Western Campus Recreation

Dragon Boat


As Dragon Boat athletes we get asked a lot, “So what exactly is Dragon Boating?” We readily answer, no it is not like rowing and no, it is not quite like intense canoeing. Imagine two rows of ten paddlers lined up on a long boat, with a drummer in front shouting encouragement and a steers person at the stern calling commands. With over 2500 years of tradition, dragon boat is currently the largest flat-water and fastest growing sport in the world. During the year we train with dedicated coaches to build up strength and stamina through regular dry land practices, vigorous technique training by the pool, and endurance & speed on the track. This prepares us for our competitive summer season.  All levels of experience are welcome; we train and grow together as a team.
Stroke. Stroke. Boom.

Check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WesternDragonBoat/

About the President

Hi Everyone, I’m Bethia and I’m the President/Captain of the Western Dragon Boat Club (WDBC) this year! I graduated from Western University with a Medical science degree in Physiology and am currently in my second year of my Masters in Physiology here. I joined WDBC in my second year of my undergrad and have been racing for WDBC for the last 4 years. During my time on WDBC, I have had the pleasure to be part of the executive committee as VP Media & Design and Pool coach. As president this year, I hope to continue on the legacy of WDBC and make this club a place for students to experience the ever-growing sport of dragon boat. WDBC has been one of the highlights of my university experience as it really fosters a welcoming and supportive community for individuals to connect with other athletes, learn the basics of paddling, and to participate in well-rounded training routines. No experience is required to join! Come by the Western Recereation Center to say hello!

Past Events


Fall term (Sep-Dec) = $37.50 + HST
Winter term (Jan-Apr) = $37.50 + HST (*mandatory swim test required for all participants)
Fall/Winter term (Sep-Apr) = $63.00 + HST (*mandatory swim test required for all participants)

For club information, contact us at westerndbc@gmail.com or Contact the Club President Bethia at bto5@uwo.ca with inquiries/questions

Dragon Boat Club - Practice Schedule:

Sport Club practices for Fall 2018 begin on Sunday Sept 23, and will conclude on Saturday Dec. 1, 2018.
Practices for the Winter 2019 term resume on Monday Jan 7  and conclude on Sunday March 31, 2019.

12:45-2:45 pm (WSRC Pool)
Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm (WSRC Studio #2)
Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm (WSRC Studio #2)
Thursday 9:00-10:30 pm (TRAC)

**Cancelled Dates**
Fall Reading Week - October 6-13, 2018
Thursday November 29, 2018
Winter Reading Week - February 16-23, 2019


Club registration is available at Campus Recreation, Membership Services in the Western Student Recreation Centre (WSRC). Membership in Sport Clubs is open to Western students and fee-paying adults (minimum 18 years of age) who have a valid Campus Recreation membership.

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Refund Policy

All memberships will be refunded within 14 days of purchase, minus a 10% administration fee*. After this 14-day trial period, partial refunds will be issued for medical reasons only (with written documentation).

* The 10% administration fee may be waived if transferring to another program/Club or leaving a credit on account for future purchases.

On occasion, certain facilities may not be available due to maintenance, special events, etc. Campus Recreation will provide notice whenever possible, but memberships will not be extended.

Please familiarize yourself with our Sport Clubs refund policy prior to any club registrations.