Put simply, Dragon Boat is a competitive, team-based boat racing sport. Rooted in Chinese mythology, it has become a way for people of all backgrounds to find fun and motivation on the water. The boat itself seats 22 paddlers, is made out of teak or fiberglass, and is typically adorned with dragon-like features. Sign up for try-outs by clicking the button above!
1 caller sits at the bow, or front of the boat. They act as a metronome and keep all paddlers in time with verbal calls while beating a drum.
10 benches and 2 paddlers per bench makes 20 total paddlers. We work as one, cohesive team to propel the boat across the finish line.
the steers person
1 steersperson stands in the back of the boat, or the stern. They are in charge of keeping the boat moving in the right direction, and can also reinforce the caller's commands.
WHO ARE WE?
Founded in 2005, the University of Southern California Dragon Boat team is a competitive collegiate team and is entirely student-run and self-supported. The club team aims to promote power, technique and endurance by practicing on the water every Saturday and Sunday morning and working out weekday evenings. Check out more a more detailed workout schedule in our "Training" tab.
From freshmen to master students, Viterbi to Roski, SoCal-raised to international, our team is one of the most diverse teams in Southern California. In addition to attending scheduled practices and workouts, team members often spend time at the gym with their “workout buddies” or bonding at team socials.
All hopeful paddlers, whether beginners or veterans, are welcome!