Become a Member of Tacoma Dragon Boat Association First three practices to try us out are FREE! Drop by one of our practices or email us ahead of time. Membership dues are just $100 per year. Email us of your interest or drop by one of our practices. To join, Just complete a membership form and a waiver and send them in an email to us indicating your interest. Great exercise with a unique view of the great NW!

For Membership Contact:

contactTacoma Dragon Boat Association

at Johnny's Dock Resturant and Marina

1900 East D Street.Tacoma, Wa 98421


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Mailing Address:

Tacoma Dragon Boat Association (TDBA)

PO Box 64862

University Place, WA 98464

If you'd like to try dragon boating, please contact us. Participate in our ongoing practices, races, special events and outings, or just getting together for fun, excitement and adventures. Trips, events and races around the Pacific Northwest, up and down the West Coast or around the world.  It's totally up to you.

Dragon Boat racing is the fastest growing team sport in the world, with over 50 million paddlers and growing. While there is plenty to do, from helping to prepare the boats, to getting the crews safely in and out of the boats, to actually paddling in a race, or helping out at the start 
and finish lines.  Racing is where the paddles really hit the water. You'll have the opportunity to go to 6 - 8 races annually, or just a couple, or none at all. Like we said it's entirely your choice.

Practice Schedule: (We don't go out on days below 34 degrees, lightning, or winds over 15 miles an hour; otherwise, we usually paddle on.)

Saturdays: Arrive at Johnny's Dock 8:00 a.m., Leave dock 8:30 a.m. Return to dock 10:00 a.m.

Mondays & Wednesdays: Arrive at Johnny's Dock 5:30 p.m., Leave dock 6:00 p.m. Return to dock 7:00 p.m.

Sundays: Arrive at Johnny's Dock 4:00 p.m., Leave dock 4:30 p.m. Return to dock 5:30 p.m.

Special Events: Summer 2015

about1 July 17-19. Allyn Days and Geoduck Festival, Allyn WA, Dragon Boat Races wil be one of the many entertainments and will be held all day July 19. For more information go to the Allyn web site select Events > Allyn Days > Geoduck Festival. Note: The festvial organizers are solicting potential paddlers from the surrounding area and have a sign up page.

August 22, 2015 Pateros Dragon Boat Races, Pateros, WA. Hey! Are you fun loving, Adventuresome, Looking for something new and different to do? Do you love the water? Then you’re invited to be in the Pateros Dragon Boat Races and compete at Pateros on August 22, 2015.

What is a dragon boat? A dragon boat is a long, narrow canoe shaped boat for 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersman. Dragon boats will sport a large decorative dragon head and tail for the race events.

Why do we race dragon boats? In the United States, dragon boat racing is the fastest growing team sport in the United States and boasts over 50 million annual participants worldwide. It’s an exciting spectator sport as well as a terrific team building experience that people of all ages can participate and excel in. In China and other Asian countries, dragon boat races commemorate annual water rituals and festival celebrations in June.

What it cost to race? The team registration fee is $500, or about $25 per participant. This entitles you to a 2 hour team practice and 2-4 races on race day. All equipment for dragon boating is provided.

What is the schedule for team pactices? The practice schedule will be in Pateros on August 21. Times will be announced at a later date. All practices are about 2 hours long, open to the public and mandatory for race participants.

Who do we race? We encourage YOU to challenge your friends, neighbors, other schools, towns, ball teams, anyone you know that may be fun to compete against. The more teams we have, the more races there will be.

How do we sign up? To register for The Pateros Dragon Boat Races, get more information about teams and practices, please contact JONI PARKS at (509)670-8185 or e-mail You may pay team registration fee via the internet. You can also like us on Facebook: Pateros Dragon Boat Races.

Festival hosted annually in May by TDBA. The Tacoma News Tribune article on our May 16, 2015 Festival illustrates the fun!

Notice: Download 2015 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival Race Results

Great people, great fun, in the great NW!