​​Twisted Dragons   -   A Dragon Boat Team based in Richmond, BC

Team Type:  Recreational Mixed Seniors (55+)

Regular Season:  March to September

Winter Season:  October to February


Reason for Being

The Twisted Dragons, Richmond’s first and (so far) only senior dragon boat team came together in 2009, when Richmond hosted

the BC Senior’s Games, with dragon boating being held at the UBC Boathouse. Since then one of the team’s goals is to compete

annually in the 55+ BC Games. To get ready for the Games, we participate in races earlier in the season including some out of

town venues. The Okanagan Super Sprints in Penticton are a team favorite as well as our local Steveston Dragon Boat Festival.


Fitness / Fun / Friendly Competition!

Our goal is to have fun and make new friends, and enjoy the changing weather, scenery and wildlife on the Fraser River while

maintaining our fitness and improving our paddling techniques.


The Dragon Boat Team

Team Roster - 30 to 32 paddlers (Minimum of 12 paddlers plus a steers person required to go out on the water for a practice)

Competition Roster - Paddlers (maximum 20 in the boat) , plus a Steers person (1), plus a Caller/Drummer (1), plus 4 spares - Total 26

          

Sign Up:

Contact us at:  twisted.dragons55@gmail.com  or at  info@twisteddragons55.com for paddling opportunities.



Practices:

Twice weekly:  Wednesday 5:30 to 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:30 to noon.   To load the boat and get out on the water at start times, plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure to allow for:

  • Visiting
  • Signing in 
  • Getting a paddle and life jacket out of the shed
  • And most importantly: Warming Up!


Where: UBC Boathouse Dock:

7277 River Road, Richmond, BC

Washrooms are at the back of the community rowing bay and usually there is also access to washrooms and showers/change rooms on the second level. This is a busy facility with rowers coming in and out of the rowing boat storage bays, launching and retrieving rowing shells, and cleaning their boats. There may also be wedding rehearsals, setup and ceremonies on the dock!


What to bring

  • Water
  • Hat / Sunscreen (unscented please)
  • Sunglasses
  • Suitable paddling clothes for the season - pieces that move easily and dry quickly
  • Water shoes are not necessary.  Many paddlers practice in running shoes.  Flip-flops and other loose footwear are not recommended because they pose a tripping hazard when moving around in the boat
  • Small waterproof bag for your keys and cell phone (some dry land storage available)
  • For seat comfort: see our Lilian for a “lily pad” or a garden knee pad or strategically padded cycling shorts also work.