Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club is a growing club with a team of paddlers who train twice a week and at the same time we have fun and aspire to get fit with the intent to bring home those trophies for Bundaberg.
Our aim is always to enjoy the sport of Dragon Boating, while encouraging and assisting our members to achieve their individual goals of fitness and competition. We have members who can't wait for the next training session and to compete in regattas and other members who come down on a Sunday morning just for the exercise .It doesn't matter if you're interested in the competition or the camaraderie, come down and experience the thrill of Dragon Boating.
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Dragon boating is one of the oldest sports in the world today originating over 2,000 years ago in the Southern Provinces of China. The modern sport of Dragon Boating consists of a long canoe (approx 12 metres) and narrow canoe style boat used in the team paddling sport.
The standard crew 22, comprising 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, one drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers and one steerer or sweep at the rear of the boat
The drummer or a caller leads the crew throughout a race with the
rhythmic beating of a drum to indicate the timing and frequency of
paddling strokes (that is, the cadence, picking up the pace, slowing
the rate, etc.)
The paddlers sit facing forwards, and use a specific type of paddle.
The leading pair of paddlers, called "strokes," set the
pace for the team.
The sweep, known also as the coxswain, helm, steersman,
steersperson, steerer, or tiller, controls the dragon boat with a
steering oar similar in function to a tiller, which is mounted at the
rear of the boat.
If you would like more information about the fastest growing sport in the world please look up the Queensland Dragon Boat Federation site qdbf.com.au