paddling at-a-glance

These sessions are run by certified Dragon Boat Canada Coaches that introduce new paddlers to dragon boating safely. Sessions may be in a pool, or at the lake, depending on the time of year. These sessions are a great way to get started on this fun team sport. If one decides to continue, fees from the Taste can be applied to the first annual DASA membership.
Pool paddling and other training is available for those paddlers interested in improving or maintaining their skill levels. Check out our Events page for dates and to register!
We provide an opportunity for community members to take part in team building activities while dragon boating. Coaches and equipment are provided. Because these are all volunteers, please give us as much notice as possible so we can accommodate the event. Email DASA for more info.
  • DASA Annual Membership (Dec. 2022 to Nov. 2023) – $30.  Click here to pay.
  • Pool Fees (November 2022 to April 2023) – $100
  • Pool Fees (January 2023 to April 2023) – $80
  • Pool Fees (March 2023 – April 2023) – $35. Click here to pay.
  • 10-Time Pool Paddle Pass (Shareable) – $60
  • Paddle Fees (May to September) – $100
  • Paddle Fees (July to September) – $75
  • A Taste of Paddling Fees (Payment accepted through the Events Calendar) – $30
  • Youth Fees (Membership + Paddling) – $30.  Click here to pay.
  • School Rentals (per hour) – $75
  • Non-member Rental of Boats & Equipment per hour – $250

To pay any fees not indicated above, please email the DASA Treasurer for more information.

DASA offers special programs for youth aged 12 – 17 in the spring and summer. In 2022-23, this was expanded to include winter training and paddling. Email our Youth Director for more information.

Each team decides their level of competitiveness. DASA supports the teams by providing / offering equipment; certified coaches, drummers, steers; insurance coverage and advocacy; and other supports.
  1. Recreational Teams (Lethbridge Festival and beyond)
    These teams are often a group of co-workers, corporate sponsored teams, friends, church members, or any group that wants to paddle together.
    • Recreational Paddler – Paddles during the summer 1-2 times per week. There are no festival commitments.
    • Recreational Festival Paddler – Interested in participating in the ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival. Practices in June before the festival for 2-4 practises.
  2. Competitive Festival Teams
    Paddlers on a competitive team push for a medal finish. They enjoy a longer
    paddling season, typically practising 2 times a week from May until the first week in September.
  3. High Performance Teams
    High performance teams seek fitness and competition while training and taking part 2-4 festivals during the summer. Their goal is to excel in the top divisions at each event. These teams may travel within Canada and/or internationally. They may also compete at the annual Canadian National Dragon Boat Championships.
  4. Performance ++
    DASA supports those individuals who dream big and wish to work seriously towards the Canadian National Team tryouts.
  5. Youth Paddlers (12-17 years)
    They may train all year. There is an option to travel to other festivals with other DASA teams. They also participate in the recreational summer Youth Program offered 1/week in July and August by DASA.

For more information on where you might fit, email our Team Liaison.