Frequently Asked Questions

The ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival (LRBDF) is one of the largest and favourite summer events in our region and is organized by Lethbridge Rotary clubs.  DASA is contracted by LRBDF  to run the practice sessions.   For more information about this exciting festival, check out the festival website at

During the summer you might see several dragon boats moored just offshore.  The majority of these boats are owned by DASA and are used for team practices and special events. However, other teams and organizations own their own boats and also moor them in Henderson Lake. All boats have their specific logos that identify ownership.

Dragon boat racing is a face-paced, dynamic team water sport that began in Ancient China and is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  A dragon boat usually involves up to 20 paddlers, a steer, and a drummer who train and compete in a series of races. The long narrow boat features a dragon’s head and tail that symbolize the historical ties to its traditional roots. 

To learn more about the history of this exciting sport, check out this resource: 

Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society

DASA offers a Taste of Paddling sessions late spring designed to introduce new paddlers to the sport. Check out “Where do you fit (PROGRAMS” for more information. You can also contact DASA Team Liaison for suggestions   If you want to take part in the Lethbridge Festival (LRBDF), you can also check out their website for how to join a team.

Dragon boating is a water sport, so be prepared to get a little wet.  Wear quick-dry, loose fitting clothes and water shoes. Water bottles are allowed in the boat. Keep your cell phone and keys in a water proof bag. It is  a good idea to keep a set of dry clothes and a towel in your vehicle.

No!  DASA can lend paddles and pfds that fit almost every size.

Weather cancellations are called by the Technical and Safety Directors.  They  monitor weather closely and send out notifications as soon as possible. They will also post a notice at the lake. Check DASA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram before you head to the lake, or contact your team manager for other communication methods.

Dragon boat is a relatively inexpensive sport in most cases.  Check out the DASA fee schedule here (scroll down to fees section). If you are part of a team that takes part in festivals, you will have additional expenses such as festival fees, travel, and practice time.