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Dragon Boat

Dragon boat is an invigorating rapidly growing sport where a crew of 22 (20 paddlers, 1 steersperson and 1 drummer) race alongside other teams in dragon boats.

The University of Guelph Dragon Boat Club is a place for athletes ranging from beginner to expert paddlers to take part in this fun and exciting sport. We have opportunities for both high-caliber, committed athletes and those who just want to have fun to compete. Practices are held weekly to prep for races against other universities and teams in the summer (May - August). We have been Nationally ranked (gold and silver at Nationals) and want to get back on the podium. But don’t let that scare you, come out meet the team and try something new, or not so new, and de-stress a bit from hectic uni-life. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, engineer or aggie, everyone is welcome.

 

Our Exec Team

Co-Presidents/Captains: Sophia Hou & Jade Gracey
VP Fundraising: Vijayant Mehra
Head Coach: Katrina Kraemer
Water Coaches: Audra Nicholson and Stephanie Kazuika
Dryland Coaches: Nick Stasiak and Jeremy Vandenhazel

Fees

Club fees can be paid at Client Services in the AC or online via the links below. [2021-2022 Fees Available Sept 14]

First practice is always free. Please ensure you have paid your fees before your second practice.

  • 3-Practice Pass: $15
    Access to 3 trial practices (any combination of: on-water, dry land, pool practice, OR KayakPro Paddle Ergometer (P-ERG) use). Counts as a deposit towards the Fall Semester Full Fee (i.e. pay the remaining $35 to receive full membership). 
  • Fall Semester Full Fee: $50
    Unlimited semester access to on-water practices, studio dry land workouts, pool paddling practices, use of the UGDBC KayakPro Paddle Ergometer, Gym Buddy Program, coaching and socials      

*All clubs memberships require a prerequisite base athletics membership.  Currently enrolled, on-campus students already have this prerequisite membership during the Fall and Winter semesters.  For all other community participants and students attending classes in the summer months, a monthly base membership is required for purchase before enrolling in a club*  

Practice Time

Fall 2021: September 9th to October 22nd

  • On-Water practices:
    6:20AM-8:00AM @Guelph Lake
    Complete Membership Form to sign up for a slot

Fall 2021: October 25th to December 2nd

  • Dry Land practices:
    Thursdays 7:00-8:00AM AC3214
  • Pool practice:
    Wednesdays 8:00-9:00PM Red Pool 
  • P-ERG practice:
    The UGDBC Paddle-Ergometer (P-ERG) will be integrated into Dry Land practices throughout the semester. However, members are also permitted to book slots to practice with the P-ERG on their own time. 

Winter 2020

  • Dry Land practices:
    Thursdays 7:00-8:00AM AC3214
  • Pool practice:
    Tuesdays 8:00-9:00PM Red Pool
    Wednesdays 8:00-9:00PM Red Pool 
  • P-ERG practice:
    The UGDBC Paddle-Ergometer (P-ERG) will be integrated into Dry Land practices throughout the semester. However, members are also permitted to book slots to practice with the P-ERG on their own time. 

*Practice schedule subject to change with Covid updates. 

Fitness Testing

Fitness Testing is held three times a year:

  1. November 6th, 2021
  2. February 5th, 2022
  3. April Training Camp Testing 

Fit testing results will be combined with attendance records to determine competitive summer rosters. 

Competitions

Our typical competition season involves participation in 3-4 dragon boat festivals (regattas) in Ontario, which allows us to compete against other University teams in full dragon boats. If we are permitted to compete in Summer 2022, competition preparation will involve participation in our annual April Training Camp (week immediately following exams). Further details will be discussed at a later time. 

Higher performance athletes seeking a higher level of competitive training are encouraged to join our sister team with Pickering Dragon Boat Club 24 and Under. See http://pdbc.ca/club/under24 for details.  

 

Contact + Connect

 Send us an Email: ugdbc@uoguelph.ca

Sign Up with our Membership Form: Register

Follow us on Instagram: InstagraM
Join us on Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams
Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ugdbc 
Our events on GryphLife: https://gryphlife.uoguelph.ca/organization/dragonboat/events 
Donate to support our club: https://www.gryphonsgive.ca/dragon-boat 

 

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