Why Dragon Boat?

Dragon boat racing originated thousands of years ago in China and has taken the world by storm. It came to Australia via the WA Surf Life Saving Association in the 1980s and gained momentum as a low impact sport for the Breast Cancer Survivor community.

Dragon boat racing is popular for its fitness benefits and exciting racing. But it is much loved for the camaraderie, teamwork and community. Dragon Boat racing is the ultimate team sport, where men and women of various ages and backgrounds come together in synergy to make the boat fly!

It you'd like to learn more about the history and culture of Dragon Boating, watch this great clip from National Geographic.


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When can I try?

As Restrictions ease in Victoria, we will start to welcome new paddlers. If you would like to join us, you can register for a 1 month free trial through Dragon Pass by clicking here.  Please also Email admin@yarrariverdragons.com.au to book a slot and to find out more about our COVID safe processes. 

Our group come and try events will be starting in the New Year, so keep an eye on our social media for the latest updates.

What To Bring

  • You will be in a boat and there will be lots of splashing, so wear old sports clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet
  • A change of warm clothes and towel (we have hot showers at the Boat Hub)
  • Depending on the weather – water bottle, sunscreen, sports cap or beanie, sunglasses

What is provided:
All required equipment is provided including:

  • Boats
  • Paddle
  • PFD (Personal Floatation Device)
  • Coaching
Have Go!

What should i expect?

Look out for the sign with “Yarra River Dragons” near the boat hub and a collection of your team-mates in black and red kit. On arrival you will be greeted and shown around to the bag storage and showers. Once the (boring) paperwork is out of the way, we will kit you up with a PFD and paddle ready to warm up those paddling muscles. After warm-up there will be a safety briefing, we will teach some basics around how to hold a paddle and then take to the water to have a go!

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Where are you located?

We train from our base at the new Community Hub in Docklands, Melbourne.

If you’re taking public transport, catch tram 11 or 48, it is a 2 minute walk from the last tram stop (Stop D18). If driving, there is local parking (watch out for parking inspectors) or parking at the Woolworths car park.