PROGRAMS

We offer a variety of programs for members of our organization and for members of our community.

OUTREACH COMMUNITY EVENTS

Recruitment is essential to the well being of the organization. Several times throughout the year, our Outreach Committee sets up paddle events for members of the community.  This provides them the opportunity to paddle with experienced paddlers and paddle in a dragon boat on the Banana River.  The focus of the sessions is FUN.  If you are bitten by the Dragon and want more, we have a program, called Connect, to help you develop paddling technique.

Scheduled Paddle Events for 2023, 2024

February 25, 2023-Health First Paddle Event

June 1, 2023-Heart and Soul Family Night;

June 10, 2023-Indian Harbour Beach City  Council and Staff, and Local Corporations;

June 29, 2023-Bank of America Team Building Event;

July 8, 2023-Breast Cancer/All Cancer Survivors;

August 19, 2023-Health First Paddle Event;

August 26, 2023-Community Paddle Event;

November 11, 2023-Community Paddle Event;

December 9, 2023-Community Paddle Event;

January 13, 2024-Health First Paddle Event;

April 6, 2024-Scouts BSA, Troop 373 Paddle Event.

THE CONNECT PROGRAM

The CONNECT Program is held three times a year. A One-hour introductory “try it” session is held the week prior to the start of the program. Interested members of the community are encouraged to take part to decide if they would like to participate in CONNECT. The Connect course follows with 1 hour practices, on Sundays for a total of 5 weeks.  The program culminates in a racing opportunity at the last practice (either from Oars and Paddles Park or at an actual festival with community racing teams). The total cost of the Program is $50.00.

The CONNECT Program requires many volunteers from the team. Steer persons and paddlers who can serve as strokes and role models in the boat are always needed. Coaches take turns participating. Typically the practices are scheduled around other team practices to encourage participation.

The CONNECT practices are also a great opportunity for those members who have not paddled for a while to come get back in the boat.

The contact person for our CONNECT programs is Jennifer Schmanski.  She can be reached by email at [email protected] for reservations in the program or for any questions you may have.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT EVENTS

We are blessed to be able to paddle weekly on the Banana River and Indian River Lagoon.  We are so lucky to be able to paddle out of Oars and Paddles Park, located in Indian Harbour Beach.  Because of this, we are diligent in our use and care of these environments.

Yearly we participate in the Marine Resource Council's Indian River Lagoon Clean up event.  In 2022 and in 2023, our focus will be the Pineda Causeway.

We are also a Founder with the Brevard Zoo's "Our Legacy Campaign" which is involved with the conservation and education of the Indian River Lagoon.

We also participate in the rebuilding of the oyster reefs in the lagoon

We take care of Oars and Paddles park through our quarterly clean up events.

FAQ

Below we have comprised a list of the common questions and answers regarding dragon boating, training, membership, sponsorship and donating. If there is a question that has not been answered by the list below, please feel free to enter an inquiry on the "Contact" tab above and a team representative will respond.

Training Sessions

Dragon Boat Basics

Donate to Team

Membership

Sponsorship

Have more questions? Feel free to reach our, get in touch with one of our team representatives.