Do I have to be in shape to dragon boat?
The LDBCI has 3 teams and encourages the participation of people of all fitness levels. If you feel your fitness is a concern, you can try a couple practices and talk to the coaches to determine if dragon boating is a good fit for you. As you may expect, your fitness level will likely improve through dragon boating.
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 practices free of charge. This year we are asking that you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as we will need to complete paperwork and submit proof of vaccine prior to hopping in a boat to try it.
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 are approximately $50 per person. Generally, a team will enter 3 – 5 festivals a season.
Is there car pooling into the park?
Carpooling from Ted Earley Sports Complex 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?
The ability to swim is recommended but not required. Ideally all crew members should be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing, and tread water and remain afloat, unaided, for a least three minutes. If you are unable to swim it is important that you let your coach know and always wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) on the docks and in the boats at all times. The LDBCI provides PFD; however, many members purchase their own.
In warm weather some members use inflatable PFDs and when specifically training for races some paddlers will have a PFD in the boat but will not be wearing it. If you are a non-swimmer you must wear an inherently buoyant PFD at all times.