You can check the sign up date for any weather cancellations, after 4:00 pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before practice to sign waiver and participate in mandatory team on land, warm-up
We welcome all ages over 18, men and women, breast cancer and other cancer warriors and supporters. We are a fun-loving group committed to exercise, teamwork, and promoting the sport of dragon boat through competition. Annapolis Dragon Boat Club is a non-profit organization with 501(c) (3) status, which seeks to share the benefits of the sport with anyone who would like to give it a try, regardless of experience or fitness level. This accessible team sport is fun, energizing and exciting. A full body workout with opportunities for recreational training or competitive racing, depending on your interest.
Our coach and members are dedicated to helping new paddlers acclimate to the sport. Weekly practices allow our members to build endurance on the water and refine our technique, in order to bring out our best at competitive regional festivals throughout the year.
What you need to practice Club will provide you with a paddle and a PFD (Personal Floatation Device) if you don't have your own. We suggest you bring a water bottle and wear fast drying, weather appropriate clothing; water shoes or footwear that you don't mind getting wet. Optional - hat and/or sunglasses and sun block. This is a water sport, so you may get wet – change of clothes is always a good idea
If you have additional questions, or to join the club at an annual fee of $125.00 a year, please contact membership chairperson at Membership@AnnapolisDragonBoatClub.org
The mission of the Annapolis Dragon Boat Club is to promote the development of healthy bodies and spirits for men and women, to support recovery from breast cancer and all other cancers, and to grow friendships and teamwork. The club promotes and develops the sport of dragon boating as a means of building physical strength, endurance and confidence with an emphasis on recreation, synchrony, and harmony while on the water...the beautiful Spa Creek of Annapolis.
Legend of the Dragon Boat
The roots of dragon boat racing go back over 2,000 years to the southern provinces of China.
Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river's waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan's body. Dragon boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals.
Today, dragon boating is the fastest growing international team water sport. Each year, race festivals are held around the world in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States
"The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong."
- Swami Vivekananda
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