Faq

What is a dragonboat?

Measuring up to almost 12 meters in length and 1 meter in width, the flat-bottomed dragonboat is highly stable. It consists of a main body, a dragonboat head and a tail at the back of the boat. Traditional dragon boats are constructed of wood, while newer boats are often made of fiberglass or a combination of both materials.

How safe is a dragonboat?

Due to the size and design, dragon boats are very stable, making them highly suitable for beginners. It is highly unlikely that the boat will capsize. Nevertheless you will be provided with a Personal Flotation Device for safety reasons.


Do I need to be an experienced paddler to participate?

No, you do not need to be an experienced paddler to participate. In fact, most of our participants had never picked up a paddle before their first team practice.

Do I need to be a strong athlete to participate?

Unless on medical advice, dragon boat paddling is suitable for most beginners regardless of age, gender or religion. The Breast Cancer Foundation has a Dragon Boat Programme since 2003. Recently there was a dragonboat event specially organized for the visually handicapped.

Do I need to be able to swim?

You do not need to be able to swim to join. All paddling training is supervised by experienced coaches/facilitators. Water safety instructions will be given before boarding the boats. All paddlers are issued with and must wear life jackets while on the water.

How many people do we need to form a team?

Each team is comprised of 10-20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson.

What should I wear and bring?

Changing/shower facilities are available at the Kallang Water Sports Centre or the National Stadium which is within walking distance. You should wear clothing that does not constrict your movement. Long/short-sleeved t-shirts, bikini top and shorts/sweat pants are examples of suitable clothing. Muslim women can choose to wear their headgear and long-sleeved shirts with pants when paddling. Slippers are appropriate footwear. Also recommended are sunscreen lotions. You are most likely to get wet, so bring a towel, shower equipment and a change of clothes.

Would I get tanned or sun burnt?

Paddling is conducted in the morning to minimize sun exposure. However, we do recommend that paddlers apply sunscreen, and carry a water bottle. Most people choose to wear short sleeves/bikini,but long sleeves of a breathable material can also be worn.

Where can I leave my belongings?

Lockers are available at the Kallang Water Sports Centre; a single SGD$1 coin for single use. It is recommended that you have someone to watch your belongings. Please note that we will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

What safety precautions are in place?

All participants must wear a Personal Flotation Device (provided). Our experienced facilitators are at hand for any emergencies. The Kallang Water Sports Centre is just next to the Police Coast Guard HQ.

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