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!

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 on Saturday! Thank you again to 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!

Photo of close dragon boat race
Lots of close races at the 2018 Rainier Dragon Boat Festival!


The race results are available on our Facebook page, according to each race. They also include photo finishes! Here’s an example of a photo finish from Race 37 – Mixed Final B. Gig Harbor Dragons finishes .05 seconds ahead of Kent Dragon Tails! Great job, everyone!

Photo of dragon boat finish
Gig Harbor Dragons wins by a nose!


Thank you again to MultiCare Health System, and CHI Franciscan Health,  and Tacoma Environmental Services for sponsoring this event!

Tacoma Ocean Fest on June 10

Flyer for Ocean Fest
Free fun at Tacoma Ocean Fest!

Join us for a fun day to celebrate, learn and protect our oceans at Tacoma Ocean Fest on Sunday, June 10 from 11 am – 4 pm at the Foss Waterway Seaport — free event!

If you’d like to try dragon boating, come to Ocean Fest! We’ll bring two dragon boats (plus paddles and vests), and you can paddle on the Foss Waterway! See you there! We’re also featured in the festival’s video — cool!

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 practice
We practice on the beautiful Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma.

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).

  • 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!


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 previous years, we raced in Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Montana — even Fuzhou, China!

We plan to race in the Kent Cornucopia Days Dragon Boat Races on July 14. Here’s more information about the Kent races.

Gold medal winners in the Victoria 2016 races!
Great team at the Salem 2016 race!