Group Paddling Experiences

 

A Brief History of Dragon Boating:

Dragon boats originated in china and the boats are originally made from wood. They have 10-50 paddlers depending on the size of the boat, 1 drummer and 1 sweep/steersman on a boat. The drummer keeps the paddlers synchronized like a conductor in an orchestra, but is thought of as the heartbeat of the dragon. These boats were used in races and in traditional festivals. During festivals decorative dragon heads are placed on the boat. During races these heads are taken off as they are not needed. In the first Dragon boat races, around 2500 years ago, (around the time of the Greeks started the Olympics), the crew on each ship would hit other paddlers on other boats with bamboo or throw stones at them. If any boat was to capsize onlookers wouldn’t help. If anyone drowned or was killed it was taken as a sacrifice to the dragon.

 

GROUP DRAGONBOATING EXPERIENCE – SAMPLE ITINERARY

9:00 am
Arrive at the Pitt Meadows Paddling Club
  • Introductions and Safety Talk
 9:15 am

Prepare to paddle!

  • Get outfitted with paddles, PFDs, etc.
  • Organize participants into groups
9:30 am
Begin loading dragon boats
 9:35 am
Paddling begins!
  • While out on the water, participants will be introduced to the technical aspects of dragon boat paddling
  • Instructors will lead participants in a number of fun paddling games
  • The paddlers will likely enjoy sightings of many local animals, fish and plants. Keep your eyes peeled - you never know what you will see!
10.35 am
Return to the club dock.
  • Unload the boats, stow paddles and PFDs
10:45 am
Group Debrief, Sharing and Reflections
11:00 am
Goodbyes!

 

For group bookings and further information please contact us at info@pmpc.ca.