Competitive Programs

OC1 and OC6

Drop In - Vancouver

Intro to Dragon Boat - Vancouver

Intro to Dragon Boat - Steveston

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Competitive Programs

The Competitive Dragon Boat Program is aimed at paddlers interested in competing at the international level. Participants will take part in both land and on-water training, including skill development, strength training, video feedback and time trials. All competitive programs are coached by nationally recognized coaches.

Senior “A” Programs (39+)


Dragon Zone is currently planning to form Senior A Mixed and Senior A Womens teams with the intent to compete in the following:

  • Canadian Nationals (Welland On, August 2017)
  • World Club Crew (Szeged, Hungary, 2018)

Weekly optional fall practices will begin on October 11th (Tuesdays at 6pm).
Practice times will change to Saturday/Wednesdays beginning in January.

As you will be representing Dragon Zone at a National and Global level, there will be offset fees for the program. These fees will need to be paid in February if you choose to try-out for the team. The team fee will be $100 along with an additional $99 if an OC1 membership is required for the participant. These fees will include coaching, practices, and participation in regattas organized by Dragon Boat BC.


  • Must be 39+ years of age
  • Prior paddling experience
  • Fit and athletic
  • Commitment to semi-weekly practices, strength and cross-training, fitness testing and time-trials
  • Commitment to a 1-2 year timeframe

If you would like to learn more, please fill out this form or email



Dragon Zone Premier

In 2017 the Dragon Zone Premier team will aim to re-claim their Gold at the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, Harrison Dragon Boat Festival and Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.

The Dragon Zone Paddling Club will represent Dragon Zone as they train to compete at the Canadian Nationals in Welland, Ontario

Divisions: Mixed, Women, Open
Season: 2016 – 2017
Dates: TBD

Participants will be provided with individualized coaching and team training in preparation for competition. The Premier team will compete in a number of Races and Regattas from January through August and it will be coached by the nationally recognized coach, Antony Chandra, who has been pre-selected for the Canadian National Premier mixed and Open teams.

Up to 5 training sessions per week comprised of gym and on-water dragon boat and OC1 sessions that will vary according to training schedule.

Program Cost:
$300 + 5% tax

*Participants are required to purchase a Dragon Zone OC1 Membership in order to participate in the Premier program. To participate or for additional program information, please email Lee Jiazheng at or at 604.688.2382.





In 2017, Eternal Dragon aims to defend its gold medal at the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, its Canadian Championship titles, and qualify to defend their World Championship titles at the 2018 Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. We also are aiming to support paddlers to reach their full potential as athletes, or to help them find a new sport that they enjoy regardless of fitness or experience. We always aim to develop a team of passionate paddlers that respect the sport, racing, and others.


Paddlers must meet Dragon Boat BC’s age category for junior paddlers. If the team races at a Dragon Boat Canada or International Dragon Boat Federation Championship, paddlers will need to meet different age restrictions. Paddlers intending on registering after the Fall intake period must contact the program to arrange for a meeting to discuss team expectations before joining the team.Commitment:

Practices begin in October with 3 sessions per week, and increase to 5-6 sessions per week in Spring including optional cross training opportunities. Practices are comprised of a mixture of land fitness, gym work, dragon boat, OC-1, and optional flatwater paddling opportunities.Program Cost:

$150 for the program.
This covers practice fees, race registration fees, team jerseys, and some team activities. Financial support is available for any paddler facing financial barriers to paddling through the Milton K. Wong Legacy Project.

Coaches/Teacher Sponsors:
All team coaches are former paddlers on the team, and have volunteered their time and expertise.

Anika Cheng Team Canada 2015 U18 | One West | Eternal Dragon: CCWC 2014, 2013 Nationals
Dominic Lai | Team Canada 2017 U16/U18 National Program Director | Eternal Dragon: 2010 Nationals
Jessica Tan | One West | Eternal Dragon: CCWC 2012
Aidan Menard | Team Canada 2015 U24 | One West | Eternal Dragon: CCWC 2014, 2013 Nationals
Shamus Menard | Team Canada 2015 U24 | One West | Eternal Dragon: CCWC 2014, 2013 Nationals

Teacher sponsors manage the program and team out of Eric Hamber Secondary School.

Judy Chan, Saiqa Mohammed, Cathy McElhone | Teacher Sponsors


OC1 and OC6



The cost to become an OC1 member is: $249 plus tax per year for adults and $149 plus tax per year for university students and $99 for high school students. To qualify for this pricing you must be a member of a Dragon Zone dragon boat team.

