Frequently Asked Questions

What does UWDBC do?

UWDBC is a student run fitness and dragon boat club at the University of Waterloo in Canada. During the Fall and Winter terms, we hold dryland workouts and pool paddling practices. In the Summer we have recreational and competitive level dragon boat crews that compete in regattas around Ontario and sometimes internationally.

What is dragon boat?

Dragon boat originated from 4th century BC on China’s Mi Luo River and was imported to the West in the mid 1980’s. Each boat, holding 20 paddlers, 1 steersperson and 1 drummer, tries to beat the other boats to the finish line. Dragon boat 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 hard work 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 year 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. 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, with signups and tryouts for our Spring crews occurring in the Winter term. Feel free to email us or contact us via any of our social media channels 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 PAC 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 away anyone who’s willing to join. For the competitive and high performance crews, 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, coach-ability 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!