Training Sessions

Come and Try Dragon Boating

Come and paddle on the best river in Australia. Grafton Dragon Boat Club welcomes all paddlers (12 years plus), all fitness levels and all abilities. Your first four paddling sessions are FREE.


Training Sessions

Our training sessions usually start at the Crown Hotel boat ramp for the Tuesday and Thursday sessions and the Kirchner Street (Corcoran Park) boat ramp for Saturday sessions. Please check the Events Calendar for any changes to venue or times.

Tuesday – 4.30pm & 5:30pm Prince Street boat ramp (near the Crown Hotel)

Thursday – 5:30pm Prince Street boat ramp (near the Crown Hotel)

Saturday – 8:00am Kirchner Street boat ramp (end of Villiers Street)

The Tuesday 4.30pm session is designed specifically for new paddlers, however if you are unable to make this session, please contact us and we will accommodate you in one of the other training sessions. Our training sessions cater for all levels of paddlers, whether you are seeking social, fitness or more intense competition.

In addition to the above sessions there will also be social paddles and regattas – please check the Calendar of Events for dates. Also feel free to join us for a coffee after the Saturday paddle to relax and get to know the other paddlers in the club.


What to bring to training sessions

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before a training session to warm up and to help unload the boat. New paddlers will need to allow enough time for initial training and safety briefing. Paddlers need to wear comfortable clothing. Dragon boating is a water sport and it is likely you will get at least a little wet. As you enter the boat, you may need to step into the water at the shoreline, so please wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. It is important to apply sunscreen, wear a hat and bring along a bottle of water. As you may get wet, it is recommended that you bring a towel and change of clothes

Map of training location at Prince Street boat ramp.


New paddlers are initially required to complete a waiver form for insurance purposes. Your coach will arrange for you to complete this form before your first training session.

After attending four sessions, if you wish to continue paddling with our club, then you are required to become a member of Grafton Dragon Boat Club and Dragon Boats NSW (our governing body). These memberships are renewed annually. Click here for membership information.

If you need any further information, please contact us.