Youth and Children Paddling Programs

Building community through paddling dragon boat, kayak and canoe.

Dragon Zone Paddling Club believes that all kids should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of sport. We are proud to support youth activity in sport, regardless of background or ability. Click here to find out more about the Milton K. Wong Legacy Project. Since we started our youth programs, we’ve taken more than 20,000 children and youth out on the water and developed after-school, school-time, and even a youth regatta full of excitement and the fun of competition. We understand the importance and benefits of youths taking part in organized sport and wanted to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn skills that are important, both on the water, and in life as well.

Note: Waivers must be signed by parent or guardian for youth under 18

Dragon Boat

Drop-In Dragon Boat Sessions OR 4 week Intro to Dragon Boat (Ages 12-18)

Drop-In sessions provide you with a unique chance to get out on the water and try the exciting sport of dragon boating. The Intro to Dragon Boating 4 week program gives you the chance to try out dragon boating and learn the fundamentals of paddling.

Duration: 1.5 hours, 0ne time only or 1/week for 4 weeks
Dates: TBA
Time: 4:30 pm
Cost: $15 per session + 5% GST OR $49 + 5% GST

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Youth/School Group Dragon Boat Paddling Experience

This program is for youth who want to try out a fun and rewarding experience on the water. Activities on water will introduce youth to paddling, and include coaching and equipment. All fitness levels are welcome. Please click here for more information on our school and youth group programs (minimum of 16 paddlers required for school groups or youth private events. Please contact us for bookings at

Summer Paddling Camps (Ages 8 to 12)

Summer Paddling Camps (Ages 8 to 12)

Our summer camps are a great summer activity that gets youth active on the water in the heart of Vancouver! Participants will learn everything from boat and equipment safety, to basic paddling mechanics in stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), dragon boats, canoes, and kayaks while building up their confidence on the water. It’s a great program for making new friends, and could be the beginning of a new life of fun on the water.

All day camp staff have undergone first-aid and NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) training. Our staff will create a fun environment where participants will enjoy team building activities on land and on water. With a low staff to camper ratio, our emphasis is on fun, safety, and participation.

Located in the heart of Vancouver in the Olympic Village, Dragon Zone is just minutes away from Canada and Expo Line Skytrain stations, and is conveniently located along the seawall.

Participants are expected to bring their own lunches, snacks, and water bottles. Hats, sunscreen and swimming-appropriate clothing are highly recommended. We will provide all boats, paddles, and life jackets. In case of inclement weather, paddling activities will be replaced by land activities

Duration: 5 days (Monday to Friday) except weeks of July 3-6 (Canada Day) and August 7-10 (BC Day)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Camper Drop Off: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Camper Pick Up: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Fees: TBA + 5% GST

*Canada Day and BC Day week fees will be prorated (4 week days only)

For more information please email

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Youth Flatwater Group Training (Ages 12-18)

9-Week Flatwater Group Training – Canoes, Outriggers, Kayaks
(Ages 12-18)

This is program teaches beginners how to get started with the exciting sport of Olympic Sprint Canoe and Kayak. Perfect for the competitive individual, paddlers will learn how to build confidence and speed in a variety of individual and team sprint boats inside the calm and sheltered waters of False Creek. Athletes will progress to sprint training by the end of the 9 week program.

Our state of the art paddling facility boasts the largest boat houses and docks of any club in Vancouver. We are quickly building a large sprint fleet and are looking for athletes who want to learn to compete at a local and provincial level. Our experienced NCCP Level 2 certified coaches will create an environment which promotes competition, and facilitates effective learning.

With a full 500m race course of sheltered calm water, brand new paddling facilities, and a convenient location near both the Skytrain and Canada Line, we’re the perfect club for high school students across Vancouver to learn a new sport and take their athletics to the next level. Join our team and be a part of Western Canada’s fastest growing club.

Duration: 9 weeks – from July 3rd to September 1st
When: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Time: Monday and Wednesday 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: Single – $360 +5% GST

For more information please email

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