The next novice course will be starting this weekend the 5th of July, and concluding next Saturday, the 12th. It’s been shortened slightly due to the World Youth Day Pilgrimage being on the 19th.

The details are below, if you have any friends or family who are keen to give paddling a go, get them to sign up today – there are still places available, and the more the merrier! 2008 is an exciting year for the PDs – we have paddlers travelling to Hamilton Island in June for the Hamilton Island Cup (affectionately known as "Hamo"), where they will compete against Outrigger crews from around Australia and the world. In addition, we have crews heading to the IDBF World Dragonboat Club Crew Championships in Penang, Malaysia, in August. Many of these paddlers were novices less than a year ago!

I am very pleased to announce that the next Novice Course will be held in July – sign up now to secure your spot, and experience three fun sessions in the dragonboats and our outrigger canoes!

Here are the details:

When and Where:
Session 1: Saturday 5th July, 2008 – Outrigger Canoeing from Glebe High School, Glebe, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Session 2: Saturday 12th July, 2008 – Dragonboating from Bank St, Pyrmont, 10:30am – 12:30am

You will need to attend both sessions.

You will spend one session learning about Dragonboat racing and one in the Outrigger Canoes. The Novice Course will take you through basic paddling technique and all the safety drills and information you need to get out and enjoy both of these exciting sports.

More information at


$50 for the Saturday sessions plus three "Try-Before-You-Buy" spots at our regular training sessions. The PDs train through winter, get started now in time for the next racing season. This cost is deducted from your club membership fee when you join.

It is recommended that you are able to swim at least 200m. PFDs (lifejackets) are available if you require one.

What to Bring:

You Will Get Wet, and we Paddle in the Rain!

Paddling in winter can be a little chilly, so wear light layers that keep you warm even if you get wet – things like thermals or even a wetsuit, a rain-proof jacket and a beanie are best.
Bring a bottle of water to drink, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear (crocs, reef shoes, thongs or old sneakers).
Remember a towel and some dry clothes to change into.

We will provide you with a paddle and any other equipment you need.

How to Get Involved:

Simply email Sarah Hudson to confirm your place! Your partner, friends and family are all welcome to join us (we have many family groups in the club).

Thanks for your interest and support, see you on the water!