Join 22 members of the Hervey Bay Dragon Boat Club for some fun and frivolity on the water at their come-and-try day on Saturday.
Join 22 members of the Hervey Bay Dragon Boat Club for some fun and frivolity on the water at their come-and-try day on Saturday. Contributed

Go and try dragon boat paddling on Saturday

AS SPECTACULAR as they look on the water, it's the fun and fellowship that takes place inside the Hervey Bay Dragon Boat Club boats that makes the sport so special, says president Jan Isbel.

The Urangan-based club has 22 members and now, with a 22-seat and 10-seat boat and two accredited sweeps, Ms Isbel said they were looking for more members to share in the fun.

The dragon boat is a long and narrow, canoe-style, human-powered boat that is used for fun and in the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing

"Now we are able to have two boats on the water during training, with one for competitive paddlers and the other for those who just want to paddle for exercise and fellowship," she said.

"To be able to do this we need more members.

"We are a friendly crew and enjoy our time on the water."

Ms Isbel said people of all fitness levels can have a go and the longer you do it, the fitter you'll become.

"It's a whole body workout. Your legs are the anchor, while the muscles in your arms, shoulders and back drag the paddle through the water.

"It's great for strengthening your abs and core and your endurance and stamina will quickly build from training several times a week."

Anyone interested in the sport is encouraged to go along to the club's come-and try day this Saturday on the beach behind the Torquay Markets, from 9am to noon.

The club also paddles twice a week at the Urangan Marina - on Thursday from 4.30pm on Sunday from 8am.

All you need is a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and boat shoes.

Email hbdragonboatclub@gmail.com or phone Ms Isbel on 0412 367 499.

Fast facts

  •  Dragon boats are the basis of the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing, a watersport which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers, which has been held for more than 2000 years throughout southern China.
  •  Dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.