About Exercise, Injury Prevention and Training
Dragon Boat Charleston promotes the health and fitness of cancer survivors and the community. Read below for information on exercise, injury prevention and training. Always get a doctor's advice before you start any training program!
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What Our Paddlers Are Saying About DBC
"I had no idea when I started paddling with DBC that it would become an essential part of my life. What started as having fun on the water in 2003 blossomed into a network of friends and a support group that kept me sane as I underwent surgery and chemo in 2005 and again in 2007. It’s an escape from the horrors of cancer, where I am accepted whether I am strong or weak."
"DBC provides a community that accepts everyone where they are physically, as well as emotionally, and allows them to fully participate in a true sport as a team member. Paddling provides a positive challenge for physical and emotional growth, combined with the beauty of the outdoors and just plain fun. It’s good medicine."
"Having cancer revealed my physical vulnerability, produced great fear, and threatened my mortality. DBC enhances my physical strength and makes me fearless. The peacefulness of the water, the drum beating in time with my heart, and the communion between paddlers who have all faced a fearful foe, makes me feel immortal."
"Water is an integral part of the Lowcountry. Getting outside to exercise is important for physical health and mental well-being. A person who has had surgery, been stuck in the infusion room or under a radiation machine (cut, poisoned and burned) doesn’t feel like doing anything. It sucks the strength from a person. You feel that you will never feel human again. You feel ruined. Dragon boating is an opportunity to get outdoors and become one with your body again. You start to feel like maybe you can overcome the cancer toll. You note your surroundings and realize what a great lifestyle the Lowcountry has. The exercise helps build your stamina and brightens your outlook on the future."
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Dragon Boat Charleston News & Events
August 21, 2019
DBC is happy to announce the addition of a full-time Program Coordinator to our organization in Charleston. It is a work-from-home role with an “outdoor office” […]
January 22, 2019
Thank you for your interest and support of Dragon Boat Charleston and our annual event that helps support our mission – the 12th Annual Dragon Boat […]
January 22, 2019
Sitting in a doctor’s office in 2011, Laura Francis had no way of knowing her future would include capturing gold in an international boat racing competition. […]