Whether we’re in the pool or on the water, you can expect to get wet. But, you can also expect to have facilities to change into dry clothes post-practice.
Before all practices, we do a warm-up of basic exercises to improve strength and flexibility. After practice we always cool down and stretch out. We also provide paddles and life jackets, so all you need to do is show up. Coaches provide one-on-one attention and training. If you’ve never paddled a day in your life, we will show you how!
At the pool, paddlers wear gym clothes and sandals like Keens or Tevas (though most go barefoot). We sit on the side of the pool and paddle in the water (there is no actual dragon boat in the pool). We paddle for 45-60 minutes, doing various strength and technique drills.
On the water, paddlers dress for the weather. It is typically colder and windier out on the water, and evening practices can get chilly fast. On Saturdays, sunscreen is a must. These practices last for two hours and include steady paddling, timing drills, strength training and race pieces.