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Whether you want to test the waters, learn the basics, or jump on a racing team, we've got a seat for you!
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Are you a Guest - this is for you!
Just want to give it a try? Email Sarah@dragonboatcharleston.org
Want to learn about our introductory sessions for cancer survivors?
P.A.T.H. is for you. Scroll down to learn more.
Paddle. Achieve. Transform. Heal.
P.A.T.H. is DBC’s free outreach program for cancer patients and survivors in the local communities of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Participants enjoy a private group setting learning the basics of dragon boating and creating support for one another. The program begins with an orientation session followed by group training sessions.
Those interested in participating should contact Sarah Evans.
Getting involved with Dragon Boat Charleston is not only good for your health and fitness, but it is fun! To help get everyone started, we host a Novice Program several times a year. It's a great way for our new members to learn the basics and get to know one another!
People join Dragon Boat Charleston for a variety of reasons... support, paddling, improving their overall health and achieving personal goals. Some members prefer a relaxing sunset paddle; others are looking for international competition. Most of our members prefer a little of both!
You do not need to join a team to paddle with us! But for those looking for competition, we have a number of teams that paddle in regional, national and international events.
All Cancer Survivor (ACS) – the Awakened Dragons are adults who have had any type of cancer. DBC is proud to be the first-known all cancer survivor team in the U.S. We are thrilled that ACS teams are now popping up all over!
Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS)– The Paddles and Pearls team is made up of breast cancer survivors. This is the most common type of team. The first BCS team started in 1996 in Vancouver. There are now more than 140 BCS teams in 12 countries around the world.
Senior Women’s – The Holy City Silver Dragons are women over 50. The team includes community paddlers and cancer survivors.
Men’s – Charleston Thunder is made up of all men, of all ages. Some are caner survivors and some are community paddlers.
Outreach – The Eye of the Dragon is for our newest cancer survivors joining us through our P.A.T.H. program.
Because we have such a wide variety of members, we also developed mixed teams for competition.
Frequently Asked Questions
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."