Organize Your Team

Energize your Team Tips


  • Collaborate on a team identity, including name, team description, team cheer or song and team tent decoration.
  • Every team needs to bring their team spirit! Your enthusiasm, look, sound and spirit may even earn you an award at the closing ceremony.
  • The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival will provide each team a 15’ by 15’ space in the team village on race day. Each team needs to provide its own tent/canopy, seating and decor. This is where your team will relax and get psyched up for your races.
  • Feel free to bring water to keep your team hydrated. The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival will have plenty of food and drinks available for purchase.
  • No tobacco and/or alcohol allowed at Copeland Park.

Practice and Race Day Tips

All paddlers must know the basics of dragon boat safety:

  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). U.S. Coast Guard approved inflatable waist PFDs are allowed.
  • Always listen to and promptly obey your steersperson’s commands.
  • Be sure all paddlers are at practice to listen to the safety briefing and orientation before getting on the water.
  • No alcohol is allowed before or during practices. On race day, intoxication is grounds for disqualification. Socializing and competing are both a big part of this sport, so be responsible.
  • Captains should prepare a boat lineup before your first practice. Select a drummer that is small in stature (someone under 125 lbs. is ideal) and has a loud, enthusiastic voice. Put lighter, more experienced paddlers or paddlers with good timing and self‐control in the front; heavier, stronger paddlers in the middle; and lighter, taller paddlers with good endurance in the rear. Balance the boat side‐to‐side and front-to‐back as best possible. The steersperson and/or coach will also help you, if needed.
  • Review safety and commands prior to entering the boat.