If you are looking for a team activity that allows you to get away from it all without leaving the city, get a total body 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 in the world.
You do not have to be a super athlete to paddle a dragon boat; while it is a vigorous sport, anyone can learn.
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. All races are optional, but encouraged.
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 $75 fee is required for the annual membership fee to the Club Sake Dragon Boat Club. Some scholarships are available. No other equipment is necessary. Personal floatation devices (PFDs) and paddles are provided.
Time and Location
Survivor Sake practices on Tuesdays and Saturdays from April through September at the Leschi Marina on Lake Washington Blvd in Seattle. During the rest of the year we practice with Club Sake.
“I joined TSNW just a few weeks after I finished treatment. I felt so fragile and the women I met just understood what I been through. During my first class, they made me laugh about having no hair. I have been out of treatment for over 7 years now and am happy to say that I am stronger than I was before I was diagnosed. I am so proud to be on a Dragon Boat team with four women in their 80s who inspire me to keep at it so that I can have an old age and be like them. We don’t talk about having a positive attitude. The members just live it.”Lisa