Meet our 2019 Dragon boat teams

Messages from teams looking for paddlers, and paddlers looking for teams, are posted on our 2019 teams section

Team NameContact InfoDescriptionPractice timesCurrently recruiting new members?
A list of Dragon boat teams currently paddling out of the False Creek Racing Canoe Club. Our boats leave from Alder Bay, Granville Island. Contact the team directly for further information or contact the dragon boat rep dragonboat@fcrcc or Club Adminstrator admin@fcrcc.comCome out and paddle with us. See Vancouver from the water, its amazing!All year roundSee individual teams
Abreast In The Citywww.abreastinaboat.comAbreast In A Boat is a team of 180+ breast cancer survivors paddling to raise awareness about breast cancer. Our crew is one of five Abreast In A Boat crews in the lower mainland. We paddle together, support, learn and laugh with each other.
What began as a medical study in 1996 has grown to inspire the formation of over 200 breast cancer survivor teams in 25 countries around the world.
We are a registered charitable society and our goal is to send a message of hope to people who have had a breast cancer diagnosis and to all those who support them.
Wednesday evenings (6:15pm to 7:30 pm) and Saturday morning (9:30 am to 10:45 am)Yes
Dragon LadiesKevin Lutz
We are a competitive women's team that consists of a varied group of women of all ages. While we practice hard and are serious about the races, we also like to have fun and socialize All levels welcome as we have an excellent coach that can train new paddlers. Monday evening (6pm to 7:15pm) and Thursday evening (6pm to 7:15pm)Yes
False Creek GrandragonsRuth BorlandThe Grandragons was FCRCC's original senior's team. We have a coach and we are a mixed team of paddlers and love to enter in regattas and have fun. Monday and Thursday morningsYes
False Creek Premierwww.fcrccpremier.comThe FCRCC Premier Dragon Boat Program is the evolution of the very first dragon boat team in North America. Founded in 1985, the legacy has continued with numerous local, national and international accomplishments.
The mission statement of our program is: "To prepare premier dragon boat paddlers for international racing success in a vibrant team environment." To do this, we use several modes of training and are guided by two Internationally successful coaches and a pool of seasoned world-class veterans.
We are now recruiting:
The FCRCC Premier Dragon Boat Program is recruiting both men and women (aged 16+) to be a part of our crew for the 2019 season and beyond.
If you are a competitive-minded paddler who would like to take part in this exciting opportunity, we want to hear from you.
We train three times a week in dragon boat (Mon, Wed and Sun), twice a week in OC-6 (Tue and Sat) and one to three times a week in OC-1 (at various times)..
Come out and try two practices for free!
Three times per week in dragon boat (M,W,Sun), twice a week in OC6 (T,Th) and 1-3 times/week in OC1 Visit the Premier website for more informationYes - both men and women aged 16+
FCRCC Senior Masters 39+Karen LutzMission
To cultivate a competitive Senior A/B Dragon Boat paddling program which
will provide consistent training allowing paddlers to move seamlessly
through all racing age classes in conjunction with the highly successful
Premier and Senior C programs already established.

Program Goals
Goals of the program include:
★ Development of a comprehensive paddling program that allows paddlers
to perform their best in a fun and energetic environment
★ Qualify both Womens and Mixed crews to compete at the Canadian
National Championships in Regina, SK (July 2019)
★ Earn a top 5 finish for all crews at the Canadian National
Championships to win a berth for the IDBF Club Crew World Championships
(CCWC) in France for 2020
★ Podium finish for all crews at the IDBF CCWC
★ Continuation of program beyond 2020 to provide additional
competitive paddling opportunities as part of a comprehensive racing program

