Saturday, October 6, 2018


New Team Orientation Clinic
  During April/May on Outside Patio of Lloyd Hall 
Team Captains should Contact Therese Carter directly to schedule at trayscart@verizon.net.

All teams that are new to the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival are strongly encouraged to attend a New Team Orientation Clinic.  The purpose of this clinic is to give the entire team helpful information regarding logistics around practices and raceday. This is a how to of getting 20 plus individuals on board as a team equipped with all the off water background knowledge needed to get them from registration through their first Festival. As most communication throughout the season is through the captain this clinic was designed to allow the entire team to attend so that everyone is hearing the same information and expectations around their participation in both practices and raceday.   Everyone on the team is encouraged to ask questions/voice any concerns during this time so then they are fully prepared and can use practice time to focus on paddling and not logistics.  Clinics last from 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the teams needs.

Some of the Topics Discussed:

  • Dragon Boat equipment/dress
  • Safety on the water
  • Paddler Seating/Weight Distribution
  • Practice Protocol
    -  Loading/Unloading of Boats
    -  Equipment Use/Storage
    -  Start and End Times
  • Raceday
    -  Structure of races (placement/timing)
    -  Tent Setup – Grills/Chairs/Tables/Food
    -  Miscellaneous Survival Tips to be sure you have a Fun Race Day
  • Quick overview of Dragonboat commands/terms

Drumming Clinic

This clinic is provided so drummers can learn how to lead their teams through practices and races. It is a two-part training session with Part 1 held on land and Part 2 held on the river in the dragonboat
Drummers learn how to lead their teams through practices and races by learning:
  •      The dynamics of the Dragon Boat stroke
  •      Drills to increase the team's strength and ability to paddle together
  •      Race strategies
  •      Rules of the river
  •      And more!
ALL drummers are invited to attend, as well as back-up drummers and/or captains. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Contact: Please check back. More to come!

Captain's Meetings
Returning and New  Captains are strongly encouraged to attend one Captain’s Meeting per the schedule at Lloyd Hall on the 2nd Floor.  Team members are welcome!

At this time, you will meet our Coordinators of Steerspeople, Drummers, and New Team Pre-Water Clinics who will share with you new and important information regarding this year’s Pre-Festival Training.


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