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Dragon Boating at Cascades 2018


Dragon boating is a fun and easy to learn, safe sport that gathers men and women to practice and race together. Dragon boating provides a welcoming environment for all ages and fitness levels. Our coaches offer all paddlers technique training—even if you have never held a paddle before in your life.

Bring your partner, bring friends.

Dragon boating at Cascades has many teams to choose from, whether you’re interested in a recreational paddle once or twice a week, or working towards a competitive level. A description of each team and links to register are below. Come and enjoy fun, fitness and friendship on the beautiful Gatineau River. We now offer dragon boat paddling in both a 10-person and 20-person boats.

Still not sure? Try our free dragon boat open house on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Interested but don’t know which team to join? Come out to the Dragon boat Open House on June 2 to try it out and meet and talk with our coordinators and coaches. We will be announcing more details in early May.

If you want to receive updates on this and other events please contact the dragon boat coordinator at

Follow the Cascades Club on Facebook @CascadesClub for more information and updates about dragon boat and all of the other great activities at the club.

What’s Else is New?

We will be holding two clinics during the summer to give both new and experienced paddlers an opportunity to improve their “catch” and “exit,” with tips and drills to prepare you to try some racing this summer. These are great clinics in smaller groups for those of you who have been paddling for a couple of summers, but aren’t quite sure what is involved in taking it to the next level. Dates are being finalized and will be announced at a future date.

As well, we will be introducing 2-3 “fun paddle” events on during Sunday afternoons in July and August so newbies and seasoned paddlers alike can play some games to help with technique and try a little racing—all in good sport. Watch your club email for more information on this. Non paddlers are also welcome.

Please note all dragon boat paddlers need to be members of the Cascades Club to access the waterfront. More information at

Our Teams

Cascades Women- Competitive Women’s Team

We are committed to excellence in paddling, fitness and sportsmanship and are actively engaged in the community. Paddle on the Gatineau River in the summer, dryland training in the off- season, team spirit year-round. We participate in local, national and international competitions, including the 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary in July 2018. The team is currently recruiting. Like us on Facebook: @CascadesWomenDragonBoat

For fees and more information please contact:

Water Buffaloes- Mixed Semi-Competitive Team – Join us for a good workout, improving your technique and trying out at a couple of fun races this summer. We will be practicing twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45 (arrive for 6:30). We welcome new and experienced paddlers. Drop-ins are also welcome. This team is semi-competitive and will decide as a group which local regattas we will be attending this summer. Please note those fees will be extra. Start date is Tuesday, May 21- Thursday, September 20 for 18 weeks. Coach: Amanda Woodley.
Fees: $240
Contact Captains: Louise at or Lucie at

DragonFlies –Mixed recreational crew
Join our crew of enthusiastic men and women paddlers learn the sport of dragon boating in a fun atmosphere with a friendly group of people on the beautiful Gatineau River. Practice 1x week (Late May – early Sept). No paddling experience necessary! Practices are on Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m, beginning on May 22 for 16 weeks. Coach: Natacha Tremblay.
Fees: $125
Contact Captain: Jake at

River Spirits – Recreational women’s crew
Join River Spirits and experience the joys of paddling with a team of new and experienced women paddlers. Optional local regatta in the summer. No paddling experience necessary. Practice once per week on Thursday nights 7:00-8:00 p.m, beginning May 24- September 6 for 16 weeks. Coach: Alison Amero.
Fees: $125
Contact Captain: Betty at

Ed’s boat – Morning paddle
For a more leisurely paddle, we are also offering a Monday 10 am morning dragon boat session. This is ideal for those of you who are home for the summer, retired or work shift work and would like a chance to get some exercise in the morning sun. The session will run for 16 weeks beginning May 21. Drop-ins welcome for $10. We welcome friends, neighbours and family visitors any time. Coach: Ed Hanrahan.
Fees: $125.00





The following is a list of fees for the 2018 season. In calculating your fees, please note that there is a boat charge as well as a coach charge. Also, you may choose to hire and pay your coach separately. The rates apply to Cascades Club teams unless otherwise specified.

 Proposed 2018 Cascades Dragon Boat rate based on hourly rates, plus tax.

Dragon Boat Practice Fees 10 Persons 20 Persons
Less than 35 hrs/season $60 $0
More than 35 hrs/season $55 $0
*Non-member rental $100 $0
*Non-member rate includes steer or coach $155 $0
Coach (Hourly rate) for members
Junior Coach $30 $30
 Senior Coach  $35  $35
Steer $20 $20