Dragon Boating

*Note: An orientation is required for new paddlers. CLICK HERE to register and receive more information. 

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.

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Becoming a member is free and a required first step to taking part in our programs.

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Dragon boating is a team sport that is appropriate for all fitness levels. No experience is required and equipment is provided. Because we are all moving the boat together, beginners are able to rest when needed and still stay with the group. Coaches, captains, and experienced Survivor paddlers teach and support each other.

We work hard at our practices to build the endurance and technique required to work as a synchronized unit.  A full boat consists of 20 paddlers, plus a tiller and a caller. Anyone that is interested in paddling with us is welcome. 

Racing is on hold for the 2021 season. Racing is an exciting part of the dragon boating program.  We usually participate in 3-4 races each season. Those that want to participate in races will be expected to try to make most practices. Races 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.

Our team, Survivor SAKE, paddles under the umbrella organization Seattle SAKE Paddling Club. New paddlers can join three practices before deciding to become a member of SAKE, which requires a reduced annual $90 membership fee. Scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance – contact Beatriz at operations@teamsurvivornw.org to apply.

Time and Location

Survivor SAKE practices on Saturday mornings year-round at the Leschi Marina on Lakeside Ave S in Seattle. 

Check out the Dragon Boat newletter, What’s the Catch



“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.”

Team Survivor Member

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