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Tips & Commands

HOW TO SIT IN THE BOAT

  • Outside hip forward
  • Inside hip back
  • Outside leg extended along the gunwale (inside top rail of the boat)
  • Inside foot under the seat or braced effectively and comfortably

SEVEN STEPS OF DRAGON BOAT PADDLING TECHNIQUE

  • Rotation
  • Reach Extension
  • Top Arm Drive (stab the water)
  • Catch: powerfully drive the paddle into the water at approx. a 45 degree angle, burying the entire blade into the water-your hand should get wet.
  • Pull water with the entire blade until you get to just behind your knee
  • Exit: get that paddle straight up and out of the water quickly, no further back than your hip
  • Recovery: snap the paddle back into the paddles up position for the next catch
  • Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IL8bGKKICc

DRAGON BOAT PADDLING COMMANDS

  • Paddles Up: Be ready to paddle. All paddlers with paddles above the water (3-6 inches from the surface) ready to enter the water.
  • Take it Away or Go: Begin paddling.
  • Let it Run: Stop paddling and let the boat glide.
  • Hold the Boat or Stop the Boat: Place paddles in the water, with paddle pointed straight down, blade submerged. It will bring the boat to a stop. If you hear the command, "Hold hard," quickly put your paddle straight down and then back it up one stroke.
  • Back it Down: Paddle backwards.
  • Draw (left or right side): Initiates a turn using draw strokes by the designated paddlers. Can also be used to get the boat closer to something, a dock, for example.
  • Stabilize/Brace the Boat: Place your paddle blade on top of the water and hold it there. This stabilizes the boat. It is needed when anyone stands up in the boat to change position, etc.

Note: Your coach/steerer will brief you about these commands before your practice. In the boat, when the coach is talking, please continue to paddle and listen. Never stop paddling unless your coach says, "Let it run."