Our Mission

Promoting Physical & Mental Wellness Among Cancer Survivors and Their Community Through Dragon Boating.

Our Vision

Redefining Cancer Survivorship

Welcome to Dragon Boat Charleston

Whether you are an experienced paddler, a “newbie,” a cancer-survivor or community paddler, we have a boat for you. Since 2003, DBC has been enjoying the beautiful Ashley River and the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boating. 

DBC has been paddling hard since 2003 with the mission of promoting physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community. DBC members can be seen almost any day of the week on the river, preparing for upcoming races, pushing themselves to physical limits or enjoying the sunset while on a paddling break. 

DBC participates in 5-6 races per year, has off-season programs like yoga and nutrition classes and numerous social and recreational gatherings throughout the year. Some call it a “floating support group,” some call it a family. Whatever it is…it’s fun! You’ve got to check it out!  

Want to see what it's all about and join us on the water? Check out the "Join Us" page to learn about the different ways to paddle with us! Email Monica at monica@dragonboatcharleston.org to sign up.

DBC is supported by the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival and by generous community and business partners, including MUSC, Ingevity, SCFCU, the Bristol Marina, Crews Subaru, Trident Health, Greystar, Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, NBM Construction, Select Health, Novus Architects, and so many others. We are extremely grateful for all of our supporters who make the cancer survivor programs of DBC possible. Please click on News & Accomplishments for a list of our recent activities. 

Get Strong & Healthy

Stay in shape with our nutrition, exercise and community resources!

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Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

Learn about our festival, which raises over $155,000 towards cancer survivor programs!

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Dragon Boat Festival

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Come join the fun! New members (of all shapes, sizes, and ages!) are ALWAYS welcome with DBC!

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As a 501(c)3, DBC relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors to help fund its programs for the Charleston community.


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Mailing Address:  DBC, 1643 Savannah Hwy. #261, Charleston, SC 29407