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:

Recreational Advanced – Experienced paddlers who are consistent with their attendance and attend 2 or more practices per week, and attend both indoor training and pool paddling. Spring training week in Tampa is also highly encouraged. These paddlers will compete at all three summer regattas that are included in registration. 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.

Recreational Intermediate – Experienced paddlers who are looking for more emphasis on fun and perhaps paddling with their existing friends while still maintaining their fitness level and competitive edge. They will practice one to two times a week (perhaps Wednesday morning and one evening), and attend two summer regattas that are included in registration. These paddlers may or may not attend some of the winter training/pool paddling sessions.

Recreational Novice – Made up of both experienced paddlers who are looking for more emphasis on fun, as well as new paddlers who want to learn while getting fit. Light exercise and perhaps paddling with their existing friends without the strong commitment to competition. Paddlers are committed to practicing once a week but are welcome to come to two practices per week. Fees include 2 regattas, unless you register for Wednesday morning only, which does not include any regattas.

Returning for 2021…

In hopes to achieve year long commitment and training from our paddlers, we have opened registration for every program available for the entire 2020/2021 season!

Paddlers can now register for all programming that they wish to take part in, all at the same time and receive discounted pricing. Paddlers will receive 5% off if they register for 3 programs, 10% off for 4 programs, and 15% off for all 5 PDBC training programs!

*Registration must be completed by December 31st, 2020 in order to receive multi-program discounts*

New for 2021

In order to best serve our athlete base, all Recreational PDBC members will be required to pay a non-refundable Membership Fee of $90.00. This fee will give athletes year-round access to administrative assistance, their year-end banquet ticket, as well as a customized weight training program, OC training program, and access to Zoom group workouts.

2020/2021 Season Plan

Paddle Ergometer Training

At Alkame Paddle Zone (1050 Brock Rd, unit 21, Pickering)

First Practice: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
Last Practice: Saturday, April 17th, 2021
* There will be no practices on December 22nd, 26th 29th or January 2nd.

Day & Time:
Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:10pm
Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:10am OR 11:20 – 12:30pm

Local Fee $600 (2x per week), $400 (1x per week), Distance Fee $280

*Distance pricing is only for members who live outside of the GTA and cannot attend more than 60% of practices.

*All sessions are limited to 10 athletes

Alkame Paddle Zone - Membership

Outside of team training time, complete any additional work-outs at Paddle Zone! The Paddle Zone membership allows athletes access to all gym facilities and equipment for a 6-month period.

Dates: November 1st, 2020 – April 30th, 2021 (Register in October and receive that month for FREE!)

Cost: $300.00

*Does not include the cost of group training or personal training.
*Members are welcome to train at Paddle Zone 24hrs/day, 7 days a week, except for during Team Training Sessions. Please see the Paddle Zone schedule for details.

Pool Paddling

At Afterburn Fitness (230 Nantucket Ave, Scarborough)

First practice: Monday, February 1st, 2021
Last practice: Monday, April 19th, 2021

Day & Time:
Mondays, 6:15pm – 8:15pm OR 8:15pm – 10:15pm

Local Fee $240.00, Distance Fee $170.00

*Distance pricing is only for members who live outside of the GTA and cannot attend more than 60% of practices.

Summer Program

First Practice: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Last Practice: Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Day & Time:
Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:30 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 - 11:00 am
Thursdays 6:45 - 8:30 pm

Two-Days/Week $380.00 (Includes 3 regattas)
Tuesdays Only $220.00 (Includes 2 regatta – not available to Advanced paddlers)
Wednesdays Only $90.00 (No regattas)


  • All equipment (paddles, lifejackets) coaching, and regatta fees
  • **Pickering Community Festival June 5th & 6th 2021
  • **Hamilton Waterfest Regatta July 10th & 11th 2021
  • **Guelph Dragon Boat Challenge August 7th 2021

**Regattas are based on membership type and are subject to change.

*Does not include the cost of jerseys or other apparel

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

  • Women’s Regatta at Heartlake, Brampton – Sunday, May 30, 2021
  • Port Perry Regatta – Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • Christie Lake Regatta, Dundas – Saturday, September 25, 2021

OC Rentals & Coaching

12-week OC training program designed specifically for Recreational athletes. 10:1 athlete to coach ratio.

First Practice: Monday, May 24th, 2021
Last Practice: Monday, August 9th, 2021

Day & Time:
Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm OR 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Cost: Full Program (OC Rental & Coaching) $430.00, OC Rental Only (no coached sessions) $275.00, Coaching Only (OC Owners) $180.00

Fall Paddling Program

First Practice: Monday, August 30th, 2021
Last Practice: Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Day & Time:
Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Cost: $100.00


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