Anyone wishing to
paddle should submit their names via "Paddling Session" link....
the first session each day will meet at the Bowling Club and be required
to launch the boat...the second session will meet at the boat ramp and
be required to house the boat.
Dragon Boat paddling has a unique style. While some paddlers will be joining the club as recreational paddlers, others will be joining to compete in regattas, and then there will be a group somewhere in between.
So to start everyone paddling correctly, listed below is the "Paddling Technique" as described in the "Sweep Training Guidlines".
Please try this technique on a chair at home (perhaps in front of a mirror), so that you become familiar with the correct style when you are in the dragon boat.
Paddlers should sit offset, with their "butts" against the gunwales (side of the boat). The outside leg should be forward and the foot (heel) placed firmly on the bottom of the dragon boat (this allows the paddler to power off the leg at the start of the stroke).
Power in paddling does NOT come from the arms, it comes from TRUNK ROTATION, with the arms little more than linkage between power source and paddle. Paddling a dragon boat does not come from brut force, it comes from the right stroke being applied in the right direction at the right time - done with coordination and balance.
The most efficient
propulsive stroke runs close to and parallel to the hull. Several points
must be emphasised such as:
> sit up,
with slight forward lean;
too tightly relax;
Further info can be found here:
If you wish to do any additional training to compliment your paddling, have a look at this Exercise Guide