Dragon boating

Dragon boating

Dragon boat racing involves boats that seat either 10 or 20 paddlers in a crew, with a drummer on the front and a sweep (someone who steers) on the back.  Boats usually race distances of between 200 metres and 2000 metres. 


Wear comfortable sports clothes that you don’t mind getting wet!


  • Aerobic fitness
  • Build strength especially upper body
  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Make new friends


Wear clothing you can move in and check what shoes you’ll need. Clubs will generally provide all other equipment - boats, paddles, life jackets.

Season / typical registration period

Dragon boating is an all year 'round activity. Competition season is in the warmer months from September to April.  Registration can be at any time of the year.

Approximate participation costs

The annual fee varies per state, but is generally around $200 - $300 for 12 months.  Some states offer shorter term memberships and most will allow you to try three sessions for free before you decide whether to join.

Level of competition

You can be a complete novice or social paddler, dragon boating is for people of all abilities to our clubs.  There are opportunities for those that are interested in competing at the annual Australian championships and state or even national representation as well. 

Dragon boat organisations

Australian Dragon Boat federation by state

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All state championships will be held in March, with national championships to follow in April.  See each state website for further details.

Similar options

Rowing, kayaking or canoeing.