Dragon boating is the world’s fastest growing water sport. Dragon boats have been popular for centuries in Asian countries and in recent years have been celebrated in festivals around the world. In the U.S., you’ll find dragon boats on the water from Boston and Philadelphia to Tampa Bay, Seattle and Austin…and now in Oklahoma City.
Originating from Chinese fishing vessels, these festive boats are decorated with fierce dragon heads, colorful bodies and elaborate tails. The longest boats measure 18 meters long, are almost the length of a large metro bus and carry a team of 20 paddlers plus a drummer! Smaller boats carry teams of 10 paddlers and a drummer.
Dragon boating can be purely recreational or a highly competitive sport. Races are usually 250 to 1,000 meters in length. A seasoned dragon boat crew will have a rate of 70 to 80 strokes per minute and rumor has it, a world-class dragon boat crew can actually pull up a water skier!
Join a Team
Interested in forming a team? Find out more about the new RIVERSPORT Dragon Boat League. [learn more]
Bring a Group
Schedule our dragon boats for your youth group, as a great activity for family reunion or as a team-building activity for your staff. Cost: $125/hr for a 11 person boat; $200/hr for a 21 person boat. Contact us by email or call (405) 552-4040 to learn more.
“Challenge the Dragon” Team Building
“Challenge the Dragon” combines a fun dragon boat outing with a unique team-building experience in a two or four hour session. Great for church youth, seniors or any group wanting a unique experience. Fun and easy to learn, dragon boating offers many natural “team building” opportunities and its rich history provides an additional layer in the meaning behind the sport. Contact us by email or call (405) 552-4040 to learn more or schedule a date.
Wise Dragons for Seniors
“Wise Dragons” is a new senior dragon boating experience that meets at 11a on Wednesdays from May to October. It’s a sport that’s easy to learn for all ages and all levels of physical ability. You’ll paddle in either a 10 or 20 person dragon boat, a large canoe outfitted with a dragon head and tail. Paddlers sit on comfortable bench seats and paddle down the river to the beat of a drum. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and all equipment, including PFDs, is provided. Bring a group of friends or sign up on your own. You’ll make lots of friends and have a great time on the water!
Contact us by email or call (405) 552-4040 to learn more.