Thank you for your interest in our club. Each year the FVDBC gets a huge amount of emails and phone calls asking about our Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe Programs. Most of the emails are of the same nature. I have included the a copy of our reply letter and a list of question and answers to hopefully answer any questions you might have in regards to paddling with us on Harrison Lake. Please read through it and don't hesitate to contact us if you still need more answers. We are here to help, and would love to introduce you to the wonderful sport of dragon boating.
Thank you for the email. I am glad to hear you are interested in learning more about the Dragon Boat and OC Programs we offer. The Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club is currently made up of a number of mixed teams (women and men of all ages 19 to 99), Ladies Only Teams and Junior Teams (13 to 18). Our paddling season is year round though Dragon Boat season usually starts in Mid March and runs through to the end of September. The first few months are used to teach our new paddlers the different strokes and techniques as well as coach our returning paddlers. As a new paddler, you will learn a new language (well a few new words anyway), meet some incredible people and get in shape all at the same time. Our teams compete in regattas throughout the year and which regattas you attend will depend on the team you are on. Regattas are held all over BC including: Richmond, Vancouver, Kelowna, Port Moody, Victoria, Nanaimo and Seattle to name a few. Our club also hosts a dragon boat regatta in July and an Outrigger Regatta in August. Both of these events are hosted in Harrison Hot Springs.
All the teams practice on Harrison Lake in Harrison Hot Springs. All teams practice at least once a week with some practicing twice weekly. These practices range between 1 1/2 to 3 hours in length depending on the team. Dates and times for practices are usually determined at the start of the year. We hold a free open paddle every year to allow perspective new paddlers a chance to come out and try dragon boating and outrigger canoeing first hand before deciding on a team. This gives new paddlers a chance to talk with the different teams and their members and get a better idea on what is required and which team will meet their needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!)
What is Dragon Boating?
Dragon Boating is the fastest growing water sport in the world. Equipped with 20 paddlers, a steers person and a drummer, the Dragon Boats are raced along a 500 meter course. It is the most exciting 2 1/2 minutes you can have in a boat.
What are Outrigger Canoes?
Outrigger Canoes are similar in length to a dragon boat but only seat 6 people in single file. Unlike the sport of dragon boat Outrigger Races are more like a marathon and can be many kilometers in length and can take hours to complete based on distance.
Don't I have To Be In Shape To Dragon Boat?
If you have the desire, heart and willpower, we can get you paddling. Paddling is a fun, addicting sport that is for everyone. We like people of all shapes and sizes.
Isn't Dragon Boating Just For Women?
Not at all. The Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club is made up of four mixed teams, our Junior Team and our Ladies Only Team. We encourage families, husbands and wives or just about anyone to come out and join.
What equipment do I need?
All initial equipment is provided by the Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club. The club supplies the boats, paddles and PFD (life jackets). As with any sport you can purchase your own gear to suit your needs. Costs vary depending upon equipment purchased.
Can I Try Before I Buy?
Yes you can. In fact we encourage potential paddlers to try it a few times before committing. With four teams to choose from, your options are limitless. Come out and try it.
The Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club is always looking to promote and grow both of our paddling programs. If you are interested in trying Dragon Boating or Outrigger Canoe, please give us a call, drop us an email or just show up. We have numerous teams in the club that practice one or two days a week which means the boats are always on the water.
If you still have questions and need more information please click here to contact our captains