We rely heavily on Team Captains to manage their teams! Thank you for being a leader for this year's festival. As a Team Captain, we ask that you monitor and assist your team with the following:
- Ensure they properly register under YOUR TEAM NAME and that they register as a TEAMMATE.
- Ensure they understand the amount of their registration fee.
- Encourage them about fundraising! People who raise $100 or more can receive a participation medal at the festival!
- Be sure that your paddlers attend your two team practice sessions during PRACTICE WEEKS the two weeks before the Festival.
- Ensure that your paddlers do not over-consume alcohol the day of the event (Sign the Sober and Responsible Form).
- As a Team Captain, you must ensure that your paddlers or you send any checks to DBC at 1643 Savannah Highway Box 261, Charleston SC 29407. Once the checks are received by the Executive Director, the donations will be verified.
- As Team Captain, you must complete a Team Waiver by May 5, 2023 or your team may not participate. Team waivers can be emailed to staff or turned in at the check-in table during practice weeks.
- As Team Captain, please email your team bio no later than April 14 (you can assign another member of your team to write it if this is not a particular skill of yours!)
THE TEAM CAPTAINS MEETING AND DINNER TYPICALLY HAPPENS NEAR THE END OF FEBRUARY. MORE INFO (DATE AND LOCATION) WILL BE FORTHCOMING!! Please make EVERY effort to attend or send a representative for your team to this meeting. You can turn in forms, ask questions, and hear answers to other questions!! And... enjoy a little food and fun!
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."