Dragons Capsize!

We all know that it COULD happen and we had a vague sort of plan about checking for our buddies and blowing a whistle but I don’t think any of us really knew what it would feel like to capsize and how we would react and if we would know what to do!! So on Saturday...

Training Techniques

The biggest challenge of dragon boating is managing synchrony. Since there is no gym exercise for building synchrony, teams that spend more time practicing on water tend to have an advantage.   PaddlingSome teams that emphasize stroke rate might put their...

Flower Ceremony 2017

The flower ceremony has become an important tradition in breast cancer survivor Dragon Boating. On our first paddle of the season, we come together to remember the Dragons who we have lost but whose spirit lives on in each of us. Sally, our helm, took the opportunity...

Awakening the Spirit of the Dragon

Each year we honour the ancient Chinese tradition of dragon boat racing with an Eye Dotting and Dragon Blessing Ceremony. The climax of the ceremony is the eye dotting ritual, which officially awakens the Dragon. Ancient Chinese dragon mythology has it that the Dragon...

Flower Ceremony

The breast cancer flower ceremony is a tradition that has become a major part of dragon boat festivals. In 1997, a breast cancer survivor team in Vancouver carried pink carnations with them as a sign of hope for a fellow teammate who had recurrence of the disease....

The beginning…..

Port Edgar Dragons – or, as we were then, Paddlers for Life Scotland South East – was formed in early 2010 in response to a call out from Andrina Gordon who, having tried dragon boat paddling on Windermere, was keen to launch a group in Scotland. It took a few months...