Dragon Boat Programs

All programs are held at Graham's Grove Park in Dartmouth.  Program participants should be 18 or older. You should be there 15 minutes before the program start time.  We provide all equipment. If you are interested in more information about any of our programs, please send us an email.

Adult Drop Ins

Most Fridays at 6:00PM starting in June - see calendar below


We offer an opportunity to try dragon boat on most Friday nights during July and August.  The focus is on getting out on the water, with a little bit of technical and a little bit of fitness.   There is no previous experience required.  You are usually on the water for 30 minutes.   Minimum age of 18.  These sessions aare not intended for large groups.  For group sessions, send us an email.

Make sure you follow the Events on FaceBook, or register below.

Drop-In Calendar


Sunrise Paddle (for Club members)

Friday mornings at 6AM


Friday mornings (weather permitting) will find the early birds paddling as the sun comes up.  You are expected to have previous paddling experience. 

Sunrise Paddle Calendar

Recreation Crew


This program is a good introduction to dragon boat.  It is a weekly program, with a focus on both fitness and technical.  It is a great way to develop your skill if you want to join a competitive crew.  There is no previous experience necessary. 

Recreation Crew Calendar

Blind and Partially Sighted Crew


We offer a program for blind and partially sighted athletes.  The focus is on timing and learning to feel the boat and paddle as a crew.  Supporters are welcome.  We also provide supporters.   If you are interested, please send us an email and ask to get put on the distribution list for communications.  Or you can sign up through the Summer Registration process.

Check out this video from the AMI network https://www.ami.ca/category/ami-week-news-and-events-sports/media/dragon-boating-dartmouth

Blind and Partially Sighted Crew Calendar

Black Crew - Currently accepting new members

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening May to October

$375 (2019)

The Black Crew, coached by Albert McDonald,  is a competitive dragon boat crew that focuses on fitness and race preparation for adult paddlers  of all ages.   Practices usually consist of pieces one minute in length to six minutes in length, with occasional timed  2K and 4K pieces..  The practices take about an hour, and are fairly high intensity with two balanced crews going head to head.  Previous paddling experience is considered an asset but is not mandatory.  We encourage anyone who enjoys high intensity training to join us.   Crew members race in the DDBA Race League, the Manulife Halifax Dragon Boat Festival, and at least one away festival.  For the last few years that has been the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, in which our crew members were the Grand Champions in both the Mixed and Women's divisions. 


The Black team practices throughout the paddling season - from early May to early October, on Tuesdays and Thursday at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 5 pm.

Black Crew Calendar

Gold Crew - Currently accepting new members

Monday and Wednesday 6:30PM. Sunday 9AM May to October

$375 (2019)

The Gold Crew, coached by Tim Schaus, is a predominantly master’s (35+) racing dragon boat team with a competitive spirit and a welcoming culture. The team focuses on fitness, racing and the social aspect of being a member of a team. The Gold Crew races the maritime circuit of dragon boat festivals, one festival a year in Ontario and many members participate in the Dartmouth Dragon Boat Association Race League series.

Through the paddling season, the Gold Crew practices on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. Practices take about an hour and focus on paddling fitness, race preparation and stroke mechanics.  

2017 Gold Crew highlights: New Glasgow Festival Champions; Sydney Festival Champions, Halifax Manulife Festival championship team included 9 Gold team members

Gold Crew Calendar

HRM Kids Programs

HRM offers dragon boat as an activity through some of their summer camps.  If you are interested in kids dragon boat, contact Parks and Recreation by calling 311, or go to www.halifax.ca.

Bookings Calendar

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