With summer on our doorstep, spending your days inside is no longer an option. If you’re looking for some summer action, but you don’t want to get overheated while hiking or biking, we might just have found the perfect activity for you: dragon boat racing!
Originating over two millennia ago in ancient China, the tradition of dragon boat racing dates back almost to the time when there were actual dragons flying around. A dragon boat is a large canoe like rowboat, traditionally made from wood. These days, however, more modern materials are often used to keep the boats light and fast.
Dragon Boat teams
A dragon boat racing team usually consists of eight to twenty paddles, but can contain upwards to fifty athletes. In the front of the boat, a drummer synchronizes his drumming with the paddling strokes to streamline the operation. At the back, the sweep prevents the boat from hitting shore or other dragon boats.
When racing dragon boats, coordination, force, technique and teamwork go hand in hand. This makes it the perfect opportunity to learn English and make new friends while doing something active. And the best thing? Everyone can do it!
Starting May 14, there’s a program specifically fit for EC English students’ needs. During four guided one and a half hour learning sessions, you will practice every Monday (May 14 – June 4, 6:00 PM) on your dragon boat paddling skills. Training is only two stations away from the EC Vancouver English Centre. As a grande finale you will compete in the Tim Hortons 500M Championship on June 10 against other student teams.
If you’re under 24 and you wish to sign up, come talk to the front desk at the second floor. Participating in the whole program (lessons and championship) is only 99 dollars per paddles. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided.