RACING RULES & REGULATIONS

While you'll learn all the ropes on practice day, reading up on the rules and regulations will help you know what to expect.

IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION

If you have had any symptoms related to COVID-19 in the past three days or have been around someone with the virus, please do not participate. Symptoms include fever or chills, muscle or body aches, sore throat or runny/stuffy nose, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath, and/or sudden loss of taste or smell.

RACING CONDUCT

General

There should be minimal talking once your team is in the boat. The drummer and steersperson must be able to communicate with the team and each other at all times, and all team members need to be able to hear the commands. Paddles straight up in the air, blades up, if you need to draw attention to yourselves in case of emergency.

Buddy System

Make certain that each of your team members knows who is sitting beside them in case the boat swamps/capsizes, which is not a common occurrence. Teammates will be responsible for each other's safety until rescue arrives. STAY WITH THE BOAT!

Life Jackets

Everyone must wear a life jacket during practice and on Race Day.

Drummer

The drummer should attend practice, if possible. He or she will assist in setting the timing for the team and can be an excellent source of motivation and inspiration during practices and on Race Day.

How to sit in the boat

Outside hip forward

Inside hip back

Outside leg extended along the gunwale (inside top rail of the boat)

Inside foot braced effectively and comfortably

TECHNIQUE

SEVEN STEPS OF THE DRAGON BOAT PADDLING TECHNIQUE

  1. Rotation 

  2. Reach Extension

  3. Top Arm Drive (stab the water)

  4. Catch -powerfully drive the paddle into the water at approximately a 45-degree angle, burying the entire blade into the water - your hand should get wet

  5. Pull water with the entire blade until you get to just behind your knee

  6. Exit - get the paddle straight up and out of the water quickly, no further back than your hip

  7. Recovery - snap the paddle back into the paddles up position for the next catch

DRAGON BOAT PADDLING COMMANDS