What can you expect during a typical event?
A typical Dragon Boat Event starts with a full Health & Safety briefing and shore side training for each team by their instructor before being allowed access to the boats. The emphasis on the day is very much about team building and competition, with each team getting a guaranteed (weather permitting or unless otherwise specified) three timed races in the qualifying rounds.
There will be music and running commentary throughout the event provided by your Event Manager. After each race has finished, the results and times are entered on the leader board so each team can compare their times. Not surprisingly, every time the leader board is updated, team members gather round and as the day progresses, the excitement and atmosphere steadily grows.
When all the qualifying rounds have been completed, we take each team’s single fastest time and use those times to rank all the teams in fastest time order. The teams which qualify for the Grand Final then race to the finish in one last and very dramatic battle to the line! At our larger events, this has involved as many as twelve dragon boats all sweeping towards the finish line together as each team strives to be first and recognised as Dragon Boat Champions.
The day finishes with an award ceremony where a winner’s trophy is presented to the Captain of the top team and specially cast First, Second and Third place 'Olympic style' Dragon Boat Medals are awarded to each member of the top three teams.
Although dragon boat racing may be the main activity, we can also organise additional activities and services such as changing marques, catering and entertainment to make your event a truly memorable day.