Dragon Boating: The Importance of Stretching.

Stretching before and after a training session or race keeps muscles flexible, strong and healthy, which is very important – especially when using muscles in a repetitive way, such as constant paddling.

Dragon Boating is a physically demanding sport, guaranteed to increase your overall fitness with a combination of strength and endurance training.

But also requires an element of aerobic fitness, and a certain amount of power.

And for power, you need muscles.

While there is obviously an emphasis on upper-body strength, it does well to note that the sport actually comprises of a full-body workout.

When it comes to any kind of exercise, it is important to look after your muscles. And you’ll quickly realise that Dragon Boating works a lot of different muscles.

Besides the obvious muscles groups involved, such as the arms and shoulders, there are a lot of other muscle-groups utilised.

The most worked muscles in Dragon Boating are the following:

  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Core
  • Chest

So how do we look after all these muscles, so they’re kept in powerful, working order?


Stretching is vital when it comes to Dragon Boating in any capacity, whether it be social, competitive or at an elite level.

And while stretching has obvious benefits in warming up your muscles before heading out on the water (sometimes in cold conditions), stretching is also a great way to decrease stress, enhance your range of motion, and improve circulation.

Stretching before and after a training session or race keeps muscles flexible, strong and healthy, which is very important – especially when using muscles in a repetitive way, such as constant paddling.

Remember, Dragon Boating is a full-body workout, so it’s really important to check with your coach and devise a warm-up and warm-down plan.

There’s nothing worse than sustaining an injury and being out for part, or all, of the season.


So what stretches can we do to keep our muscles healthy, and reduce the risk of injury?

See the image below for some basic stretches you and your team can try together, to help get your muscles warmed up before jumping in the boat!


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10 Reasons To Try Dragon Boating

As one of the most popular up-and-coming sports in the world, here are 10 good reasons to try Dragon Boat Racing today!

First of all… What is Dragon Boating?

Dragon Boat Racing is a water-sport spanning thousands of years, originating from the Pearl River Delta region of China’s Guangdong Province. It is one of the most up-and-coming sports in the world, with over 50 million participants worldwide.

Modern Dragon Boat Racing began as an international sport in Hong Kong in 1976 (for more information, click here).

Source: https://shenzhen.blog/dragon-boat-festival-a-traditional-chinese-festival/
Source: Shenzhen Blog

Dragon Boat Racing consists of crews of 10 or 20 paddlers in a boat (+ Sweep/ Steerer and Drummer). The boats are typically made of carbon-fibre, fibreglass and other lightweight materials.

So how does it work?

Dragon Boat Racing involves each crew member paddling in synchronization/ as part of a team, against other Dragon Boat teams (or against time) from a start line to a finish line.

Race lengths vary, with the most popular being 200m, 500m and 2km.

According to the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF), there are currently 72 countries/ territories with memberships to the IDBF – and many more with a known interest.

Although you may have seen some teams sporting wooden paddles, Dragon Boat paddles are generally made of Carbon Fibre and their dimensions are carefully considered and controlled to comply with IDBF standards.

A paddler’s technique, height and power will determine the exact length and weight of the paddle.

You will notice the stamp/ decal on the top of the blade in the image – noting that the paddle complies with IDBF standards.

Paddles that are not compliant are not able to be used in official Dragon Boat Racing.

Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/SPORT-Approved-Carbon-Dragon-Paddle/dp/B01E8DLU26
Source: amazon.com

Modern Dragon Boat Racing is organised at the international level by the IDBF, which is the governing body for the sport.

Dragon Boat Racing at the State, National and International level is very competitive and many paddlers train all year round and go through rigorous training programs, camps and try-outs to be capable of competing at a high level.

The Australian Dragon Boat Team is the Auroras – and their fitness benchmarks are outlined here.

