Dragon Boating

Dragon Boat Festival Image

If you are looking for a team activity that allows you to get away from it all without leaving the city, get a tremendous workout, and enjoy the camaraderie of a great group of  women, come out and see what dragon boating is all about and why it continues to be the fastest growing water sport worldwide.

History of Dragon Boating

In 1999, Club SAKE paddler Hong Ho wanted to expand the Seattle team’s mission and memorialize her mother who had died of cancer. She called Team Survivor Northwest to offer Club SAKE’s assistance in starting a dragon boat team of women cancer survivors. About ten enthusiastic survivors and volunteers showed up that August. Today, the program has over sixty women survivors on the active roster!

Dragon Boating Season

Our main season runs from the first week in April through September. A small, but growing number of us are paddling year round. During the main season, we practice two times per week at the Leschi Marina on Lake Washington Blvd in Seattle.

Dragon Boat paddling is a great activity that gets you outside and keeps you in the company of some wonderful people!  New paddlers are always welcome.

For more information or to be put on the Dragon Boat interest list, contact our Outreach Manager in the TSNW office at outreach@teamsurvivornw.org or (206)732-8350.


Dragon boating is a team sport and requires a higher level of commitment than other programs. A full boat consists of 20 paddlers, plus a tiller and a caller.  We work hard at our practices to build the endurance and technique required to work as a synchronized unit.   Anyone that is interested in paddling with us is welcome. There’s no requirement to participate in races, but those that want to participate in races will be expected to try to make most practices.  Your commitment to the team will help achieve our team fitness and race performance goals.

You can ‘try out’ paddling three times before making a commitment to join the team. A $60 fee is required for the annual membership fee to the Club Sake Dragon Boat Club. No other equipment is necessary. Personal floatation devices (PFDs) and paddles are provided.


Racing is an exciting part of the dragon boating program.  We usually participate in 3-4 races each season. They are all-day events, usually on Saturdays. Most of the races are in the Puget Sound area, but we often select one overnight race each season at a bigger festival in locations such as Portland, Vancouver, or Victoria.

One of the most popular races of the season is the annual Celebrating Life! Dragon Boat Festival, a fundraising event for TSNW.   Read all about us in  the 2010 Seattle Times article covering the Celebrating Life! Dragon Boat Festival.

Interested? Here are a couple of videos on dragon boating:

How to Paddle a Dragon Boat

2007 Dragon Boat World Champions – 500m Finals

For more information contact our Outreach Manager in the TSNW office at (206) 732-8350 or outreach@teamsurvivornw.org.