Most common dragon boating questions

Partners of the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival help bring together people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities for a fun, diverse, and entertaining experience at one of BC’s largest dragon boat festivals. Partnership of this event emphasizes your involvement and support of community initiatives, multiculturalism, youth programs, and participatory sporting events.

All dragon boat events and programs have distinct properties that offer unique appeal to particular audiences. There are multiple levels of partnership available.

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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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