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Dragon Boating

What is Dragon Boating?

Dragon Boat Racing has ancient Chinese origins and its history has been traced back more than 2000 years. The first participants were superstitious Chinese villagers who celebrated the 5th day of the 5th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Racing was held to avert misfortune and encourage the rains needed for prosperity - and the object of their worship was the dragon. The dragon of Asia has traditionally been a symbol of water. It is said to rule the rivers and seas and dominate the clouds and rains.

Today Dragon Boat racing involves teams of up to twenty paddlers in a 40 foot boat with a drummer and helm, paddling frantically to beat the other teams down the course. The drums, shouting and colourful boats make it an impressive and exciting sport both to watch and to compete in.

Dragon Boating at Albany Outdoors

Why not try a Dragon Boat session for fun, fitness or event preparation. Maybe you have a team registered for this year's Kingston Rotary event? Are you a group, club or society who would like to enjoy some time afloat? Then come and dip your toes into the wonderful world of Dragon boating.

Possible health benefits of dragon boating:

  • Increase stamina 
  • Increased muscle endurance and strength
  • Stress reduction
  • Complete body workout
  • Improved mental health
What we provide

All equipment provided including buoyancy aids, instructor and safety boat cover. Price is per boat, maximum group size of 20 people per boat.

Visit our booking site for sessions, prices, dates and times


Albany Outdoors

For more information contact us:

Albany Outdoors
Albany Mews
Kingston upon Thames

Phone: 020 8549 3066

Email: [email protected]


Albany Outdoors