Frequently Asked Questions

What does UWDBC do?

UWDBC is a student led fitness and dragonboat club right here at the University of Waterloo. During the Fall and Winter terms, we hold dryland workouts multiple times a week as well paddling practices. In the Summer, we are a full out competitive dragonboat team, competing in regattas around in Ontario

What is dragon boat?

Dragonboat originated from 4th century BC on China’s Mi Luo River and was imported to the West in the mid 1980’s. But what's important to know is that we stuff 20 paddlers along with a steersperson and drummer into a 40 foot long boat and try to beat the other boats to the finish line. Overall, dragonboat is a great way to get fit and meet new people in the club and the community!

What can I expect from being a member of the club?

Expect lots of fun! Even if you aren't on one of our crews, we hold many socials and a countless amount of fun workouts throughout the Fall and Winter term! You will meet many new people and even make some life-long friends! If you've been chosen to be on our competitive crews, expect to put in a lot of hardwork and dedication towards training and improving as a paddler! With the high level of competition in the Summer, members are expected to train at the gym throughout the week while coming to multiple weekly and mandatory team practices. There will be many medals waiting for you at the end of the road!

When can we start paddling in the dragon boat?

We hold a "Try-It" day in the early Fall term to introduce the sport and then go back out on the boats in May when the crews start practicing for racing season.

But I'm new to fitness, what now?

Don't worry, our club is open to everyone! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced athlete, there will always be something for you in our club. With our veteran coaches, we'll make sure you will improve both physically and as a paddler.

How do I join in on the fun?

We are open to new members every Fall and Winter term! Feel free to email us at the email in the Contact section and we'll get back to you with the date of our next practice!

Where and when does the team meet?

In the Fall and Winter, the club typically holds 2-3 dryland workouts in the High Performance Zone and 1 pool practice at the PAC swimming pool per week. In the Spring term, the competitive teams practice five times a week and the recreational team practices three times a week at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area just north of campus.

How can I get onto one of the crews?

For the recreational crew all you have to do is sign up! We never turn anyone who's willing to join away. For the competitive and high performance teams, we hold fitness tests in November and February of every year consisting of various strength tests and a 500m paddle erg time-trial. Team selections are based off of attitude, coachability and fitness test results with a heavy weight on the 500m time-trial.

What's the cost?

Club fees change yearly depending on many different aspects. Once in the club, we will tell you how much it'll cost to join and give you a detailed breakdown of where your money is going!