Where and when
NOTE: Paddlers need to be on-site 15 minutes prior to the on-water training time stipulated.
Bei Loon Training location and Training times are -
Further Training information is provided in the ‘Information/FAQ’ section of the website.
Paddling Technique -
Bei Loon adopts a 5 Step approach when explaining its paddling style
“SETUP” (“pause” at the front, extend the body, reach forward, twisting from the hips)
“CATCH” (drive the paddle down into the water before you start the power stroke)
“DRIVE” (plenty of top-hand power, paddle deep in the water, moving straight down the side of the boat)
“EXIT” (top hand quickly lifts the paddle out of the water without moving it outwards away from the boat)
“RETURN” (outside arm punches forward sharply to the straight-arm setup position ready to do it again).
Our Club Coaches adopt a consistent approach and are always available to provide guidance and answer paddler questions.
For a general paddling technique overview this VIDEO may assist Click Here.
Paddling as an exercise:
Spectators may think dragon boat racing is all about using the arms and shoulders, but for the most the power stems from the legs and body.
It is only at the start of a race, that dragon boat paddlers use short, quick strokes that use mostly arm strength to get the boat off to a fast start.
After that, although some arm strength is required, the paddlers will use a longer stroke that uses the whole body as leverage, where essentially you are pulling the water. You lean forward, sharply punch your paddle into the water, and then return to an upright position pulling the blade of the paddle against the water. This stroke uses the core muscles of your body (lumbar/abdominal region) and its these muscles that determine your strength and return to an upright position.
As you use your core muscles to sit upright, you also use your legs to push the boat. Have you ever stood on a swing leaned back and used your legs to push the swing to get it going? Although not quite the same, paddlers use their legs to push the boat, and many paddlers have experienced sore legs from training or races.
Dragon boat paddling is also a great cardiovascular/aerobics exercise especially when training.
Because Dragon Boat paddling strengthens your core muscles, many paddlers with back problems have found it beneficial, however always check with your doctor.
Capsize Video -
In the highly unlikely event of a boat capsize, there is a certain drill required to be undertaken by the crew.
Please refer to the explanatory VIDEO here
Introduction to Sweeping -
VIDEO from DBNSW here