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The Canadian Dragons are a competitive dragon boat team who welcome all new paddlers. Experience is not required, and while physical fitness is a key component of the sport, people of all levels of fitness, age, nationality and interest are welcome to pick up a paddle and join us in the boat.

Not only is our club a great way to stay fit, it is also a gateway to new, lifelong friends and amazing adventures. We participate in events both inside and outside of Singapore’s borders and have organized trips ranging from wakeboarding in Indonesia to climbing to Everest base camp.

Although our club was founded in 1989 by a group of Canadian businessmen, you don’t have to be Canadian to join the team. In typical Canadian fashion, we are a welcoming bunch and have members from the world over. From Australians to Vietnamese, Americans to Russians, Brazilians to Singaporean all are welcome to grab a paddle, strap on a life vest and have an amazing time with us on the water and a drink or two on the beach after.

With its roots in ancient Chinese legend, dragon boating is a traditional canoe discipline with immense popularity the world over at both the recreational and competitive levels. The Chinese dragon — the classic version of which has the head of an ox, antlers of a deer, mane of a horse, body of a python, claws of a hawk and fins and tail of a fish — decorate the bow and stern of the long, narrow craft. The hull of the vessel is often painted with scales to represent a dragon’s body and the paddles symbolize its claws. The dragon boat is powered by a crew of either 10 or 20 paddlers, helmed by a coxswain and led by a drummer.

Interested? Email us, visit our Facebook page or jump to the Join Us section for important information about where to meet us and what to bring.

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Leadership Team

There are many people that volunteer to make the Canadian Dragons awesome.

Talk to anyone of them to find out how you can help out and get more involved.

Executive Committee

Manager – Benjamin Au

Treasurer – Foo Yong Yan

Secretary – Stacey Kwa

Assistant Manager – Astrid van der Wim

Operations Manager – Hazel Lin



Head Captain – Wann Redzwan

Men’s Captain – Ben Tillmann

Men’s Assistant Captain – Francis Panganiban

Women’s Captain – Hailey Tan

Women’s Assistant Captain – May Ong



Haikal Abdullah Al Shammari, Gavyn Holker, Alicia Koh


Pull up Challenge

Rabobank has made a pledge to donate 30,000 kg of food for 30,000 pull-ups for needy families in Singapore.

In support of this charitable event the Canadian Dragons of Singapore has pledged to muster 10,000 pull ups from their team, friends and community members. In exchange of meeting this target Rabobank has agreed to field a dragon boat team to compete in any race within the next 12 months.


Date & Time: Saturday 25th June 9am to 2pm

Venue: South Beach Tower


There will be plenty of activities for family and friends on the day and Rabobank has promised beer and meals to participants.

Every 30 pullups done by an individual will entitle them to an entry to a lucky draw for business class ticket with KLM and 3 days 2 nights at Mariott Bali stay in exotic Bali!


So whether its 1 pull up or 200, please pledge and look forward to hanging with you on the day (pun intended)

Sign up here and please add CDS before your name to show you’re signing up from the Canadian pledge!

For more information please visit Rabobank’s facebook event here




DBS Marina Bay Regatta 2016

It’s that time of the year again! Join us at beautiful Marina Bay, heart of the financial district for two weekends of thrilling Dragon Boat races.

Pop down to meet the team, see what we’re about and join us for a few beers after. Who knows you might just be sat next to us on the boat next year!



Venue : Marina Bay, tents will be at the end of Marina Bay Sands at corner with Marina Bay Financial Centre.

Date & Time : 28th – 29th May & 4th – 5th June ; 8am onwards (You can just pop in for a visit, no obligations to stay the whole stretch)

For more information click here



Country of Origins Outrigger Canoe Race

Want to represent Canada for the annual Country of Origins Outrigger Canoe Race?

The race will be hosted on 27th August 2016 at Tanjong Beach, Sentosa. We are taking any interested Canadians and will be more than happy to train you guys up in the coming months. If you’re interested please drop an email to ; and we’ll keep you updated on the training schedule.


Farewell to our High Commissioner!

The Canadian Chamber of Commence is hosting a farewell event for H.E. Heather Grant, High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore. During her time here she has shown her deep support for the Canadian Dragons by frequenting our events and helping us connect with potential sponsors and paddlers. We celebrate the four years she has dedicated to increasing Canada-Singapore bilateral relations and to building a stronger Canadian Community. Let’s gather the Canadian Community to send off H.E Heather Grant in the same way that she has shown her undivided commitment and devotion to us.

