This is Our Passion.
If you’re ever down at District Wharf on a warm Tuesday or Thursday evening in the summer, you might catch a glimpse of us as you gaze across the Potomac River…twenty paddlers, a steerer, and our coach in a long, canoe-like boat. You might even watch us, as we paddle back and forth in synchrony. Commands echoing across the harbor…”Paddles up!”…”Sit Ready!”…”Attention!” Paddles pierce the water and glisten in the setting sun…in together…out together…working as one. This is the sport of dragon boat racing.
This is our passion. And, this is what brings us together at DC Dragon Boat Club.
At DCDBC, we encourage our club members to be the best versions of themselves as we support physical fitness, camaraderie, leadership, and personal growth. There is a place for everyone in our club, whether you just want to come out and paddle once per week or to become an elite paddler, competing at the highest level at the World Championships. If you want it, DCDBC will help you get there through our world-class coaching sessions, skill-building, hard work, and effort. Anyone can be a dragon boat racer.
We invite you to come paddle with us, and hope to see you on the water!
Learn To Paddle
Come learn to paddle with us! No prior experience or equipment necessary and our paddlers come from all walks of life and every age bracket. Starting in April, we run beginner practice every Saturday from 9:00am to 10:30am. Interested? Check out our practice information for more details.
Race With Us
Want to experience the adrenaline rush of dragon boat racing? Our club participates in several races each season, both in the DC area and across the country. With some of the most talented dragon boat coaches in the DC area, you’ll gain top-notch instruction and race with other committed athletes.
CAN YOU BELIEVE – WE DO ALL THIS FOR ONLY $150 A YEAR
Yearly memberships fees are $150 a paddler and $100 for students. Out of town memberships are $75.
Should you feel generous, DCDBC is always thankful for any extra funds we can acquire. Donate here with this form.
Dragon Boat History
A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s southern Guangdong Province out of wood to various designs and sizes. It is one of a family of Traditional Paddled Long Boats found throughout Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Dragon boats are the basis of the team-paddling sport of dragon boat racing, an amateur watersport which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual that contending villagers held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China. While ‘competition’ has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of religious ceremonies and folk customs, dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.
The DC Dragon Boat Club practices at The Wharf.
975 Wharf Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
When you first arrive, look for a bunch of paddlers gathered in front of Shake Shack. The Wharf is conveniently located along Maine Avenue in Southwest DC, just a short walkable distance from the Washington Monument / National Mall, across from East Potomac / Hains Point Park, or a short walk from either the Waterfront or L’enfant metro stations.
Parking Information During Practice Hours
Street parking is available on Water Street & Maine Avenue with 2-hour meters now enforced from 7am-midnight, Mon-Sat. Sunday Parking is free. You can park for free for two hours on the adjacent 4th street and 6th street, as well as further along Maine Avenue toward the Waterfront metro station. These parking areas are within 200-300 meters from The Marina. See the map below for parking.
From the Waterfront/SEU Metro: Exit the Metro Station & turn Right on M Street, which turns into Maine Ave. Cross the street to your Left, onto 6th St, toward the waterfront. DC Dragon Boat Club is located at The Wharf. We meet in front of the Shake Shack.
From the Circulator Bus, Convention-Waterfront Line: The Circulator Bus runs daily, every 10 minutes, from the convention center with stops along the way through the city. Disembark at the last stop in the direction of SW Waterfront.
From I-395, Virginia/Maryland: Take I-395 North toward Washington, D.C., cross the 14th Street bridge. Take the exit to Maine Avenue and keep to the right which puts you on 9th Street, SW. At the traffic light, go straight through the intersection to Water Street, SW and then turn left.
From New York Avenue, 7th Street NW, the National Mall: Follow New York Avenue into Washington, D.C., follow signs toward Massachusetts Avenue. Before reaching Massachusetts Ave., turn left onto 7th Street, NW and take 7th Street south across the Mall. 7th Street ends at Water Street, SW. Turn left on Water Street.