Dragons paddling

Dragon boats are long canoe-like vessels, fitted with a dragon head.

On special occasions, it also sports a tail.

The boats have up to 20 paddlers, a "sweep" on the back of the boat steering the boat with an oar, and often a drummer on the front beating to the rhythm of the paddlers.

When competing against other clubs, it is truly a spectacle to behold.

The Coorong Dragons Club is based at the Goolwa Aquatic Club, on Barrage Road at Goolwa, and paddles on the beautiful River Murray in the company of majestic pelicans, swans and waterfowl

Dragon boating is for men and women of all ages and abilities, and is great for general fitness

Two club holds evening training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30pm for 6.00pm on water, and those in attendance witness beautiful sunsets as an added bonus.

The Coorong Dragons promotes 'Fun, Fitness and Friendships with a Competitive Edge'.

The club has been represented over the years by members at the Pan Pacific Masters Games, Australian Masters, SA Masters, Nationals, State Titles and in Thailand and Bali with great results.

Four new sweeps have recently completed a training course for their role.

The club offers come and try sessions on Saturday mornings at 9am and welcomes all new prospective participants who would like to have a go.

Qualified coaches are at the ready, willing to help and support anyone keen to try the sport.

Paddles and life jackets are supplied, but participants need to bring a water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes or reef shoes.

Saturday sessions are followed by coffee at Cafe de Carlo in the Goolwa Shopping Complex on Hutchinson Street.

Members of the Coorong Dragons look forward to introducing newcomers to the wonderful world of Dragon Boating

For more information, visit www.dragonboatsa.com/clubs/coorong-dragons/ or contact the club by emailing coorongdragons@gmail.com or calling 0416 685 965 or 0457 458 996.