Coaching Team
The coaching team will consist of accomplished paddlers, world champions and
coaches from the FCRCC Premier Dragon Boat program, and Canadian National
team members. In addition to impressive resumes, all coaches will be
certified with Dragon Boat Canada.
Programming (Dragon Boat and OC workouts) will be provided by Kamini Jain,
two-time Olympian and multiple dragon boat and outrigger World Champion.
Monday 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Thursday 7:30 pm to 9 pm and Sunday 10 am to 11:15 am
HIM - Men on the WaterPaul Barton
HIM Dragonboat - Men on the Water is a program offered by Health Initiative for Men (HIM) for gay, bi, and other MSM. There is no cost to the program but we encourage a weekly donation. The program runs once a week (Saturdays in the Spring, Thursday evenings in the Summer). We encourage regular attendance for skills and endurance training. The social aspect of the program is also key, in a friendly and supportive environment. At the end of the Spring session we participate in a Dragon Boat Festival. So come out and be part of a team, meet some great guys, and enjoy the water! Saturday 10:45 amYes
O2PGilbert Chan 604-909-1178O2P is a diverse group of people who paddle to provide exercise for people with kidney disease, to raise public awareness of kidney disease and to have fun (both while paddling and at the dinner table). O2P competed at the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival in 2017 and at the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival in 2018. Although O2P is not travelling internationally in 2019, plans are already being made for a trip to an exotic dragon boat festival in 2020. Tuesday 7:30 pm to 8:45pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 11:15 amYes, we also welcome drop in paddlers
Off BalanceBrenda MitchellThe team is always looking for new team members who either live with Multiple Sclerosis or would love to volunteer to come and paddle with a team who really needs your help not only to load and unload the boat but also paddle with us. This year will be our 14th year on the water and we haven't missed a stroke. Sunday 10:15 am to noonYes
RGLDavid KliewerMixed teamWednesday evening 6:00 to 7:15 pm and Saturday morning 8:15 to 9:30 amYes
Saggin' DragonsHeidi Schmid4@gmail.comSaggin Dragons is a women’s competitive recreational team that has been paddling at FCRCC since 2000.
We are a well-organized team that trains to race and has fun in the progress. Our coach, Dave Wong provides a rigorous training plan and includes bi-weekly paddling sessions and technique video analysis. Off the water we host 3 social events and 1 charity event per year to keep paddling in perspective. We are a group of fit women spanning the decades who are motivated to hone technique, train regularly and enjoy the company of a supportive team.
Wednesday 6:00pm to 7:15 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 11:15 amYes
Saints Preserve UsSarah Bartnik ( Preserve Us (or just the SAINTS) is a supportive team of ladies that has a long history of dragon boat paddling and racing in Vancouver. We are a recreational team with the intent to do well in our division and we are looking for members to help us build a team that competes in one of the lower Recreational divisions.
The SAINTS are evolving this year and currently we are welcoming new paddlers. We are a good mix of paddling veterans and newer folk. We are happy to welcome potential paddlers with either some experience or brand-new paddlers who can commit to our season (March to July).
We are a team that wants every paddler to put effort into our practices and races; work on improving their abilities; be supportive of their teammates; want to make our team cohesive on the water; and focus on having a successful season each year.
We are looking for a commitment to attending as many practices as possible and our scheduled races. But being a SAINT is a part of your life, not your whole life, so we try to excuse the occasional practice absence (with notice) when a team member has scheduling conflicts. We are a fun-loving team and do enjoy toasting our success together after the races if we are celebrating a team victory.
Saturday noon to 1:45 pmYes - the Saints are evolving this year and are welcoming new paddlers
Senior Csrcteamboard@gmail.comWe are recruiting committed, competitive, 59+ aged male and female paddlers. Our Coach, Kamini Jain, is a two time Olympian and a coach of the Canadian National Senior C team. We compete to win at local, national and international regattas. We have earned Gold and Silver medals at the most recent CCWC IDBF championships in Szeged, Hungary.
Come out and train with us and join our exciting journey to the Canadian National Championships in 2019 and the Club Crew World Championships in France in 2020.
Come out and join us and help make our crews even stronger!
Sunday morning 9:30 am and Wednesday 7:30 pmYes
Starbucks WaveRunnerswaverunnersdragonboat@gmail.comThe Waverunners began as a team of friends from the University of British Columbia who paddled together for fun in 2000. 18 years later, we have become a more competitive and diverse team, including people from all different backgrounds.
We have enjoyed paddling competitively at festivals within North America and internationally, and are currently preparing to race in Hanover, Germany in June 2019. We are proud to be sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company since 2003 and represent Canada within the Starbucks dragon boat community.
Our team's mission statement:
We are a diverse team of paddlers working together towards the common goals of cohesion, advancement, competition and fun. We achieve and surpass our goals by committing to:
1. Drive our overall personal fitness
2. Strive to improving our standings over last year's races ~ we will be our best competition
3. Improve technique by mentoring, fostering and inspiring each other and being open to feedback
4. Always remember our driving passions to enjoy the sport and each other
Wednesday 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm and Saturday 10:15 am to 11:30 amNo
Team MomentumCaptain: Sharleen Dumont ( Team Manager: Anne Stevenson ( is a women's recreational Dragon boat team that have been in existence for 20+ years. As a diverse group of paddlers, we are continually working to improve our paddling and fitness while having fun! We practice regularly in preparation for regattas happening in the spring and summer months. We continually strive to build a supportive and cohesive team while sharing a fun filled sport.Monday 6:00pm to 7:15 pm and Wednesday 6:00 pm to 7:15 pmYes
The Eh TeamFor more information contact: Bill Redhead, at or call at 604-736-0785.
The Eh Team website at:
"The Eh Team" is a mixed seniors' dragon boat racing team. The team was founded in 2000 to initiate an expansion to the relatively new seniors' dragon boating racing community in Vancouver at that time.
The team's motto is "We paddle for fun; but we race to win." and to achieve that goal, team members have learned well how to combine the wisdom of their years with individual desires to win.

In addition to local regattas, the team has raced in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Penticton, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.
We welcome membership inquiries from fit seniors interested in broadening both their fitness and social horizons.
If you are interested in the sport but can't quite decide about it, why not come out for a couple of free sessions to experience the sport firsthand?

Wednesday 9:30 am to 10:45 am
Friday 9:30 am to 10:45 am