What are we hoping to achieve

One-Time On Water Dragon Boat Paddling Experience

Drop-In Sessions

Intro to Dragon Boating (Age 12 to 18)

5-Day Summer Camp for Kids (Age 8 to 12)

9-Week Flatwater Group Training (Age 12-18)

PADDLING PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Building community through paddling dragon boat, kayak and canoe.

The Dragon Zone Paddling Club believes that all kids should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of sport.

WHAT WE ARE HOPING TO ACHIEVE

Since the the inception of our 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.

Did you Know:

$13 will give a child-at-risk the chance to experience what it’s like to be paddling in a boat, and provide a healthy and delicious lunch.

$100 will take 10 children paddling for the afternoon.

$250 will sponsor a youth team’s entry into the Dragon Zone Youth Regatta.

$1000 will pay for 5 children to attend one week of summer paddling camp.

$1500 will cover the cost of a youth dragon boat team for a season, including coaching, a team jersey and all equipment.

Click here to find out more about the Milton K. Wong Legacy Project.

One-Time On Water Dragon Boat Paddling Experience

This program is for youth who want a fun and rewarding experience on the water. Activities start with basic paddling and end with fun races. All fitness levels are welcome.

*There is a minimum of 16 paddlers required for school groups or youth private events. Please contact us for bookings at info@dragonboatbc.ca

Duration: 1.5 hours
When: Bookings available Tuesdays or Thursdays
Cost: $10 plus 5% GST per youth

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

Drop-In Sessions

Drop-In sessions provide you with a unique chance to get out on the water and try the exciting sport of dragon boating.

Duration: 1.5 hours, One time only
Dates: July 7, 25, 28 / August 25 / September 22
Time: 4:30 pm
Cost: $10 per session + 5% GST

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

Click here to register

Intro to Dragon Boating
(Age 12 to 18)

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
Dates: July 7, 25, 28 / August 25 / September 22
Time:
4:30 pm
Cost: $49 + 5% GST per person

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

For more information please email info@dragonboatbc.ca

Click here to register.

 2-Hour Intro To Flatwater (2days)

Curious about flatwater sports but not ready to commit? Our Intro to Flatwater program offers two sessions during the week to learn the basics of paddling mechanics and how to balance in challenging boats

Duration: 2 days, 2 hours each day
Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 29 / June 5
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Cost: $20 per session + 5% GST

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

For more information please email flatwater@dragonboatbc.ca

Click here to register.

5-Day Summer Camp for Kids
(Age 8 to 12)

Our summer camps are a great summer break activity. Participants will develop confidence in paddling a variety of boats, and learn everything from boat and equipment safety to basic paddling mechanics using Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUPs), dragon boats, sprint canoes and kayaks. It’s a great program for making new friends, and could be the beginning of a new life of fun on the water.

All of our day camp staff are First-Aid certified, and NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) trained. The NCCP training includes ethics and fair coaching skills, as well as how to coach water sports safely. Our staff will create a fun environment where participants will enjoy team building activities on land and on water. With a low coach to paddler ratio, the emphasis of the camp is on fun, water safety, and participation.

Located in the heart of Vancouver, our club is nestled in the peaceful and newly developed Olympic Village neighbourhood. We are on the seawall, just minutes away from the Canada Line, and Skytrain.

Participants are expected to bring their own lunches, snacks, and water bottles. Also hats, sunscreen and swimming-appropriate clothing are highly recommended. All boats, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. If the weather conditions are not safe, then paddling will be replaced by land activities. Drop your kids off starting at 8:30am, and pick them up from 3:30pm to 4:00pm.

Duration: 5 days (Monday to Friday)
Dates: Starting on July 3rd, 2017
* Due to a statutory holiday, July 31st – August 4th program will be 4 days  (prorated fees)
Time: 8:30 to 3:30 pm
Cost: Single $220+ 5% GST

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

 For more information please email flatwater@dragonboatbc.ca

Click here to register.

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

This is an excellent program for beginners to learn the exciting sport of Olympic sprint Canoe and Kayak racing. Perfect for the competitive individual, you’ll learn how to go fast, and race like a pro on Vancouver’s top race course. Paddlers will have the freedom to explore the calm and sheltered waters of East False Creek. There will be open dock sessions held weekly, where athletes can experiment with team boats in a low-pressure environment. During the team’s 9 weeks of training, athletes will start off with the basics of the sport, and progress to sprinting and efficiency as their skill increases.

Our paddling facility is the newest in Canada, and boasts the largest boat houses and the highest quality 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.

Overall, our club is the best place for motivated beginners. 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

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

For more information please email flatwater@dragonboatbc.ca

Click here to register.

 

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