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  • I've never heard of dragon boating. Is it new?
    Actually, it's very old! A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s southern Guangdong Province out of wood to various designs and sizes. It is one of a family of Traditional Paddled Long Boats found throughout Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Dragon boats are the basis of the team-paddling sport of dragon boat racing, an amateur watersport which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual that contending villagers held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China. While ‘competition’ has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of religious ceremonies and folk customs, dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.
  • What should I wear?
    Dragon boating is a water sport. Dress as if you would go to a water park, canoeing or kayaking, and prepare to get a little wet. Most newcomers will tend to splash water, so wear light swim- or exercise-type clothing that won’t weigh down if soaked. Avoid wearing cotton as it soaks and retains water, making you feel uncomfortable, will conduct away body heat, and may restrict your movement. While on the boat, you can wear sneakers, water shoes, or flip flops. A pair of sunglasses will both help keep out the glare and protect your eyes from splashing water. A hat is highly recommended to keep you cool when exposed to the sun in the middle of the lake, and it helps keep your head from getting wet. Sunscreen would be helpful in keeping you from getting burned. Being in the middle of the lake exposes you more directly under sunlight. The bench in a dragon boat is hard and can wear on your derriere. Sitting on gardening kneeling pad works well for most people.
  • Do I need to buy equipment?
    We have a life vest (also know as a PFD — Personal Floatation Device) and a paddle for you.
  • What should I bring?
    Not much, except a 500ml bottle or two of water. 
You will definitely need water, even when it’s not hot.
  • Is dragon boating good exercise?
    Yes! Dragon boating hits all the areas most gym workouts do not target, to include abs, all aspects of the back, and legs. Practices vary in length and exertion levels, but typically last for a full hour. You will typically burn around 700-1000 calories while enjoying the scenery!
  • Do I have to join a club?
    No! Anyone is welcome to join the fun. As this is a non-contact sport, a variety of age levels can participate. The team’s social committee organizes events on and off the water in the Dallas area, including community service activities.
  • Who are the people in the front and back of the boat?
    They are the steersperson and the drummer. The steersperson mans the tiller at the stern of the boat to set its direction. The drummer sets the rhythm and coaches the twenty paddlers to synchronize the boat's power. Both are leadership positions.
  • Where can I park near the boathouse
    The closest lots are a parking lot behind Big Thicket and another across the street from it. Also close by is a parking lot at the boat ramp between White Rock Boat Club and the north of the boathouse. You may also park on graveled shoulders along the street, but be sure your wheels are completely off the asphalt.
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