Get on the (Dragon) Boat
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Why it’s Time you Introduced Dragon Boating to your Rowing Club
If you’re a club in need of members, finances or something new to peak interests and re-inspire rowers, it’s time you were introduced to a sport that breathes fire: dragon boating. Below we have some awesome blog posts that will do just that. Firstly, let’s talk about how Dragon Boating can save your Rowing Club Finances.
Firmly established in the boating world and growing with popularity, dragon boats are seen far beyond the waterways of Hong Kong. They’re visually attractive vessels propelled by the power of 22 members. This makes dragon boating a fantastic team sport – far better than double sculling if you’re looking to make a few friends. Additionally, it just takes a few simple calculations to realise that with each crew you can add an additional 20+ members to your club – at roughly £300 a pop imagine how many scullers you’d have to sign up to make up those numbers!
Due to these high returns, dragon boating will pay for itself and its mechanical storage in as little as ONE YEAR, which makes it a safe investment to keep your club flourishing.
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When you consider that a single dragon boat carries enough people for two soccer teams – there’s no question that we’re dealing with a unique sport for rowers, which needs to be treated differently than your double sculls. Below we have some helpful articles for boat club managers about dragon boating, from safety protocol to stretching, teamwork, equipment and finances.
Dragon boating is unique and therefore carries its own safety guidelines. Your own guidelines should be related to your club specifically, your location – waterways and the kind of weather patterns that you get. However, some things are universal to all clubs. Take a read of these safety rules and see if there’s any overlap with your own. It can help you develop safety protocol.
If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, here is a timely article on paddling in winter – don’t forget your neoprene socks and booties
Lastly, The importance of stretching (seriously).
There’s no ‘i’ in ‘Team’
The importance of teamwork – if you’ve been on a doubles rowing team, you know how important teamwork is. Imagine being in a boat with 20+ people, all handling a paddle. Incredibly rewarding to work together, this is a great blog post on how to do it successfully.
Lastly, dragon boats are b-i-g. How are you storing them? If you think you could utilize more space (or make use of a stacker that does all the heavy work for you), check out these mechanical dragon boat stackers from Space Saver Rowing Systems.
Read the full article to get tips for Resources for Dragon Boati