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Dragon boating

Dragon boating is a paddlesport using a long boat typically decorated to resemble a dragon, propelled with paddles by a large crew steered by a helm and rhythm kept by a drummer sitting on the front of the craft.

Who is it suitable for?
Suitable for Scouts to Network

Additional Information
As the governing body of the sport in the UK the British Dragon Boat Racing Association is very interested in engaging with the Scout organisation to encourage groups to participate in their national league events during the season (April to September).

There is a calendar of club and national events on the BDA website during the season

There are numerous clubs around the country who will offer training sessions along with various watersports centres with relevant facilities as well.

Badge Links
All Sections Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge
Scouts Adventure Challenge Award, Dragon Boating Activity Badge

How to run/provide dragon boating

There are 3 ways of running Dragon boating in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running dragon boating yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running dragon boating using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running dragon boating for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for dragon boating is:

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