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.

Our registration system is designed to categorize our athletes in order to create crews of like- minded paddlers. When registering, please follow the following guidelines; Athletes will register as either Over 50 (older than 50 years in age) or Under 50 (between the ages of 25 and 49) and then use the following criteria:

Advanced: Experienced paddlers who are consistent in their attendance and attend 2 practices a week. These individuals will also attend winter training (indoor paddling and pool paddling). 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: Paddlers with some experience 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. These paddlers may or may not attend some of the winter training/pool paddling sessions.

Beginner: These athletes are new to the sport of dragon boat. An emphasis will be placed on developing technique, improving fitness and creating a competitive edge for racing.

New for 2022: Hana Nui Red

Hana Nui is a Hawaiian reference meaning hard work. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for paddlers between the ages of 25 - 49 years to continue their development as athletes and team mates. It is the first time that PDBC is offering a Recreational/Intermediate crew specifically for this age group.

Returning for 2022…

In hopes of achieving a year long commitment and continuous training from our paddlers, we have opened registration for every program available for the entire 2021/2022 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 5 or more PDBC training programs!

*Registration must be completed by December 31, 2021 in order to receive multi- program discounts*

Membership Fee

In order to best serve our athlete base, all PDBC Recreational 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 variety of customized to paddlers workout programs. Membership fee is not eligible for the pricing discount.

2021/2022 Season Plan


Please note to participate in any program, athletes must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19

Indoor Training:

Paddle Ergometer Training

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

OVER 50 Athletes
Day & Time:
First Practice: Saturday, October 30th
Last Practice: Saturday April 16th
9 - 10:30 am OR 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
No sessions: December 25th, January 1st, April 9th

UNDER 50 Athletes
Day and Time:
First Practice: Tuesday November 2
Last Practice: Tuesday April 5th
6 - 7:30 pm.
No session: December 28th

Cost: Local Fee $460.00 Distance: $325.00
*Distance pricing is only for members who live outside of the GTA and cannot attend more than 60% of practices.

Alkame Paddle Zone - Membership

The Paddle Zone membership allows athletes access to all gym facilities and equipment for a 6-month period.

Dates: November 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022

Cost: $330.00 (Register in October and receive that month for FREE!)
(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.

Pool Paddling

At Afterburn Fitness (230 Nantucket Ave, Scarborough)
First practice: Monday, January 24th, 2021
Last practice: Monday, April 11th, 2021

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

Cost: Local Fee $250.00, Distance Fee $175.00
*Distance pricing is only for members who live outside of the GTA and cannot attend more than 60% of practices.

Outdoor Training:

Dragon Boat Summer:

First Practice: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Last Practice: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Day & Time:
Monday: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 – 11:00 am
No practice: July 18 – 25, August 17 – 18

Cost: Two-Days/Week $450.00 (Includes 3 regattas)
Wednesday Only $340.00 (Includes 3 regattas)
Thursday Only $135.00 (No regattas)


  • All equipment (paddles, lifejackets) coaching, and regatta fees
  • **Pickering Community Festival June 4th & 5th, 2022
  • **Hamilton Waterfest Regatta July 9th & 10th, 2022
  • **Guelph Dragon Boat Festival August 13th, 2022
**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 29th, 2022
  • Port Perry Regatta – Saturday, June 18th, 2022
  • Christie Lake Regatta, Dundas – Saturday, September 24th, 2022

Dragon Boat Fall:

First Practice: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Last Practice: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Day & Time:
Tuesday: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $40.00

OC Rentals & Coaching

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

Tuesdays: May 3 – June 21, 2022 and August 2 – August 30, 2022
*No coached sessions in July, No practice August 16, 2022

Thursdays: May 5 – June 23 and August 4 – September 1, 2022
No coached sessions in July, no practice on August 18

Day & Time:
Tuesdays: 6:00pm – 7:30pm OR 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursdays: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Cost: Full Program (OC Rental & Coaching) $450.00
Coaching Only (OC Owners) $200.00
Boat Rental Only: $275.00

Additional Training:

Zoom Workouts:

Athletes can choose to participate in a weekly training program offered through Zoom. This will be led by a certified CanFitPro instructor. It will be tailored to the needs of dragon boat athletes. A minimum of 10 people is required for this program. Zoom Workouts are not eligible for the pricing discount.

Schedule: November 4, 2021 - March 17, 2022

Day & Time:
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $100.00


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If you have any questions, please contact membership@pdbc.ca or nljones@rogers.com.