Source: http://www.lureofthedragons.org/form-and-function.html#
Source: Lure of the Dragon

Above is a diagram of the typical set-up of a Dragon Boat Crew. Below is a quick description of each of these positions and what their purpose is:


The sweep is arguably the most important person on the boat.

They are responsible for the safety of the entire crew, and need to be in command 100% of the time.

The sweep needs to be able to understand wind and race conditions, as well as the capabilities of their crew, in order to keep the boat moving forward correctly.

Source: http://archive.boston.com/sports/blogs/bigshots/2009/06/dragon_boat_racing.html
Source: boston.com


The back two/ four paddlers should be strong and able to keep up with the front ‘strokes’.


The middle section of the boat is usually reserved for the strong, heavier paddlers to help balance the boat but still keep it above water with powerful strokes.


The front paddlers, also know as ‘strokes’ set the pace for the rest of the crew to follow.

These paddlers should have long, strong techniques, setting the visual example for the entire crew.

Source: https://www.thrill.com.au/dragon-boating-corporate-events-training-water-activities/
Source: thrill.com
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Source: Loved by Laura


The drummer position is usually reserved for someone lightweight (so the boat isn’t front heavy).

Drummers beat the drum in time to the strokes’ paddling, and calls out encouragement to the team – it might seem underrated, but it is extremely important in race conditions.

So why should you try it?

There are many great reasons to try and love Dragon Boating – but here are my personal TOP 10 reasons to give it a go:



Yes, this is an obvious benefit to any sport. However to be good at Dragon Boating, it requires a certain level of endurance, aerobic fitness, as well as strength.

It’s a whole body workout – your legs are the anchor while the muscles in your arms, shoulders and back are used to cut through the water.

Source: http://archive.boston.com/sports/blogs/bigshots/2009/06/dragon_boat_racing.html
Source: boston,com

You have to really lean forward to get the correct technique, which means you are also working your core at the same time, too!

Most clubs train several times a week, which means you can really choose what you get out of the sport. Whether you’re looking for a more social activity, or you have a competitive streak, this sport is excellent for either end of the spectrum.



Dragon Boat Racing is a sport that originated thousands of years ago. It is believed to have origins tracing back 2,500 years. In Chinese tradition, the Dragon symbolizes:

  • Power
  • Excellence
  • Courage
  • Boldness
  • Heroism
  • Perseverance
  • Nobility
  • Dignity

On race days, the boats are fitted with the proper Dragon Head and Tail. A traditional ceremony called ‘Awaking the Dragon’ is carried out, where a Taoist Priest dots the eyes of the dragon, thus ending its ‘slumber’.

The Chinese celebrate each year with a ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ which is one of their oldest and most grandiose festivals. It’s also known as the Duanwu Festival and occurs near the summer solstice (late May, early June). You can find more information here. Adelaide Dragon Boat Clubs also race at the OzAsia/ Moon Lantern Festival.



Dragon Boat Racing is a sport that incorporates a wide variety of people of all ages, races and genders, from all walks of life. This makes it an amazingly social sport to be a part of.

Whether you plan to try Dragon Boat Racing competitively or socially, one thing is assured: you will make some amazing friends.

Source: http://www.dragonboatsa.com/auroras/
Source: Dragon Boat SA

The atmosphere both on and off the water is perfect for getting to know the people in your club, and everyone helps everyone else.


Source: https://www.tutorialspoint.com/dragon_boating/dragon_boating_personnel.htm
Source: Tutorials Point


Learning to paddle is always interesting – and each club has their own slightly different paddling technique – but for most, it is a very new kind of skill to learn.

Not only do you need to learn how to paddle – you need to learn the commands as well. It’s a sport that is incredibly demanding, both physically and mentally, but once you start to master it, very satisfying!



Where there are boats, there are (hopefully) bodies of water. And generally speaking, the places you paddle are quite beautiful!

Whether you’re paddling at a marina, on a river, a lake or the ocean, there is usually a lot to look at. So, while you may be paddling your butt off, you can still appreciate the scenery around you.

