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Dragon Boat Charleston

Dragon Boat Charleston (DBC) is made up of 200 members in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Some are cancer-survivors, some are community paddlers, some are Grand Masters (50+), some are premiere racers and some like to watch the sunset on the Ashley River. There is a boat for everyone at DBC!

DBC was founded in 2003 with the mission to promote physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community through dragon boating. DBC’s goals are:

  • To encourage healthy healing and healthy lifestyles through goal oriented exercise, good nutrition,education and fellowship
  • To support the beneficial effects of physical activity in survivorship through research
  • To provide a positive model for our community demonstrating courage, determination and team cooperation
  • To advance the sport of dragon boating

Whether you are an experienced paddler, a novice, 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 learn more about ways to get involved and learn how to paddle? Check out the "Join Us" page of our website and e-mail 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, the Bristol Marina, South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Crews Subaru, Trident Health, Select Health, Greystar, Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, Novus Architects, and NBM Construction.  We are extremely grateful for all of our supporters who make the cancer survivor programs of DBC possible.  

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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