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Dragon Boating Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

  1. Learn the safety rules, capsize drill and the water buddy system.
  2. Learn the procedures for loading, numbering off, stopping, bracing the boat, forward and backward paddling.
  3. Learn the instructions and commands issued by The Dragon Boat Racing Association.
  4. Carry out practice training sessions for a minimum of two hours. Practice a race over a distance of at least 250 metres.
  5. Take part in a competitive or timed dragon boat event over a course of at least 250 metres.

Top tips
You can use a bell boat.

! Young people must check and comply with the activity rules in chapter nine of the Policy, Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


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