Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00
Friday, 5:30 – 7:00
Men and Women, 19+
Sproat Lake Dragon Boat Regatta
September 24, 2017
Tuesday, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, 5:00 – 7:00
Gorge Supersprints – May 28
Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival – July 8, 9
Comox Nautical Days – Aug 6
Sproat Lake Dragon Boat Regatta – Sep 24
Dragon Boating is the fastest-growing, international team water sport. Each year dragon boat festivals and regattas are held worldwide with teams competing in races in various categories at different levels. But dragon boating is not all about competition. Many teams are recreational and enter very few festivals.
A dragon boat team consists of a caller/drummer, 20 paddlers, and a steersperson. With their voice or drumming and specific hand signals, the caller synchronizes their calling or drumming with the lead paddlers. The steersperson works hard to minimize drag and keep the boat on track. The paddlers are the engine of the boat, paddling in time with each other. During a race, which typically lasts between 1.5 and 3 minutes, paddlers fully exert themselves for distances between 250 and 500 meters.
As a spectator supporting those on the boats, races are exciting to witness. Each race consists of 3 to 5 boats racing each other. The synchronization and intensity is impressive and races are often won by fractions of a second or mere inches
Paddling is fun. Being on the water with a supportive team is incredibly appealing. In dragon boat paddling it is a team effort; there are no stars. All teams believe that camaraderie, team spirit and a supporting environment are truly important.
Dragon boat paddling is a real athletic activity. It provides a great physical workout and each team practices at least twice a week. Those who participate believe that dragon boating is good for physical health and also promotes and encourages feelings of confidence through team effort and achievement.
This sport is able to accommodate a wide spectrum of skill levels ranging from beginners to experienced, competitive athletes. Likewise, teams range in ability from recreational local teams to the highly-competitive teams racing at international events.
Find out if this sport is right for you. EBFC offers three free paddles for people new to our club. Have a tryout with one or more of our teams to get the right fit for your leisure hours.
Find a team .. get a club. We’re a community of paddle enthusiasts who want nothing more than to get out on the water and enjoy ourselves. To make that happen, our board members meet once a month to work out details of running the club. All members are welcome at the meetings and we’ll even send out reminders so you can RSVP.
Already have an account with TeamSnap? Awesome! TeamSnap is a great communication tool. EBFC uses it to message our members, house important files like waivers and registration forms, minutes and our club charter. The teams use it to schedule practices, have team members sign up for practices and of course, messaging. Current TeamSnap member or not, you’ll be up and running in a flash!
EBFC maintains a dock and gear shed at 1340 Stewart Avenue. It’s behind the old Nauticals and Iron Wok restaurants. Parking is free on Stewart Avenue. Monthly Club meetings are generally held at Volunteer Nanaimo, 3148 Barons Road, near Country Club Mall.
Founded in 2005 by a group of Nanaimo paddlers who wanted to find a less expensive way to get on the water, Ergondragons Boating and Fitness Club (EBFC) has been providing a home for teams of excellence ever since.
Different than other clubs up and down the Newcastle Channel, EBFC is a member-driven group with a keen desire to see paddling open to everyone, teens through seniors, recreational or competitive.
Our board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, working to keep our boats, paddles, PFDs and deckhouse (which is the envy of every group on the water) in pristine shape. Safety is a huge consideration for us; we’ve developed an extensive safety plan that isn’t just a batch of paper stuffed in a drawer. We practice it. Every time we go out.
Every coach with EBFC is certified or working on certification, either with Dragon Boat Canada, the national regulating body for dragon boating, or by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) which certifies coaches of all sports.
We have two boats in the water – U Bette and Dragon Spirit. Named after one of our founders, U Bette is a kit boat, made with love by members of EBFC – it’s modeled after the BuK, recognized around the world as the one of the best boats. Dragon Spirit is a Millennium boat, popular up and down the coast of Vancouver Island.
New members are welcome on each of three teams we currently have with the club. To help you find the right fit for you, we offer three free paddles to people who’ve not previously tried out with one of our teams.
We’re also searching for new businesses or groups who’d like to put a team on the water .. either to compete in Nanaimo’s largest summer tourist draw, the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, to paddle every week to get or keep in shape, or as a two-hour team building exercise. Our rates are very competitive.