The Tacoma Dragon Boat Association’s 2017 season is underway! Find out more about joining the team, practicing, participating in the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival on May 20 and more! Paddles up!

Rainier Dragon Boat Festival – May 20, 2017 – Be There!

Photo of Rainier Dragon Boat FestivalTDBA is pleased to present our annual Rainier Dragon Boat Festival on May 20, 2017 on the waterfront in beautiful downtown Tacoma, WA!

This regatta has become one of the premier dragon boat events in the Pacific Northwest. Along with many competitive teams from around the Pacific NW, we’re inviting Corporate and Community teams from around Tacoma to join us for a day of team building, fun and fitness! 

Thank you to Multicare Health System for sponsoring this event!

Please see the race page for registration information, including online payment options.

For questions about the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival registration, please contact Shiela Marsh, Rainier DB Festival Race Registrar at or 253.302.0316 and leave a message. Thank you and see you there!



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.

Photo of dragon boat practicePractice Schedule

(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. — With the start of spring, we’re resuming Sunday practices! The Sunday sessions are a little less strenuous and are great for those getting back into paddling shape after a winter off and for paddlers new to the sport.

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!