a Saturday morning session.
Each come and try session comprises four consecutive weeks of training.
There are currently three free come and try dragon boat racing Saturday sessions available for new starters: September 2, October 7, and November 2. At the introductory session, you will be introduced to the sport of dragon boating, and be briefed on the importance of team work, technique and camaraderie. One of the coaching staff will run through safety procedures, show you the basic technique to get you started, and introduce you to the committee and other club members to ensure you are made welcome.
DragonBoatSA Run Regular Dragon Boat Racing Events at West Lakes
For your free hour long come and try session with Adelaide Sea Dragons please remember these things that you should bring
a bottle of water, hat and sunscreen
sportswear appropriate for the weather that can get wet
shoes that can get wet (old sneakers)
a towel and change of clothes
The club will provide you with the other equipment you need to get started, including a life vest, training paddle, coaching, and a free breakfast after each come and try day.
Of course, dragon boating at West Lakes is a water sport, so you can expect to get wet. But dragon boating is also a good fitness activity, bringing health and social benefits as a recreational pastime. If you're looking for fun things to do in Adelaide you should definitely give dragon boat racing a try.
Dragon Boating on the River Torrens in Adelaide (Image: Adelaide Sea Dragons)
Adelaide Sea Dragons train all year round, so members are encouraged to come to as many sessions as possible to maintain their level of fitness and well-being. In addition to the Saturday morning session for people new dragon boat racing, the club offers three types of training.
There's also a social side to dragon boating with Adelaide Sea Dragons. Their website's news page includes social dinners and taking part in other group activities together as part of the team building. Members also have an opportunity to travel in South Australia and interstate, to take part in State and National dragon boat racing titles.
For more information about dragon boat racing and the come and try sessions with Adelaide Sea Dragons, head over to their website or their Facebook page. You will find all you need to know about the sport of dragon boating and how you can benefit from it. Have fun!
This is a great activity if you're looking for a sport to do as a couple as you don't have to have to have the same level of fitness to participate ...plus there's a fab social side with this club as well ..