In addition to holding the Rainier Dragon Boat Festival, we also compete in dragon boat races in the Pacific Northwest and other locations. In past years we have competed in races in Olympia, Salem, Kent, Portland, Victoria and Vancouver. Some members joined other dragon boat clubs and competed in Puerto Rico and Florida. In 2016, we raced in Fuzhou, China.


Showing off our gold medals in Victoria, BC in 2019.


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Destiny Dragons in Salem at the 2019 World Beat Festival.



Salish Dragons in Salem at the 2019 World Beat Festival. The Salish Dragons are a women’s team comprised of Gig Harbor Dragon and Destiny Dragon paddlers. Together we race, win and have fun!


Racing isn’t just about winning medals, the camaraderie created with other teams makes the sport fun and rewarding. Here we are in Victoria, BC with the Gig Harbor and Kent dragons.

Destiny Dragons at the 2018 Salem races. Our team won silver in the 10-man boat division.

Club Crew World Championships in Hungary

Congratulations to our Tacoma Dragon Boat Association paddlers competing with Washington Masters (WAM). They competed in the 11th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.

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! On Landing Day (July 28, 2018), the Tacoma Dragon Boat Association was the final boat to ask permission to come ashore and the only non-canoe. We could see some Canoe Families paddling and enjoyed every moment of this historic event! Thank you to the Tribe, Port, City and all involved in allowing us to participate! A moment to remember!

Tacoma Ocean Fest: June 10, 2018

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!

Tacoma Moon Festival

In 2016, we paddled to the Tacoma Moon Festival at Chinese Reconciliation Park and took festival goers on the water to paddle a dragon boat – very fun!