Brighton Dragon Boat Club



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  • 28 Mar 2020 5:01 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    Dear BDBC Family,

    I hope you are all well and managing under the circumstances. Our offer to help anyone needing assistance remains available. Snowbirds, I hope you are all home and safe. To all who work front line, you are most appreciated and thought of.

    On behalf of your board of directors I am giving you an update on our 2020 season which, like everything else around us, is affected by Covid-19.

    We are being realistic given the current situation and feel at minimum there will be a delay to our paddling season.  The virus, paddler safety and insurance implications will drive our club’s program this year. Worst case scenario would keep boats on dry land; fingers crossed that it doesn’t come to this.

    All April events listed on our calendar are cancelled. May events are on hold. We will update you as news develops from official sources.  

    A revised fee structure for a delayed start will be sent to you next week. If you have prepaid, you will receive the appropriate discount based on start date. If your preference is a full refund now, please email our Treasurer Tom King at We have stopped the messages you were receiving which encouraged you to renew at this time.

    I am very proud of our directors who have volunteered their time and expertise and have put a lot of planning and effort into building a season for everyone. We truly hope circumstances will change significantly, allowing us to get you all on the water sooner than later. Even a shorter season will be better than no season.

    In the meantime, keep active with home exercise and lots of walks/bike rides outside. I ask that you please keep the paddling spirit alive and stay positive. We just need some time to see what unfolds.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Tricia Boehme

    P.S. Please enjoy the picture below. Lot's of happy faces enjoying the annual September camping excursion.

  • 16 Mar 2020 6:29 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)


    Has life become routine? Do you feel like you are walking through the everyday challenges of life in a haze? Wake up your senses, stop floating through life—floats are for parades! 

    The Brighton Dragon Boat Race Team (the Heat Strokes) is looking to recruit new members for its upcoming race season.  We are men and women of all ages, and we all love to get out on the water and give it our all…no more, no less!

    If you’re ready to step out of your routine check us out at under the tab BDBC Heat Strokes Album and join our team.

    This e-mail was originally drafted to invite you to our Meet and Greet at the Smokehouse Restaurant on March 19th to learn about our race team, meet some of your fellow teammates and decide if you want to join the fun. Unfortunately in the interest of member and public safety we decided to forego the event in the current COVID-19 environment.  Coach Phil was particularly crestfallen at the announcement of the cancellation, not only because he missed the opportunity to revisit with current team members and meet potential race team recruits but also because he lost the opportunity to chow down on free nibblies.  With any luck corona virus concerns will be alleviated in time for our Open House at the YMCA from 9 to 11:30AM on April 25.

    Does this delay in getting together mean you get a free pass on pre-season training? NO!  While  acknowledging paddling in a pool pales in comparison to paddling on the lake, Pool Paddling which commences on April 2 and every Thursday thereafter will provide you with a jump start on getting those shoulder, leg and core muscles tuned up and help get the kinks out of your stroke before we hit the open water on May 11.  As an added bonus you have the opportunity to have both Miles (last year race team coach) and Phil (this year's race team coach) advising you on improvements to your paddling technique.  New paddlers shouldn't be overly concerned, as I will easily keep Miles and Phil pre-occupied critiquing my own ineptness. 

    If you can't make it to pool paddling, please get going on your personal exercise routine and we'll see you at our Open House.

  • 13 Mar 2020 12:34 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    Race Team Meet and Greet
    Thursday March 19th

    We feel this is the best decision given the latest updates on Covid-19.  We will update you on our April 25th Open House in the near future. A race meeting for returning and new members will take place at that time.

  • 10 Mar 2020 1:33 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)



    Remember the last time you had to push yourself to achieve a goal?

    Or the last time that you worked hard to get that extra burst of speed or strength?

    How about the last time you felt that you were an integral part of a team?

    The Brighton Dragon Boat Race Team (the Heat Strokes) is looking to recruit new members for its upcoming race season.  It’s the ultimate team sport; no one can win on their own, you need everyone in the boat to bring their best to win. 

    If you’re ready to rekindle that inner fire, check us out at under the tab "BDBC Heat Strokes Album" and come to our Meet and Greet at the Smokehouse Restaurant in Brighton anytime between 6:00 to 7:30 PM on March 19th to learn about our race team, meet some of your fellow teammates and decide if you want to join the fun! 

  • 9 Mar 2020 12:23 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    The paddling schedule is now up-to-date. There are a few changes to session names and a few new sessions added. Please read the descriptions provided at the bottom of the calendar. 

  • 9 Feb 2020 11:57 AM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    We are keeping you up-to-date on the 2020 season through email. If you are not receiving these updates, (most recent dated Feb 8th), check your junk folder first. If no emails are found, please send us a note and we will help rectify the situation.    

  • 14 Sep 2019 2:37 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)


    We have been working hard this year to share lots of club happenings through social media and most recently through our website with photo albums. We hope you have explored these options and are enjoying them.


    We have added 2 tabs to our website labeled 2019 Photo Album and 2019 Special Events Photos. We have started the process of uploading pictures to these albums and you will notice that a few pictures are pre-2019 at present. We will add more as time permits. Please send pictures to  if you are not adding them to Face Book.


    We have changed our Facebook page due to some technical difficulties. The new page is called BRIGHTON DRAGON BOAT CLUB EST.2007. The page now allows you to share a post to it without administrator approval. It will be at the administrator’s discretion to keep or delete based on appropriateness. The administrators are Cathy Hewton and Tricia Boehme. To follow us, simply “like” the page. 


    If you are an Instagrammer, we do our best to share posts from Facebook to this site. It is just another way to stay in the loop of club action.


    Engage on our Facebook page by posting, liking, commenting, sharing and inviting your friends to like our page.  This is FREE advertising for us!!


    Please unfollow our current Facebook page Brighton Dragon Boat Club as we are closing this.

    If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please share with us.

  • 15 Mar 2019 5:24 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    We have a new link in the menu which shows off all of our current inventory. If something appeals to you, contact Susan Walker,  details on the site.

  • 26 Feb 2019 6:12 PM | Tricia Boehme (Administrator)

    Are you on Facebook? Are you following our page? Are you sharing our posts with your friends?

    We have been actively working our facebook page (Cathy Hewton and Tricia Boehme) and asking those who read our posts to share the information. This has resulted in our club getting our information into many hands. We have had a number of inquiries about our club BECAUSE of facebook shares. More members will mean fuller boats which will mean more fun!!

    Please, if you are on facebook:

    #1 LIKE OUR PAGE, this will mean you will see our posts

    #2 SHARE OUR POSTS, this will mean free advertising and reaching a large audience

    This is such an easy way to help your club!

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