Brighton Dragon Boat Club

Making Waves Since 2007

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Winner of the Brighton & Cramahe Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business Achievement Award

Planning is underway for our 2021 season


Check out the program descriptions below to learn about all the wonderful paddling activities offered by the Brighton Dragon Boat Club (BDBC). We have something for everyone - from those new to the sport to seasoned paddlers to those wanting the challenge of racing. With our talented coaches and steers and all necessary equipment provided, BDBC provides the perfect opportunity to increase physical activity, learn and improve paddling skills and make or renew friendships. And all this while enjoying the beauty and nature of Presqu'ile Bay. Setting sail from the Harbourview Marina Restaurant parking lot in Gosport, we've been making waves there since 2007! We hold several special events each season including the Murray Canal pot luck paddle, sunset paddle, nature paddle and fall excursion to add to our paddling fun. 

Recreational Paddles

Enjoy an hour of paddling fun and activity on the waters of beautiful Presqu’ile Bay. Our experienced coaches use a series of instructions and moderate exercises so new
paddlers can learn the sport and seasoned paddlers can improve their paddling technique all while savouring the scenic views and wildlife. An added benefit is the opportunity to make new friends within the community. With a variety of time options, recreational paddling is available 7 days a week.

Race Team Practices

Practices are designed to improve your individual paddling stroke, racing performance, and endurance. Some drills focus on setting up the stroke, catch, pull, exit and recovery while others focus on racing essentials - race starts, power ups, and finishes. Practices provide a full body workout - your legs are engaged as an anchor while your arm, shoulder and back muscles are activated as you pull the paddle through the water. The team practices two evenings a week under the guidance of a certified coach and competes in 3-4 race festivals each season.

Introduction to Dragon Boat Racing

Whether you’ve committed to the race team, are considering participating in a recreational festival race or just curious about what dragon boat racing is all about, this session is for you. A certified coach introduces you to the essentials - race starts, power ups, finish - and informs you on dragon boat racing. A perfect session for those wondering what racing is about or those wishing to polish their skills.

Improving your Paddle

For new to seasoned paddlers, this session covers all the basics of dragon boating. A certified coach breaks down all the components of the dragon boat stroke and gives paddlers the chance to practice and improve each component. Many paddlers come back to this session again and again as they always find tips to improve their paddle.



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