Steveston Festival - FAQ

Most common dragon boating questions

Location: The event is located at Steveston Village, Richmond BC. Britannia Heritage Shipyard (at Westwater Drive and Railway Avenue) to Imperial Landing

* If you are using GPS or Google map, the best address to use is 4180 Bayview Street, Richmond BC. There will be a drop-off area for equipment and paddlers at this location.

Parking: Is  available at the T Homma School, which is located across the street from the Britannia Heritage Shipyard at 5180 Westwater Drive. Parking is available for a suggested donation of $5 (all proceeds to Richmond Food Bank). Parking is very limited so please plan to carpool. Please limit your parking to two spaces per team. The parking lot will open at 7:00 am precisely. When parking runs out there is also street parking nearby but please note any restrictions on the signs.

Washrooms: There will be portable toilets and hand wash stations on the site.

Ice Cold Water and packaged snacks will be available for sale from volunteers for $1 each. Proceeds support the Richmond Food Bank.

Valuables: Please leave your valuables at home. There is no-where on-site to leave them.


Q: How many people can fit in a boat?
A: Up to 20 or 24 depending on the type of boat.

Q: Do all paddlers have to wear a PFD?
A: Yes, even if they have lifeguarding skills. Teachers and staff also have to wear a PFD.

Q: How much does it cost per child, to participate in dragonboating?
A: (see fees page) $10.50 including tax for one day.

Q: What times are we allowed to book?
A: During school hours M-F, or anytime on Saturdays or Sundays depending on availability.

Q: How long is each session?
A: The whole session will be about 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes will be a safety talk on land, followed by 45 minutes of on-water instruction and 15 minutes of racing.

Q: Can parents come too?
A: If the parents are adult chaperons, they are more than welcome to join in on the fun!

Q: How much advance notice should we give you if we want to book a session?
A: At least 2 weeks notice would be appreciated so that we can find staff for your session. If your group is greater than 60 people, please give us 3 weeks notice.

Q: What are the chances of a child falling in the water?
A: This has yet to happen as dragon boats are very stable, and our trained staff will do everything in their power to keep the children safe, so long as the children abide by our safety rules.

Q: What kind of groups take part in the Youth Program?
A: Elementary school classes, secondary school classes, Grade 8 Mixers, leadership student groups, community centre clubs, ESL and international students, other sports teams, YMCA groups, and summer camps… just to name a few!

Q: What are some risks involves in dragon boating?
A: Paddling will always have an inherent risk of falling into the water. However, our trained staff do everything they can to minimize this risk, including a safety talk, having everyone wear a PFD, and a minimum of 1:10 adult to student ratio.

Other risks include slipping on the docks and hitting your thumb against the side of the boat while paddling. We ask that all participants be careful while on or near the docks and boats.

Q: Who should we contact if we would like more information?
A: For general information about, Youth and Adult programs or call 604.688.2382

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