Early mornings are fresh and a perfect way to start your day, and afternoon training is rewarded with some incredibly beautiful sunsets. And the occasional pelican, fish, seagull or duck as well!



Dragon Boat Racing is team sport, and to have any hope of making the boat go forward, you must work together.

The loyalty and team spirit you find while Dragon Boat Racing is something you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ll find out very quickly that ‘team’ takes on a very important meaning, especially while you’re on the water.

Rain, hail or shine (quite literally), training is a lot easier when you know you can trust the people around you. And rest assured, there’s nothing quite like paddling on a lake, hail and rain bucketing down, and laughing with the people next to you.

You will spend a lot of time on and off the water with the people around you, so having a mutual trust and friendship is imperative. Over time, you’ll notice that the people you paddle with will begin to become family.



Dragon Boat Racing can take you to some interesting places! Not only can you compete nationally, but if you make the national team, you could find yourself on the other side of the world.

The Dragon Boat World Championships take place all over the globe, from Hong Kong and Thailand, to Hungary and France. With a bit of competitive spirit and determination, this sport can take you to anywhere imaginable, all while making international friends along the way!

Source: https://www.timeout.com/hong-kong/things-to-do/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-dragon-boat-festival
Source: timeout.com



One of my favourite things about Dragon Boat Racing is that while you are on the water, there’s absolutely no time to think about anything other than paddling.

You are completely focused on your technique, what the commands being called out are, and keeping in time with the strokes (front two paddlers).

This sport is truly amazing for your all round well-being – body, mind, soul and spirit.

For someone like me, where day-to-day life can sometimes feel out of control, Dragon Boat Racing is the perfect opportunity to let all the worry and stress drift (quite literally) away.



Discipline. There’s nothing quite like it.

You don’t know what this means until your sweep is screaming at an ear-splitting decibel for a ‘Power 20’ and all you can do is push your hardest and hope you aren’t going to have a heart attack.

Linking in with camaraderie, you and your team-mates rely on being disciplined to execute everything you’re told, in perfect synchronization, in order to bring the boat up and forward. And when it works, it works.



Dragon Boat Racing = Races.

Lots and lots of races! Whether you see yourself as a competitive person or not, racing against other clubs is a lot of fun. It really brings everything together – camaraderie, discipline, team work, tradition, strength and fitness and everything you’ve learned along the way.

Giving one hundred percent, as a team unit, is truly a sight to see, and something to experience.

Race days are also a great way to mingle with people with other teams, watch other age-groups, enjoy some good old-fashioned team spirit and perhaps a beer or three after it’s all said and done.

So what are you waiting for?!

Summer is rapidly approaching (for my Australian friends, at least), and what better way to get fit and enjoy the water and sun? So what are you waiting for? Head down to your local club and give it a go!


For my South Australian Friends: click here

*Or come down and try with us at the Black Sea Dragons – formerly known as the Adelaide Sea Dragons and Black Dragons (new website coming soon!)

For my Interstate Friends: click here

For my Overseas Friends: click here

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The A-Z of Dragon Boating.

Just for fun!

(Just for fun – all images have original sources attached!)

A is for…

Attention Please!

Are you ready?

Source: https://www.familyfuncanada.com/calgary/calgary-dragon-boat-festival/
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B is for…

Butt Blisters.

Don’t be like Grumpy Cat.

Get a seat-pad if you want to survive.

C if for…


We take them pretty seriously.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/1an271/friends_mum_about_dragon_boats/
Source: https://www.mindanews.com/photo-of-the-day/2016/09/davao-rules/

D is for…

Dig it in!

Stop the boat!!

E is for…


Well, the sport isn’t, but the command is!

Source: https://www.bellingencourier.com.au/story/4888131/urunga-dragon-boat-team-makes-the-finals-at-ballina-regatta/
Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/oliviakong/dragon-boat/

F is for…


You’re gonna make a lot of fanatical friends.

