Dragon Boats originated from China's Southern Guangdong Province and as a sport the boats have been raced in China for over 2,000 years.
When racing, Dragon boats accommodate up to 21 participants in each boat which includes a drummer and helm.
At Haven Banks we operate sessions with a maximum of 18 children or young people or a maximum of 16 adults, 16 maximum for mixed age groups. In all cases, we recommend a minimum of 12 participants to effectively propel the boat.
Dragon Boating makes for a fantastic team orientated activity, where timing, cohesion and group co-operation are key to success.
Teams sit in the boat on either side and propel the 48 feet/15 metre boat at speeds of up to 12 mile per hour using a single bladed paddle.
Dragon Boats offer groups a great introduction to paddlesport with leisurely ventures down the canal or on to the river or timed challenges over set distances.
For larger and more competitive and energetic groups, up to 3 boats and crews can be matched together to run a series of races on Exeter Quayside. This makes for a great corporate event.
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