Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be in shape to dragon boat?

The LDBCI has 4 Teams and encourages the participation of people of all fitness levels. If you feel your fitness is a concern, the Recreational team will give you the opportunity to participate and see where you fit. As you may expect, your fitness level will likely improve through dragon boating.

How many people are in a boat?

A boat has the capacity to hold 20 paddlers, one steersperson and one drummer. Generally, teams will practise with 12 to 20 people per boat.

Is dragon boating only for women?

No. Dragon boating is the fastest growing sport and the LDBCI has three Co-Ed (mixed) Teams.

Can I try paddling before I commit to joining a team?

Yes, we encourage people to try paddling before deciding to join a team. We offer 2 practises free of charge. Please refer to the ...... for information on joining.

Do I need to have my own equipment?

The London Dragon Boat Club supplies the boats, Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) and paddles. Many members do purchase their own equipment once addicted to the sport!

How long is a paddling season?

The boats go into the water early May and are taken out early October.

Do I have to go to the festivals?

Festivals are not mandatory but the Intermediate and Competitive teams train specifically to compete. The Recreational team also competes in festivals but some of the team members do not participate.

How much are the festivals?

Festival costs range from $30 to $40 per person. Generally, a team will enter 4-5 festivals a season.

Is there car pooling into the park?

Carpooling from Ted Early Park can be arranged among the team/club members; however, there is not an official carpooling system. People who wish to try paddling may be able to arrange a ride into the park with a team member or captain. Please contact the team to confirm.

Do I need to know how to swim?

Ideally all crew members should be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing, unaided. Crew members should be ‘water competent’ by being able to swim and hold a position by treading water and remaining afloat, unaided, for a least three minutes. Personal Floatation devices must be worn on the docks and in the boats at all times. The LDBCI provides PFD; however, many members purchase their own. Please refer to the LDBCI Safety Manual for more information on acceptable Personal Floatation Devices.