Dragon Boat Training - Colorado

06/14/2022 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM MT


Sloan's Lake
4701 W Bryon Pl
Denver, CO 80212
Building Number: Parking Lot, Ranger Office


Dragon boat practice at Sloans Lake in Denver, CO. All abilities welcome. Come experience the power of dragon boating! Join the team and learn to paddle. *REGISTRATION REQUIRED* This event is weather permitting - if you do not register in advance, you will not be notified of practice cancellations.



This event is weather permitting - if you do not register in advance, you will not be notified of practice cancellations

Practices: Tuesdays at Sloans Lake

Adaptive Adventures' Team Blue is excited about the 2022 dragon boat season! If you are interested in being part of the fastest growing watersport, enjoy being part of a team, and are willing to commit to training and competing- this may be the sport for you! Prior dragon boat experience is not necessary, but a commitment to your team, training, fun, and adventure IS. We invite you to register for the 2022 dragon boat family.

We will continue running training sessions each Tuesday evening through September (weather permitting). 



Must be able to self-transfer up or down by 12+ inches; swimming skills recommended; must be comfortable in close confines with other athletes in narrow seating; must be 18 years or older to participate. We will be practicing safe social distancing while in our boats. Please see our COVID-19 Return To Play Plan for more information on the guidelines that we will be following. 

Sign Our 2022 Waiver

What to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Raingear
  • Change of clothes (just in case)
  • Paddle (if you have your own)


This year we will have two different time sessions to allow all registered participants and volunteers to participate in the event. Please only register for one session.

Session 1- 5:00-6:00 PM MST

Session 2- 6:15-7:00 PM MST

What is Dragon Boat Racing?

Dragon Boating- a sport founded in China over 2000 years ago, started as an international sport in 1976 in Hong Kong. It has worldwide participation of over 50 million competitors.  Dragon boats are fast, powerful, and recognized for the camaraderie, strength, and endurance fostered amongst the team members. 

The crew for the Hong Kong class dragon boat is typically 22, made up of 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow (front) of the boat; 1 'drummer' or 'caller' at the bow facing toward the paddlers who creates the heartbeat and rhythm of the boat; and 1 'sweep' (steerer) standing at the rear of the boat controlling its track.

Benefits of Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon Boat racing is a fun team-building activity and participating in a dragon boat event can benefit people with disabilities, warriors, family, caregivers, and others in numerous ways.

  • Dragon Boating creates an inclusive environment.
  • People of all ages and fitness levels can participate.
  • The nature of the sport emphasizes unity and working together.
  • Driving towards the finish line produces energy, enthusiasm, and motivation.
  • Paddlers communicate by cheering each other on.
  • The sport encourages leaders to move to the forefront.
  • Twenty paddlers in one boat = increased camaraderie. 

Dragon boat races feature an exhilarating combination of premier sports competition in concert with an entertainment showcase for corporations, community organizations, and families.  This is your opportunity to be at the forefront of representing people with disabilities and their supporters.

How will you train?

Expect to progress in your skills learning how to paddle efficiently and effectively with your new unit, into phases of endurance, and taking this new fitness and family into your at-home life. Together, we will learn how to improve our fitness, canoe stroke, power, and ability to feel the hull of that dragon boat move with speed and stealth.  

You will need to sign a contract of commitment that states you will be able to attend 90% of the sessions. If our team places well, we can qualify to continue to further events out of state. 

Our team coach and mentors will provide the resources and skills necessary to reach the highest levels. Our head coach has worked in China as a national team canoe instructor and has worked across the world helping veterans, those with disabilities, and many others find Olympic development opportunities and help identify a team's greatest potential.  We will also have multiple others assisting in the development of this team. We are a family! 

*Please Note* Participants must be able to follow directions and effectively communicate with or without assistance provided by themselves to be eligible for Adaptive Adventures programs

For questions, contact Chris Wiegand at: wiegand@adaptiveadventures.org



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