G is for…


When they say go, you GO!

Source: http://www.seadragons.net.au/come-n-try-dragon-boat-racing/
Source: Imgflip.com

H is for…

Hit and Glide.

Y’all know what I’m talking about.

I is for…


Another word for the ‘Strokes’. AKA MUSCLES.

Source: https://www.hamers360fitness.co.uk/arm-workouts-for-women/

J is for…


You can’t have a team without the Jerseys!

K if for…

Keep Your Eyes on The Prize!

How many times has your coach told you off for this one?

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Source: https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/forums/forums/topic/how-do-you-explain-ms-fatigue-to-others/

L is for…

Let it Run!

What you look like when the coach finally says: ‘let it run!’

M is for…


The first half of training is just trying to wake up.

Source: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/352iaa
Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/161144492895922062/?lp=true

N is for…


Literally every coach… ever.

O is for…


Okay, so maybe we’re not as aggressive as Kenny Powers, but a bit of healthy competition doesn’t go astray!

Source: http://www.kennypowersfanclub.com/memes/
Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/mimiecoco/dragon-boat/

P is for…


Sometimes I think the Spartans had it easier…

Q is for…


Super quick. FYI, Dragon Boaters can make the boat go SUUUPER quick.

Source: https://www.dragonboatvictoria.com.au/representative-teams/auroras/
Source: https://makeameme.org/meme/brace-yourself-dragonboat

R is for…

Race Day.

Prepare to get up super early, get super sun burnt and wear super damp clothes all day.

S is for…


Where would we be without our sweeps? Nowhere. The answer is nowhere.

Source: http://paddlechica.com/great-head-and-tail-the-importance-of-your-steer-and-drummer/
Source: https://www.tutorialspoint.com/dragon_boating/dragon_boating_quick_guide.htm

T is for…


It’s all about the technique!

U is for…


Hopefully not quite like this.

Source: https://www.odt.co.nz/slideshow-section/from-our-files/odt-best-2009-jane-dawber
Source: http://www.dragonboatsa.com/auroras/

V is for…


There is no better feeling than working hard all season and scoring gold!

W is for…

Water Bottles.

Where do they even COME from?!

Source: https://imgflip.com/i/2l3hou
Source: https://eugephemisms.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/30-thoughts-every-dragon-boater-has-before-the-race/

X is for…


In case you don’t know what this word means, trust me, you’ll know how it feels…

Xaern = enjoying something so much you begin to hate how much you like it. YEP.

Y is for…


Y’all gonna need it, trust me.

Source: https://www.amorboutiquehotel.com/reduce-vacation-stress
Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/238339005262289902/?lp=true

Z is for…

Zest For Life!

All my fellow paddlers will understand the feeling!

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Quote Of The Day 20/11/2019

WEDNESDAY, 20/11/2019:

Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/359232507749487075/

‘He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.’

– Sun Tzu


10 Holiday Gift Ideas For Dragon Boaters

Here are 10 great gift ideas for the paddlers in your life!

It’s that time of year again…!

… And if it’s that time of year again, that means: PRESENTS!

You’re probably already aware that some of us are decidedly more difficult to buy for… AKA the Dragon Boaters among us.

You know the ones… The ones that don’t seem to have anything else to talk about besides paddling, paddling and more paddling.

So if you’re stumped for things to buy your Dragon Boating loved ones this holiday season, stress no more! Here are 10 great gift ideas for the paddlers in your life:

Number One:

Source: https://www.hornetwatersports.com/products/dragon-boat-bag


Help your loved ones keep their paddles safe, while also carrying them around in style.

This paddle bag from Hornet Watersports is tried and tested – I personally bought one for a paddling friend, and they loved it.

It fits most standard paddles, has a stitched logo and a front padded pocket to keep your stuff safe.

What: Dragon Boat Paddle Bag (Black)

Price: $50

Where: Hornet Watersports

Number Two:


Sick of stinky sneakers and damp socks lying around the house? Aqua shoes are the perfect alternative – plus they’re comfy and quick drying!

