Joining a Dragon Boat Team
So you think you would like to try paddling on a Dragon Boat Team in Toronto? You're in LUCK! Nothing could be easier.
There are Dragon Boat Teams of every flavour. From competitive young buff and beautiful to lily dipping for fun and companionship, there is a team for you.
Dragon Boat Team Racing or just Paddling is a very well organized sport
There are many Organizations, Associations and Governing Bodies which also help direct people to teams. Its a good place to start your search.
Dragon Boat Canada is the official governing body for the sport of dragon boat racing in Canada, and is recognized as such, internationally, by the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)
International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) is the world governing authority for dragon boating.
National Dragonboat Club A Canadian not-for-profit paddling club dedicated to the development of paddle sports, the NDC primarily focuses on the discipline of dragon boat. They operate out of Toronto's Sunnyside Pavillon in Humber Bay and oversee 150 Teams.
GWN Each year Great White North (GWN) produces over 40 dragon boat events and races raising millions of dollars for community and charitable organizations. "GWN offers start-to-finish event management services, corporate team-building experiences, social marketing initiatives, premier training camps, and equipment sales and leases. Put simply, GWN is the one-stop shop for all things dragon boat." According to their website. A good place to start if you want to paddle in a Dragon Boat Team, or just try.
If you work for a large company or organization chances are they might have a team.
Canadian Senior Dragonboat Club paddles out of Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club on Lake Shore Blvd. West.
Check out a Dragon Boat Race Event
There are countless Dragon Boat Races held every year and attending an event is a great way of connecting with possible teams. It gives you a chance of actually getting the "feel" for the Dragon Boat World. Google Dragon Boat Races in Toronto. YouTube is also well supplied with video of various events.
Many Existing Boat Clubs have Dragon Boat Teams.
TS&CC and the Boulevard Club are 2 examples. Its a pleasant ride on Martin Goodman trail in the evening. You will see many dragon Boats practicing on Lake Ontario
Corporations and Financial Institutions like to have Dragon Boat Teams
Because Corporate ethos encourages team building and bonding, and Dragon Boat Paddling does a superb job of bringing folks together, many
Dragon Boats are sponsored by big companies. Most banks and many financial institutions have their teams.
Just a few I noticed at a race in Toronto: BMO First Dragons, TD Komodo Dragons, KPMG Envy Dragons Blue Team, KPMG Envy Dragons White Team, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Dragons, TD Waterhouse, CIBC Mellon C-Monsters, RBC Golden Lions, RBC Royal Dragons, Team KRG
Charitable Not for Profit have Many Paddling Teams
Dragon Boating has been associated with charitable and ecological causes and its not surprising that many teams are of that flavour and embrace paddling as a way to fundraise or bring awareness, or even just celebrate surviving.
This is very true of the many Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat teams. Scotiabank sponsors many teams. Here are JUST A FEW Teams:
Dragons Abreast based in toronto.
Prostate Paddlers in Manitoba
Public Service have their share of Dragon Boat Teams:
Toronto Police Crime Wave, Civil Dragon, Toronto Firefighters, CSA Certified Dragons, St. John Ambulance Dragon Crusaders
Schools and Universities also Paddle Dragon Boats
IRON dragons University of Toronto Engineering Dragon Boat Team
York University has a team called: Crouching Lions, Hidden Dragons
Paddlers anonymous was started by U of Waterloo students
University of Western Ontario has a team
Many Private Companies and Corporations will have a team or sponsor one
Gap Adventures and CN Aquatrain are 2 examples.
Health institutions and Hospitals are well represented in The Dragon Boat Paddling WorldNaturopathic Current Diagnostic Destroyers
Bloorview Kids Rehab
St Michael's Wings on Water
Toronto Grace Health Centre,Grace On Fire