Instead of a single row of crew members facing backwards holding a pair of oars, in dragon boating the crew sits two across facing forwards, each person holding a single-bladed paddle.
All of them! Dragon boating is a full-body sport. You'll use your upper body, core and legs. It can be demanding, especially during a race.
You do not need experience to give dragon boating a try. We are an inclusive organization. No tryouts are necessary to join a team.
Practices last 60-75 minutes. The exact schedule varies depending on which team you join.
Four of our teams practice twice a week. We have one women’s team that practices once a week.
Wear gym clothes that dry quickly and shoes you don't mind getting wet. Bring water! We have paddles for you to use, though you'll want to buy one if you join.
We do local races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and some teams travel outside the region. Depending on the team, we participate in 1 to 5 races a year.
We currently have 2 mixed (men and women) teams, 3 women’s teams, a national small-boat senior mixed team and a national large-boat senior mixed team.
Dragon boating is generally safe, but any sport carries risk. State law requires you to have a floatation device on the boat. We can lend you a life vest, but you might want to purchase an inflatable pack, which is more comfortable.
Relentless Dragon Boat Association has a COVID plan that complies with federal, state and local mandates.
In addition to our practices, we recommend specific weight training and cardio. Our coaches are happy to recommend a program for you.
Some people prefer left, some prefer right, and others switch. Both arms are involved so it doesn't depend on which is your dominant side.
Absolutely! There's a small area to watch from, but please be respectful of the space owned by The Landing restaurant.
We'll go out if the rain is light but usually not if it's heavy. If the rain starts while we're already out, we'll come back immediately if there's lightning.
Dues vary depending on whether your boat practices 1 or 2 times a week. You are welcome to try it out a few times before joining and paying dues. Contact us for additional information.