PDBC Recreational Program

The Recreational Program at PDBC is designed for athletes of all ages. We strive to help everyone achieve a dragon boat experience that suits their own specific fitness and exercise goals.
To facilitate this, the Recreational participants will be divided into crews of like- minded paddlers:

Advanced – experienced paddlers who are consistent with their attendance at two evening on-water practices per week throughout the season. They would have the desire to work hard, improve paddling skills and be prepared to paddle outside their comfort zone to achieve personal and team goals.

Intermediate – experienced paddlers who are looking for more emphasis on fun and perhaps paddling with their existing friends while still maintaining the competitive edge.

Development - consisting of new paddlers and those who are looking for a less strenuous workout regime, perhaps practice only once a week or infrequently 2x/week, but still enjoy the exercise, camaraderie and social aspect of being out on Frenchman’s Bay with 19 of their closest friends and new friends!

2018-2019 Season Plan

Fall Program:

At Alkame Paddle Zone, 1050 Brock Rd, Unit 20, Pickering
Saturday morning 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Start October 20, end December 22)
Tuesday evening 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Start October 16, end December 18)
Cost $200

Winter Program

At Alkame Paddle Zone, 1050 Brock Rd, Unit 20, Pickering
Saturday morning 9:00 am-10:30 am OR 10:30 am–12:00 pm (Start Jan 5, off March 2, end April 20th) OR Tuesday evening 7:30 pm–9:00 pm (Start Jan 8, end April 16th)
Cost $300

*All programs are dependant on sufficient registration

Pool Paddling

At Afterburn Fitness, 230 Nantucket Blvd, Scarborough
First Practice: February 10th 2019
Last Practice: April 14th 2019
Sundays 9:00 - 10:00 am OR 10:00 - 11:00 am
Cost $200

Summer Program

First Practice: Tuesday April 30 2019
Last Practice: Thursday August 15 2019
Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:30 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 - 11:00 am
Thursdays 6:45 - 8:30 pm

Cost: 2 practices/week - $420 includes HST
1 practice/week - $260 includes HST


  • Pickering Community Festival June 1 & 2nd 2019
  • Montreal Challenge July 6 & 7th 2019
  • Guelph Dragon Boat Challenge August 10th 2019
  • Ability to use equipment for practices (e.g. paddle and life jacket)

Optional Regattas (not included in registration -- pay separately)

  • Women’s Regatta at Heartlake, Brampton - Sunday May 26 2019
  • Christie Lake Regatta, Dundas - Saturday September 21 2019 (TBD)

Fall Paddling Program

First Practice: Monday August 19 2019
Last Practice: Wednesday October 16th 2019
6:30 - 8:30 pm -- adjusted for earlier dusk in September
Cost: $200 includes HST

2019 Important Dates:

Annual Curling Jitney: Saturday January 12, 2019
March 2nd Kickoff Meeting at Alkame Paddle Zone
Spring Training Camp, Tampa Florida: April 14 -19, 2019
Annual Golf Tournament: Saturday September 14, 2019
End-of-Season Banquet: October 19, 2019


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If you have any questions, please contact danielle.albers@pdbc.ca or nancy.jones@pdbc.ca