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.

Learn to Paddle Program
Tuesday or Saturday

We offer a 4 week block of basic paddle instruction to learn some skills before joining a crew.  You will be able to transition to a crew at the end of the 4 weeks.

$50 for 4 week block
Adult Drop Ins
Most Fridays at 6:00PM starting in June and July.

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/Sunset Paddle (for Club members)
Friday mornings at 6AM and Wednesdays at 6PM

Friday mornings (weather permitting) will find the early birds paddling as the sun comes up.  There is also a session Wednesday evening (weather permitting).

Recreation Crew
Thursdays at noon or Saturdays at 10

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, although you can take the Learn to Paddle 4-week program first before joining if you want some basic instruction.   There is a session on Thursdays and a session on Saturdays.  You can register for either, or if you want to go twice a week, you can register for both.  Program starts early June and goes for 10 weeks.

Blind and Partially Sighted Crew
Saturdays at 1PM

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 at info@dragonboateast.ca and ask to get put on the distribution list for communications.  Or you can sign up through the registration process.

Black Crew
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday May to October

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.  The Black team practices throughout the paddling season - from early May to early October, on Tuesdays and Thursday at both 6:15pm and 7:30pm, as well as Sundays at 10:30am.

$400(2022) for 3/wk
Gold Crew
Monday and Wednesday 6:30PM. Sunday 9AM May to October

The Gold Dragon Boat Team, coached by Tim Schaus, is a racing dragon boat team. We work hard on the water to improve fitness, paddling skills and racing skills. We support one another to improve as paddlers (from beginner level to high level) and to improve as a team. We enjoy exercising together and socializing together. The Gold Team practices three times a week (Mon, Wed at 6:30 pm and Sun at 9:00 am). There are options this year to sign up for Sunday only practicing or weekdays only (Mon and Wed) practicing.

$400(2022) for 3/wk
HRM Kids Programs
See HRM calendar

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.