A large, human-powered canoe-like vessel originating in China that is decorated with an ornate dragonhead and tail. There are typically two sizes in length, standard 12 meters or 39 feet and small 9 meters or 29 ½ feet.
A standard boat seats 20 paddlers, a drummer in the front and steersperson in the rear. A small boat seats 10 padders, a drummer and steersperson. The GCDBC has two standard and one small boat.
On the water practices start early spring and conclude mid-October (weather permitting).
We practice on the Chicago River in Lincoln Park, Lake Opeka in Des Plaines and Jackson Park Inner Harbor on the city’s South Side.
Paddle, life vest, and dragon boat.
Remember, dragon boating is a watersport so dress accordingly—shoes that fasten and quick dry fabrics.
Water bottle, sunscreen and sunglasses. A hat is also recommended.
We will fit you with a vest, paddle and have you sign a waiver form. A member of our coaching staff will guide you through a short training demonstration. You’re invited to paddle two times as our guest, free of charge. Club membership is $175 per season—excluding optional race fees.
Most races are 200 and 500 meters in distance. Some festivals hold a 2,000-meter competition.
We welcome all experience levels of paddlers and will provide opportunities that support your personal paddling goals. Anyone can join and attend practices without going to any races. We think you’ll change your mind, however.