Chances are, if you live on the Sunshine Coast, you’re drawn to the ocean. And perhaps you’ve found yourself gazing out at Porpoise Bay, thinking you’d love to be out on the water.
If you’ve also been thinking you’d like to find new ways to stay fit, exercise in our beautiful natural environment and meet a few more like-minded people, dragon boating may be for you.
The Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat Club invites people interested in trying the sport to an information session on March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Davis Bay Hall, 5123 Davis Bay Road.
From April until September, members of the club’s four teams practise twice weekly on Porpoise Bay, based at the MacKenzie marina. Teams are open to adults of all ages and abilities. Representatives of all teams will be on hand at the info session.
MacKenzie Mussels is a co-ed competitive team seeking both more men and women this year to round out its numbers. SeaGals women’s competitive team is also seeking new members, as is Porpoise Paddlers, a recreational team for those who wish to learn the technique without competing in regattas. And Sunshine Dragons Abreast seeks more breast cancer survivors and supporters who are looking for a great exercise opportunity.
All of the teams offer opportunities on the water to have fun, improve fitness levels and learn the techniques involved in paddling a dragon boat.
“We welcome those who have competed in sports before or not, and non-swimmers as well as swimmers. The only things people need to bring are a willingness to have fun and learn new fitness skills,” says club president Beth Callahan.
The regular annual fee is $150, with newcomers receiving a 15 per cent discount.
Intrigued? Come on out to the information session, or learn more about the teams and registration at www.scdragonboatclub.com
– Submitted by Ellen Adelberg