I have a pair myself, and they have lasted me over a year now. After training I simply give them a rinse or throw them through the washing machine and voila! Done.

What: Men’s Prologue 1.0 Round Toe Aqua Shoes Black 5

Price: $23.99

Where: BCF Australia

Source: https://www.bcf.com.au/p/mens-prologue-1.0-round-toe-aqua-shoes/M55996801.html?dwvar_M55996801_color=Black&cgid=BCF061015#sz=12&start=14

Number Three:

Source: https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/dragon-boat-race-80103


If you’re after something more novelty, this is certainly a fun idea! LEGO released a limited edition Dragon Boat Set, and they’ve been incredibly popular!

What: Chinese Dragon Boat Race 2019 Asia Exclusive

Price: $70 (varies depending on availability)

Where: Amazon

Number Four:


This is always a popular gift!

Promoting blood circulation, relaxation and restoration, this is the perfect gift for those suffering from sore, stiff or aching muscles.

What: Shakti Mat Light

Price: $69

Where: Shakti Mats Australia

Source: https://www.shaktimats.com.au/collections/all/products/shakti-mat-light-yellow

Number Five:

Source: https://www.underarmour.com.au/en-au/ua-undeniable-duffel-4.0-medium-duffle-bag/192810227774.html?dwvar_192810227774_size=OSFA&dwvar_192810227774_color=290&&cid=PLA%7cau%7call%7cggl%7call%7call%7call%7csmartshopping%7call%7call%7cPR&gclid=CjwKCAjw0vTtBRBREiwA3URt7haoTo1gcPYHX7N-Sp19fvGsf2lvlZgEowGOmPkncb1vJk2tfKqcRRoC6o8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


There’s nothing worse than carting around a damp, stinky bag filled with damp, stinky training gear.

This 100% Polyester, waterproof bag has sections for dirty laundry and shoes, as well as internal organisation slips.

What: UA Undeniable Duffel 4.0 Medium Duffle Bag

Price: $65

Where: Under Armour

Number Six:


2XU is one of the leading brands for compression-wear. Compression wear promotes posture, performance and recovery – while also providing a light-weight, breathable training top.

This particular shirt comes in male and female configurations and is a great gift idea – or if you’re unsure on sizing, get them a 2XU gift card!

What: 2XU Long Sleeve Compression Top

Price: $120

Where: 2XU

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Number Seven:

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Grip tape is often overlooked, but vitally important when it comes to paddling.

Burnwater Grip Tape has microscopic gas bubbles in the tape that activate the rubber so that it permanently sticks only to itself – and it comes in nine different colours, so your loved one can match their paddle to their team colour!

What: Fusion Paddle Grip Tape

Price: $17

Where: Burnwater

Number Eight:

Source: https://jpx2.com.au/collections/dragon-boat-accessories?page=2


Paddling gloves provide protection from blisters, and help paddlers keep a firm grip while training and racing.

These neoprene gloves are a perfect gift idea, and are easy to wash. Bonus!

What: Gloves – NRS Fingerless

Price: $40

Where: JPX2

Number Nine:


A friend of mine recently bought a (very) expensive pair of sunglasses, only to lose them a week later in the lake while he was paddling.

These sunglasses are water-sport specific, polarized and designed to float. They can also be converted to prescription if needed. Problem solved!

What: Classic Jet Specs

Price: $49.95 (more for prescription)

Where: SeaSpecs

Source: https://www.seaspecs.com/classic-jet-specs-p-30

Number Ten:


This neck buff can be used to keep the sun off your neck, keep the bugs out of your mouth, or to provide a wind-block in winter.

On hot days, you can soak it in water to keep you cool instead!

What: Hornet Buffs

Price: $15

Where: JPX2

Source: https://jpx2.com.au/collections/dragon-boat-accessories/products/hornet-buff-blue

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Editor’s Note: SEPTEMBER.

