The Tacoma Dragon Boat Association’s season is underway! Find out more about joining the team, practicing, participating in the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival and more! Paddles up!
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.
(We don’t go out on days below 34 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.
- Sundays: 4:30 – 5:30 p.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.
In addition to holding the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival, we also compete in dragon boat races in the Pacific Northwest and other locations. Dragon boat racing is a lot of fun! 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!
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)
Well done, Destiny Dragons!
Up next: the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival on August 25 in British Columbia. Paddles up!
Thank you for a great 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!