Time: 25th May 20166:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Arts (MoCA CaFE @ Loewen)  27 A Loewen Road, Singapore 248839 Parking lot available

*Cost: $80 Five Pillar Members; $90 for Non-Members (includes: buffet dinner + 1 wine + 1 beer)

Additional drinks may be purchased with CASH Corporate table (8 people) $850 (includes: banner placement, special mention, air conditioned VIP seating)

RSVP: Via email to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore


Practice Schedule

Saturday Practice
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Kallang Dragonboat Shed, 5 Stadium Road Singapore 397732


Sunday Practice
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Kallang Dragonboat Shed, 5 Stadium Road Singapore 397732


Thursday Hour of Power (Land training)
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Hong Lim Park (near Clarke Quay MRT Exit A)



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9 things to know for your first dragon boat race

First dragon boat race coming up?  Here are some do’s and don’ts…

  1. You will have to be there early.  Like really really early.  I know its the weekend, and usually that means sleeping in… but not on race day!  Every race is different, but Captains will require you to be there early – usually well before 8am. Be there on time. If you are late, Captains will have to shuffle crews based on the assumption that you aren’t showing up that day.
  2. The paddlers can change from race to race.  So, you may be in one boat and then not in the next.  Captains change the paddlers in a boat for various reasons.  Generally, they are trying to balance participation, competitiveness, fitness and race sequencing.  If you have issues with any of the lines set out – please approach the captains privately and ask why.  They will be happy to explain.
  3. Most of your day will be spent waiting.  Waiting in the tent for your race call.  Waiting in queue for them to call you to the boats. Waiting at the start line for the other boats to line up. Waiting for the announcement of what position you finished. Lots of waiting. You will quickly learn how fun waiting can be.
  4. Come prepared.  Bring your paddle and lifejacket (which you should have picked up during your last practice).  Bring a few snacks.  Bring sunscreen.   Optional: Bring umbrella/gloves/hat/sunglasses/butt pad if you are used to paddling with them, yoga mats/blankets to rest on, book/technology to pass the time, guitar/sports equipment/board games to play with, camera to document all that is going on around you. Oh, and you.  Bring you. On time :)
  5. Races NEVER go according to schedule.  Sometimes they are early, sometimes they are late.  Someimtes they skip races altogether (usually due to inclement weather).  For this reason, it is impossible to know when exactly you will be racing.  It is also for this reason that Captains need to know if you go anywhere (yes, including if you are just going the washroom).  It might feel like kindergarten…. but its important that you tell someone when you go to the washroom or to get food or to make out with your partner. Preferably the captain of the boat in your next race.
  6. Its hot out there!  Especially if its a sunny day.  Though, really, its still hot even if its overcast!  Drink lots of water.  Put on sunscreen every couple of hours.  Eat small amounts throughout the day (even when lunch arrives – don’t eat too much!). We have had people get heat stroke or not be able to race due to food cramps at races – please don’t let that be you.
  7. For races you need to wear a life jacket, jersey, shorts and shoes.  Shoes can come off once you settled in  boat – but must be worn getting in/out of the boat.  Jerseys, shorts and lifejackets must be worn for the duration of the time you are on the water.
  8. When you are in the boat – listen to the cox.  If the race starter tells our boat to do something… Don’t!  Unless our cox asks us to. Our coxes know what they are doing. They usually have a grand startline plan that we don’t know about.  Listen to them – over and above everyone else.
  9. Have fun!  That is the whole point… right?  You are there to have fun!  It is a competiive environment – but, the Canadian dragons are famous for doing better in on the water when they are happy and relaxed off the water. So, make the most of it.
  10. Thanks for racing with us!

In a dragon boat race…

It gets quiet on the water.
Waiting while the sun beats down, watching the previous race churn down the lanes, subconsciously counting their start in your head.

Before you know it, you’re paddling to the start line, your teammates are patting you on the back or shoulder, words of confidence and encouragement floating back and forth.
While the steersperson straightens the boat, the pacers uphold tradition and splash the dragon.

The boat next to you takes a little longer to straighten their boat; you and your teammates are in hold position, waiting.

You sit quietly for a moment, trying to calm your nerves, slow the heartbeat.
Then you look up at your drummer and she looks back and grins.

Standby! Are you ready!
You lean forward, paddle poised and ready as all of your coach’s mantras flip through your head: don’t look on the blade anymore; you don’t need to see, you need to feeeel.

All the paddlers collectively inhale.
There’s only a fraction of a second to contemplate the lack of noise before the horn goes off. Somewhere at the back of your mind, your brain registers that the horn is important and you must do something – but your body is already moving. Hours of practice move your muscles, focusing the strength on the blade, everyone moving together. The boat surges with each stroke.

Halfway and inevitably, the thoughts appear in your head:
It’s so hot
I’m so tired
The finish line is still so far…
Are we there yet???

Banishing them by putting more power on the blade and yelling encouragement to your teammates, a previously agreed “TWIST!!” escapes your lips and gains followers down the boat.

Close to the second last buoy your steersperson calls the charge.
When you thought you had no energy left, nothing more to give, you rise to the call.
The boat surges as your teammates do the same, your drummer is going nuts on the drum and yelling encouragement. The pace picks up, but the finish line seems to be approaching too slowly.
Within your periphery, boats on either side surge with their charges; the combination of camaraderie and a desire to win overcomes exhaustion.

Almost there! Keep going! Longerrrrr!  Everything!!!

That’s what you are giving – everything.

Then it’s all over.
In less than three minutes.

You glance left.  Glance right.  And start to cheer – you won  your race.  And it was all sooooooooooooo worth it.