Dragon Boating originated in China and has now become a global sport. Typically boats have 18-20 paddlers, a helm and a drummer, however any even number of paddlers will suffice for a fun day on the water.

Here’s a short video to demonstrate the paddling technique:

Breast cancer survivors’ dragon boating is an international movement inspired by the research of Canadian sports medicine specialist Don McKenzie. Research strongly suggests that dragon boating helps with improving wellness and post-treatment quality of life. This led to the setup of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission, an international organisation whose mandate is to encourage the establishment of breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness.

For some more information on the benefits of dragon boating for breast cancer survivors see the page on Dragon Boating and Breast Cancer