Paddle Power for Greater Port Stephens Dragon Boat Club

The crew warming up.
The crew warming up.

 

PADDLING is powering on at the new Greater Port Stephens Dragon Boat Club.

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Founder of the Club Andrew Downey told News Of The Area, “We now have a good core group of paddlers and there is also a group of ladies from Lemon Tree Passage that are getting into the sport, of course, more people are welcome to join the Club.”

The Club is based at Taylors Beach where the calm waters make ideal conditions for paddling.

With the paddlers going out most Saturday mornings at 8.00am.

“Each session starts with a fun warm up on the shore before the group launches into the waters,” he said.

While the Club is on the water they are using boats that have been retired from the Port Macquarie Dragon Boat Club, in the long term they will be looking to update the equipment.

Dragon Boats are a real team activity, everyone has to work together.

The 20 paddlers keep in time with their strokes to the beat of the drummer and the sweep steers the boat.

While most of the paddlers that have signed up are adults Dragon Boating is suitable for children over 12 years of age.

There are social and competition regattas available to the teams with the majority of paddles being either 500 or 200 meters in length.

If you would like to get involved in this exciting sport that is now available on the waters of Port Stephens please contact Andrew Downey on 0438 906 700.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

 

Paddling.
Paddling.

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