Practice

COVID-19 Update: To ensure the health and safety of our members and in light of the governor’s orders and public health guidance around social distancing, TDBA has canceled all practices until further notice.


Don’t worry about coming to practice and keeping up with experienced paddlers, we all began as novices and our coaches will work to teach you technique and scale the practice to your needs. Above all, we love to get out on the water and have fun so come give dragon boating a try!

Saturday practice is generally an endurance paddle. New paddlers are encouraged to attend on Mon, Wed, or Sunday.

Practice schedule:

  • Monday 6 – 7 pm
  • Wednesday 6 – 7 pm
  • Saturday  8:30 – 10 am
  • Sunday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Please be aware that practices may be canceled due to the reasons listed below.

If you are new, please email us at tacomadragonboat@hotmail.com, so we know to look for you — thank you!

Practices start at the dock next to Johnny’s Dock restaurant, 1900 East D St in Tacoma.(map it)

Current team members should look at the website “Team Cowboy” before arriving to make sure the practice has not been canceled.

Please meet at Johnny’s Dock at least 15 minutes before practice time. If you are new, please arrive 20 minutes early so you can sign your waiver and get your gear. You can also print a waiver and bring it with you.

Paddles and life jackets are always available. Dress in layers, wear clothes that can get wet and bring a bottle of water.

Your first three paddles are free!

Rules for canceling a practice

If one of the following conditions exists two hours before a scheduled practice, the practice will be canceled:

  • When there are sustained winds exceeding 14 mph.
  • When the temperature is below 38 degrees Fahrenheit (check accuweather for zip code 98421).
  • When there is lightning.
  • When the air quality is rated Orange (AQI exceeding 100).
  • When fewer than 6 paddlers signed up as YES for the practice on Team Cowboy.

At the time of cancellation, Team Cowboy will be updated to reflect the practice is canceled, and an email will be sent out to all TDBA members.