Join the Fun & Become A Member
New and Renewing Members (of all shapes, sizes and ages!) are ALWAYS welcome with DBC! If you are a guest just trying out DBC or participating in a program -- just jump to the "Are You a Guest" section! (Please note, Festival participants should go to the FESTIVAL tab to register for the FESTIVAL. Thank you!)
Join/Renew Your DBC Membership
Become a DBC Member and Sign the New Waiver - To become a full DBC member, Community paddlers pay $125. Membership is free for cancer survivors.
Are you a Guest - this is for you!
Just planning to join for a five-time trial? Sure thing! Just sign the Guest Waiver HERE.
Paddle. Achieve. Transform. Heal.
Founded and nurtured by Sterling Hannah and Cindy Carter
The PATH program is made up of newly recruited cancer survivors who go through an annual 10-week orientation and training program that culminates in their participation as the Eye of the Dragon team at our Annual Dragon Boat Festival. The Program puts survivors on a forward PATH and results in many of our members staying part of the DBC Family for a lifetime.
The program takes place each year and begins in February. This is FREE and offered ONLY for cancer patients and survivors. Those interested in participating must register and sign-up by e-mailing Gail Stamm.
The Scarbrough Turn Around Paddle
In partnership with Berkeley County School District, DBC celebrates students who have overcome great challenges to become well-respected students by their teachers and other students. DBC attends the annual awards luncheon to meet the students and hear their stories as they receive their awards. Then, DBC invites all of the honored students to participate in a special paddling event at our location in Brittlebank Park. In the same way that they had to learn to overcome their challenges in life, they are reminded at the Turn Around paddle that with DBC, as in life, it is important to find a place where you are never alone.
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 twice a year. The Novice Program is a great way to offer instruction and coaching to our new members while allowing the new members a chance to get to know one another! The program is offered twice annually and meets for six sessions, typically twice a week for three weeks.
About Our Teams
People join Dragon Boat Charleston to improve or maintain their physical and mental health. With a Club of more than 100 paddlers, people vary in the amount of time spent being involved. Also, we have many people who practice several times a week yet never wish to participate in a race.
For those who wish to race, we have several teams that compete about four (4) times a season:
ACS = All Cancer Survivor – the Awakened Dragons are made up of people who have had any type of cancer. They compete against other “All Cancer” teams.
BCS = Breast Cancer Survivor – The Paddles and Pearls team is made up of breast cancer survivors. This is the most popular type of team since Dragon Boating was actually founded many years ago by a Canadian doctor who realized that the motions associated with the sport help breast cancer survivors heal more quickly.
Senior Women’s – The Holy City Silver Dragons team is made up of women who are over the age of 50. The people on the team are community paddlers and cancer survivors.
Men’s – The Charleston Thunder team is made up of all men, of all ages. These members are survivors and community paddlers.
Outreach – The Eye of the Dragon team is made up of newly recruited cancer survivors who go through a 10-week orientation and training program that culminates in their participation at our Annual Dragon Boat Festival.
Depending on the races that we enter, other DBC Mixed teams can be created. Typically, people like being associated with a team if they decide that they want to participate in races, but it is not the only way to be part of DBC.
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."