Our 2021 Festival has been
postponed until further notice.

Sign Waivers

Anyone and everyone going out onto the water for training or a practice must have an electronically signed waiver on file before they will be allowed to get into a boat.  It is imperative that each member of your team electronically signs his or her waiver as soon as possible.  This includes your team's steersperson, drummer and alternates as well as a steersperson, drummer or coach hired by your team.  

A recent web site system upgrade allows us to continuously view whether or not teams have completed their waivers. We will review a team's roster prior to 8:00 AM each morning and those team members who have not signed their waivers by that time will not be permitted to go out for their practice. NO EXCEPTIONS.   

No hard copies will be accepted.


How to electronically sign your Waiver:

When you (a paddler, steersperson, drummer, alternate, or coach) are invited to join your team, an email is sent to you which provides information for you to electronically sign your waiver on our website.  To do this each team member should sign into the system using the PADDLER'S LOGIN tab at the top of the site and in the Team Members section each member will be able to sign their waiver and update their information as they see fit.

If you or any of your team members experience problems with this system, please file a support ticket using our online support system.


It's wet, it's wild, it's an experience your team will never forget!

The world's fastest growing water sport is also the most exciting. Twenty paddlers move in unison, combining strength with teamwork in a boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China. Dragon Boat Racing is a great sport for men and women of all ages and abilities. Anyone can do it and have fun!

Teamwork is everything in Dragon Boat Racing

Synchronicity is more important than strength. A perfectly synchronized team will almost always beat a stronger, but less coordinated team.

The Crew

A maximum of 20 paddlers, with a steersperson (cox) and a drummer.  Teams entering the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival must have a mixed crew with a minimum of 8 female paddlers in the boat.

What is a Drummer?

The drummer sits at the bow or front of the boat on a wooden seat.  He or she will assist in setting the timing for the team by keying off the two paddlers at the front of the boat better known as the stroke.  A good drummer can be a valuable asset to a team.  Essentially they are the heartbeat of the dragon and could be an excellent source of motivation and inspiration during the race.

Your drummer and other members of your team are invited and encouraged to attend our Training Clinics for drummers during May and June.

What is a Steersperson?

The steersperson stands at the back of the boat and steers the crew with a long oar.  He or she is the captain of the dragon boat. When a decision concerning the safety of the crew is required, it is the steersperson who makes it. He or she will consult with the drummer and/or team captain, but the steersperson has the final word on the water.

Do you want to learn more about our Dragon Boat Festival? If so, sign up for our mailing list and receive Race Day information and notification of upcoming events and practices.

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