What to Bring
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Bring $20 - this covers your equipment hire, qualified coaches and some refreshments at the end (on official Newbie Days)
Most people wear shorts and a sleeveless t-shirt in the boat. Only wear stuff you’re happy to get wet
Old sandals, flip flops, reef shoes or wetsuit booties are a very good idea as there are sometimes sharp rocks around the beach area
Bring an appropriate factor sunscreen (even if its not sunny the sun still gets through those clouds)
Caps and shades are advisable, but leave your Guccis at home!
Always bring a large bottle of water - 2-3L is advised, especially if it's hot!
Health & Fitness
As dragon boating involves muscular and aerobic activity you do need to be in reasonably good health to paddle. We will always do our best to accommate any disabilities but please get in touch beforehand.
Don't worry if you don't consider yourself "fit", dragonboating is a great way to get in to shape!
Age is no factor – we’ve had paddlers from ages 16 to 60+ in our boats.
You should be able to swim at least 50 metres (although we hope we never have to put this to the test).
Life jackets must be worn at all times while on the water – these will be provided for you.
In the very, very unlikely event of the boat capsizing, stay with the boat and your buddy and remain calm.
You will get wet (it is a splashy sport!).
If it rains we still paddle (you’re going to get wet anyway) so still come down - the water's warm!
The only time we don't go out is if there is lightning - specifically if there's cloud to ground lightning
This is known as a Cat 1 storm and is monitored by the National Environment Agency - there's a big orange flashing light in the nursery and if it's on, we don't go out and if we're already out, we head back to shore.