The Dragon Lake Paddlers are set to shove off for their fourth season of  fun.

The Dragon Lake Paddlers are set to shove off for their fourth season of fun.

Dragon boat back on water

  • Apr. 28, 2011 12:00 p.m.

The ice is off the lake and the Dragon Lake Paddlers are ready for their fourth season of fun.

 “Dragon boating is a sport for everyone,” coach Sarah Shipley said.

“It helps build core strength, upper body strength, coordination and a cardiovasuclar workout.”

In addition to the physical benefits of dragon boating, there is also the pleasure of being out on the water enjoying everything Dragon Lake has to offer.

This year the Dragon Lake Paddlers club is offering a recreational session for those people who want to paddle but aren’t interested in attending a Dragon Boat festival. 

The recreation team paddles once a week to learn all the skills of paddling and enjoy the social aspect of a team sport.

The competitive team paddles twice a week.

Each session, paddlers build on skills, speed and strength and will attend a race festival at the end of the summer.

The regular season will run June to October – or later, depending on the fall weather.

 Sessions run for 60 – 90 minutes, starting with warm up at 6:15 p.m, then on the water at 6:30 p.m.

All practices take place at Robert’s Roost on Gook Road, on the shores of Dragon Lake.

Recreational paddling goes on Monday evenings at 6:15 p.m.

Registration is $75.  Life jackets and paddles are provided.

Competitive paddling is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights and registration is $100.

For the month of May, interested people can come out and paddle for $2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The first paddle will be Tuesday, May 10.

 Life jackets and paddles are once again provided.

May 7 is Move for Health Day at West Fraser Timber Park.  

The Dragon Lake Paddlers will be holding paddling demonstrations, showing videos and accepting registrations.  

For information, call Sarah Shipley at 250-747-4414 or Cathy Briggs 250-747-1739.