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.

New for 2020

In hopes to achieve year long commitment and training from our paddlers, we have opened registration for every program available for the entire 2019/2020 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, 15% off for 5 programs, and 20% off for registering for all 6 programs with PDBC.

2019-2020 Season Plan

Paddle Ergometer Training

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

First Practice: Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Last Practice: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Day & Time:
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Local Fee $420.00 (Single Sessions), $600.00 (Double Sessions)
Distance Fee $300.00

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

*All programs are limited to 25 participants

Alkame Paddle Zone - Membership

All members will receive a full weight training and cardio program, designed by our on-site personal trainers, as part of our 2019/2020 season. The Paddle Zone membership allows athletes access to all gym facilities and equipment for a 6-month period.

Dates: November 1st, 2019 – April 30th, 2020.

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, January 20th, 2020
Last practice: Monday, March 30th, 2020

Day & Time: Mondays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Cost: Local Fee $220.00, Distance Fee $160.00

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

Spring Training Week in Tampa, Florida

A 6-day training camp to kick-start your 2020 on-water season!

Dates: Recreational week is April 5th – 10th, 2020. Athletes should be prepared to travel on April 4th & April 11th, 2020.

Location: Chase Suites, 3075 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida


  • Two paddle sessions daily at 8:00am and 4:00pm
  • 2 outrigger practices and 7 dragon boat practices
  • A fun dragon boat regatta on the final day
  • 1 afternoon off and a group social Friday night
  • 2 video review sessions per athlete

Cost: $400.00 (Does not include travel or accommodations).

Due to the nature and cost involved with this event, all athletes must be registered prior to February 1st, 2020. We highly encourage all athletes to book their accommodations as soon as possible. For more information, email membership@pdbc.ca.

Summer Program

First Practice: Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
Last Practice: Thursday, August 13th, 2020

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

Two-Days/Week - Tuesday & Thursday - $440.00 (Includes 3 regattas)
One Day/Week - Wednesday OR Thursday - $280.00 (Includes 2 regattas – not available to Advanced paddlers)
One Day/Week - Wednesday OR Thursday - $150.00 (No regattas)


  • All equipment (paddles, lifejackets) coaching, and regatta fees
  • Year End Club Banquet – October 2020
  • **Pickering Community Festival June 6th & 7th 2020
  • **Hamilton Waterfest Regatta July 4th & 5th 2020
  • **Guelph Dragon Boat Challenge August 8th 2020

**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 31, 2020
  • Port Perry Regatta – Saturday, June 20, 2020
  • Christie Lake Regatta, Dundas – Saturday, September 26, 2020

Fall Paddling Program

First Practice: Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
Last Practice: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

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

Cost: $100.00

2020 Important Dates:

Annual Curling Jitney: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Season Kickoff Meeting at Alkame Paddle Zone: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Annual Golf Tournament: Saturday September 12, 2020
End-of-Season Banquet: October 17, 2020


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