The Tacoma Dragon Boat Association’s season is underway! Find out more about joining the team, practicing, participating in the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival, competing in races and more! Paddles up!
Save the date for the 2019 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival — May 18, 2019 in Tacoma!
We’re starting to plan for next year’s Rainier Dragon Boat Festival! Please save the date for Saturday, May 18, 2019 in beautiful Tacoma! More details to come.
Become a Member of the Tacoma Dragon Boat Association
Try dragon boating — the first three paddles with the Tacoma Dragon Boat Association are FREE! Drop by one of our practices or email us ahead of time. Membership dues are just $100 per year. It’s great exercise with a unique view of the beautiful Northwest! Learn more about joining the team here.
During the winter months, we practice three times per week. Members can come to as many practices as you like! (We don’t go out on days below 38 degrees, lightning, or winds over 15 miles an hour; otherwise, we usually paddle on).
- Mondays & Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturdays: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
We leave from Johnny’s Dock, 1900 East D. St. If you are new, please arrive 20 minutes early so you can sign your waiver and get your gear. See you there!
Power Paddle to Puyallup
What an incredible honor to paddle a dragon boat with Port of Tacoma officials and Tacoma leaders during the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Power Paddle to Puyallup! Find out more about this exciting event on our events page.
Club Crew World Championships in Hungary!
Congratulations to our Tacoma Dragon Boat Association paddlers competing with WAM in the 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championships Szeged, Hungary — and winning big! We are so proud of you!
In addition to holding the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival, we also compete in dragon boat races in the Pacific Northwest and other locations. Last year, we competed in races in Olympia, Salem, Kent, and Portland. Some members joined other dragon boat clubs and competed in Canada and Puerto Rico! In 2016, we raced in Fuzhou, China! Dragon boat racing is a lot of fun!
This year, we’ve competed in several dragon boat races:
- Saint Martin’s Dragon Boat Festival in Olympia (April 28)
- Salem World Beat Festival (June 30)
- Kent Cornucopia Days Dragon Boat Races (July 14)
- Victoria Dragon Boat Festival (August 11 and 12)
- Portland Dragon Boat Festival (September 8 and 9)
Well done, Destiny Dragons! Paddles up!
Thank you for a great 2018 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival!
Thank you for a great day of dragon boat racing at the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival! We appreciate all the dragon boat clubs and community teams who raced on the Foss Waterway! You did a terrific job! Thank you to the TDBA members who coached, raced and did all the things needed to put on this event — you rock! And thanks to the folks cheering on the paddlers — that makes a difference!