Dragon boat racing started in China some 2,000 years ago and is now enjoying widespread popularity throughout the world. Teams are often comprised of men and women of different ages, body sizes and races. Winning teams reach the finish line first by synchronizing their strokes, making timing and teamwork as important as strength and endurance. Dragon boating is also very affordable.
Yes we do! We have a full schedule from early spring each year until the annual Treasure Island event in San Francisco each fall.
Dragon boat regattas are exhilarating to watch — and even more exciting when you join in the competition! That’s why we regularly start novice teams so more people can enjoy this sport.
And many members of the Alameda DragonFlyers team travel the world for competitions each year. See our current list below:
With Alameda Dragon Flyers, the first three outings are free. After that, you’ll be asked to join the team at an annual fee of $175. This covers the cost of the boats, insurance, paddles and personal flotation devices. Race fees are an additional but reasonable amount and are spread over the racing season.
Either is fine!
We do need to know that you are planning to come to your first practice. The way to do that is to register with us through the Alameda DragonFlyers Meet Up page. Thanks!
For that first practice, you’ll want:
- Quick-dry clothing appropriate to the weather. (No jeans or sweats.)
- Water bottle
- Sneakers or water sandals
In addition to the boats, we will provide you with paddles and PFD for use during practices and race days.
None! Many of our team members hadn’t had any previous boating experience before they joined. The basic basic paddling stroke is easy to learn – and challenging to master.
Call our Weather Phone at (510) 437-0782 for last-minute announcements about cancellations or delays due to weather conditions.