And just like that, Winter has passed us by!

And just like that, Winter has passed us by…

I always say that I hate winter – and I do. I don’t like being cold, rained on, shivering and muddy. But winter has been an exciting time for me this year – I’ve taken risks, tried new things, spent time on projects and learned a lot of new skills.

But most of all, this winter has been a time of true reflection. I told you all last month that I was celebrating quitting my office job, seeing a new psychologist and have a new baby brother – and so much more. Mostly though, I’m celebrating the fact that there is a lot of good in the world, if you know where to look.

This past month has been a whirlwind – sometimes I’ve found it hard to even find time to sit down and write anything at all. But it makes me happy, because it means that life is keeping me busy.

Today, I just wanted to let you know about a few things I do to keep me grounded in reflection and improvement – especially when life gets crazy and it feels like time is going faster than normal (it’s SEPTEMBER ALREADY!!).

Photo of Lighted Lantern Lamps
Yellow Pencil Color in Clear Glass Case


This one is pretty self explanatory – but when life feels crazy, one of the best things to help me clear my head is to get it out, and onto paper.


I love reading – but I tend to get interrupted by my partner, my family, my dogs… the list goes on. But here’s the funny thing: no one wants to interrupt me when I’m naked. So chilling out in the bath with a good book is the perfect time to chill out.


This type of reading is sort of like homework to some people, but I love it. I love reading self-help books, books about psychology, nature… things that help me understand myself and my environment better. It’s so nice to have that light-bulb moment like: ‘Oh! That’s why I am like this…’ or ‘Oh! That’s how that works.’


There is something incredible about being on the water at dawn or dusk. Although training can be hard-work physically, the mental benefits are the best thing about it for me. If you haven’t heard of Dragon Boating, I’d sincerely encourage you to have a sus of my blog post on it: 10 Reasons To Try Dragon Boating.


I’ve had a little bit more time off since quitting my office job – and I’ve used it as an opportunity to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while. Maintaining friendships with people who have played integral roles in your life is a great way to stay grounded and avoid the ‘noise’ and criticism of the world.


I said in my last Editor’s Note that I was going to start a weekly segment called ‘Top Talks’. Mainly, it’s because I feel like it’s important to continuously learn and improve, and listening to others is vital to understanding ourselves and the way we feel about the world, compared to how other people might view it.

Body of Water
Pink and Blue Watercolor Painting


Sometimes, we don’t know all the answers. And that’s okay. What isn’t okay, is expecting someone else to know them. We are all flawed and limited, and speaking to a professional is a great way to begin to understand not only our weaknesses, but out strengths. Sometimes the idea of speaking to someone can be daunting, but it’s worth it.


This is a new one for me. I haven’t really painted much since high-school, but I decided to give it a try. I won’t share any of my paintings just yet (they’re average at best), but the point isn’t to show them to anyone. The point (for me at least) is to see where my mind takes me and the brush.


We sometimes forget that there are people around us who are all working on themselves, and trying to keep their head above water too. Being able to appreciate the people in your life, whether it’s a partner, the check-out person or a friend, is such an amazing feeling.

What next?

Spring is starting to look busier and busier… I’ll be starting my first shifts, Dragon Boat Race Season starts, the weather is getting nicer and the pile of books I’ve bought (but haven’t read) is rapidly increasing.

Which reminds me, if you have any reading suggestions for me – let me know! I’d love to know what everyone else has on their bookshelf at the moment! You can email me, or add me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn.

In the coming month, I’ll hopefully be posting a weekly ‘Top Talk’ still, as well as finding time for a few articles in between. I’m hoping that spring will be a good time find my creativity, and maybe a little bit of down-time too.

I hope you all have an incredible September, full of happiness and love – and don’t forget to reach out and ask for support when you need it, and check in on your friends. x

Selective Focus Photo of Pile of Assorted-title Books