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Yarra River Dragons Dragon Boat Racing Club

Introduction to Dragon Boat Racing: Free event
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YRD come and try

Click here to see what is Dragon Boating and who are the Yarra River Dragons!

  • Want to try a new and rapidly growing sport? 
  • Curious to learn the art and skill of Dragon Boat Paddling?
  • Looking to meet like-minded people, and compete in Dragon Boat racing events across Australia and the world?
  • Do you just want to get fit, and strong while enjoying the great outdoors

If you said yes, then this intro to Dragon Boat paddling course is a great place to start!

Who's it for?

All fitness and experience levels are welcome and will benefit from this course. This course is ideal for total newbies to people whose skills may have lapsed and want to revisit the fundamentals in a friendly, safe group environment.

Check out this Video to learn more about Dragon Boating and the YRD club

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What will I learn?

Over three 1-hour long Saturday sessions you will be introduced to:

1) Safe and efficient ways to warm up

2) Your teammates and the importance of teamwork in this sport

3) Your paddle and how to ensure you pick the right one

4) The fundamentals of the Dragon Boat stroke

5) Basics of racing


What's next?

Once you've successfully completed this course, you will be eligible to join our Dragon Boating club - the Yarra River Dragons (YRDs) and join us for regular training sessions and consistently build on your skills, fitness and knowledge - the best way to improve is by training regularly!

What should I bring?

All equipment, lifejackets and paddles are supplied. You will be getting wet, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing that wicks away moisture and keeps you warm if it's a cold day. There are showers and change facilities in the Boat Hub.

You can leave your bags with us on the shelves in the hub or access the lockers in the showers with a 2$ coin deposit.

  • Sport clothes in summer, sleeves and thermals in winter
  • Sport cap or beanie, depending on the weather 
  • Water shoes or flip flops/thongs (you will get wet!)
  • Sun screen
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, change of dry clothes



What the F# is Dragon Boating and who are the YRDs?

Dragon Boating is a sport that is known to have one of the warmest and supportive cultures of any sport. Our team, the Yarra River Dragons or YRDs compete in the premier age category across Victoria, Australia and in international competitions. We foster a culture of supportive development which is accessible to a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is not ID requirement. If you are younger than 16, please bring your guardian/parent with you or have them sign a waiver for your participation before attending (contact the organiser for details).You have to be an adult (+16) to participate in the event.

How do I get there?

  • Walk or by Train:
    The Community boat hub is next to the Library at the Dock. Use the merto trains to get to Southern Cross station and walk to the boat hub at 912 Collins St.

  • By Tram:
    ake the 11 or 48 tram line get to the final station at Victoria Harbor, library at the Docks

  • By Car:
    YRD Club Google maps
    .  Parking is available at 55 and 57 merchant St. next to Woollies for about 12$ flat full dy rate on Saturdays. See details here:
  • By Bike

    If you ride, you can also get to the boat hub using the same route as the cars do. Bike racks are available for you to secure your bike during the session. Ask any club member for assistance with the bike cage code.

 How can I contact the organiser with any questions?


Email or call 0449779564 for details

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. We require you to read the event conditions and sign a waiver for swimming and sport abilities. It is a free event and your friends can come and register on the spot or before the event separately. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Have questions about Introduction to Dragon Boat Racing: Free event? Contact Yarra River Dragons Dragon Boat Racing Club

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Yarra River Dragons, Dragon Boat Racing Club
912 Collins Street
Boat Hub
Docklands, VIC 3008

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