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 

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at Tacoma Ocean Fest and paddled a dragon boat! We appreciate your learning about this cool sport and hope to see you again on the water!

If you didn’t attend the festival but would like to try out dragon boating, join us for a practice! We practice on the Foss Waterway four times a week, and provide the vests, paddles and dragon boats. Your first 3 practices are free!

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 raced in the Salem World Beat Festival on June 30 and the Kent Cornucopia Days Dragon Boat Races on July 14. Well done, Destiny Dragons!

Third place in the 2018 Kent Dragon Boat Races! Fun!
Destiny Dragons won silver in the 10-person boat races in Salem. 2018 Team.