* OC1 are self-serve. There is an online reservation system in place

For more information or pricing for non Dragon Zone paddlers please contact



All Dragon Boat teams and paddlers who are registered in an annual dragon boat paddling program or team at the Dragon Zone Paddling Club may use the OC6’s free of charge.
To reserve an OC6 time slot on a regular basis any team may register for the use of up to 3 OC6s at a time.

The cost per boat for this program will be: $600 plus GST per boat, per year. There will be no prorated fees for teams wishing to paddle OC6 less than a year.

All teams that wish to sign up for an OC6 practice time MUST send a request email to Teams cannot hold their time slots indefinitely without prior approval.

OC6 Rules and Regulations

If there is another team looking to practice in the same time slot, all teams will share the canoes on a weekly rotation basis. If teams decide to stop paddling, they are required to inform and their time slot will be given away. If a team misses two practices in a row, it is assumed that they no longer need the time slot and it will be given to the next on line team. No reservations are allowed on the 4th canoe. It will serve as a first come first served canoe when demand of canoes are more than Dragon Zone can supply. This free program is not for teams that wish to guaranty the use of a boat(s) at the same time every week for a season. This program is in effect every season from October 1st to November 1st next year.

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Please note: 5% GST will be added to all courses and program fees.

Intro to Dragon Boat – Vancouver

Want to try out dragon boating but not sure if you are ready to commit to a team?

The Intro To Dragon Boat 4 week program is for you. New paddlers will learn everything one needs to know to join a dragon boat team. These introduction courses are very social and often people go out afterwards to a near by pub.

Held on:

  • Tuesdays 6pm
  • Fridays 6:30pm

Each program is 4 weeks long (one practice a week on Tuesday OR Friday for 4 weeks) and the practices are 1.5 hours in length. No experience is necessary!
Participant does not need to know how to swim, but all MUST wear the supplied life jacket (PFD).

Fees includes:
Coaching, all equipment and practice sessions.

Click Here to Register
Please note: 5% GST will be added to all courses and program fees.
If you are a coupon holder, create an account and register for your chosen date and then opt for “pay by coupon” method.

April 21, April 25, May 19, May 23, July 7, July 25 ,July 28, August 25, September 22$89 + 5%GST

Intro to Dragon Boat – Steveston (Adults)


Want to try out dragon boating but not sure if you are ready to commit to a team? The Intro to Dragon Boating 4 week program is for you. New paddlers will learn the fundamentals of dragon boating.

Duration: 4 weeks, 1.5 hours once a week
Start Dates: July 18 & 20
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $99 + 5% GST per person


Join a Team

Join one of the Dragon Zone Paddling Club Teams. No experience is necessary!

Have fun while meeting new people and getting in shape. Teams practice once a week. Each program is 6-8 weeks long (although you can register for both the Spring and Summer sessions together) and the practices are 1.5 hours in length.

Beginner courses are on Mondays or Wednesdays
Intermediate courses are on Mondays

Fees include:

  • Coaching
  • All equipment
  • Practice sessions
  • Registration in the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival in June (Spring Sessions) or the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival in August (Summer Session).

Participants do not need to know how to swim, but all MUST wear the supplied life jacket (PFD).

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April 24 - 6pmSpring BeginnerMonday$199
April 24 – 6pm Spring Intermediate Monday $199
April 24 – 6pmSpring and SummerBeginner Monday $349
April 26 – 6pm Spring BeginnerWednesday $199
April 26 – 6pm Spring and SummerBeginner Wednesday $349
May 8 – 6pm Spring (6 weeks only)Beginner Monday $159
July 10 - 6pm Summer (6 weeks only)Beginner Monday $159
July 10- 6pm Summer (6 weeks only)Intermediate Monday $159
July 6 - 6pm SummerBeginnerWednesday $199


Introduction to Kayaking Class
Learn all the basic of kayaking is this three-hour course. Introduction to Kayaking will give the first time paddler the fundamental skills and knowledge to paddle in protected waters within a group. Basic and intermediate paddling skills, rescue techniques, and water safety are some of the topics covered. Come ready to get wet. Equipment provided.

No experience necessary

$129 for teens and adults
$59 for kids 12 under (special courses available upon request for 12 and under)

Saturday mornings starting on April 22nd 2017 at 9:30am
Monday evenings starting on June 12th 2017 at 5:30pm

Registration: click here

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