Austin Dragon Boat and Paddle Festival

Austin Dragon Boat and Paddle Festival Come race at the Austin Dragon Boat Festival at Festival Beach on April 28-29, 2018.
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Operating as usual

02/05/2021

As was probably expected, we will not be holding a festival in 2021 due to the pandemic. Stay safe and cross your fingers for next year!

04/24/2020

The weather looks to be beautiful this weekend and would've been perfect for the race! Stay safe, everyone!

03/11/2020

We're sorry to announce that we've come to the decision of cancelling the 2020 Austin Dragon Boat Festival. This was not an easy decision to make, but with all the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 situation, we feel this was the right call. Let us know if you have any questions. Hope to see yall next year!

03/10/2020

Thanks for all the emails and messages regarding the COVID-19 situation and the restriction put in place by City of Austin for large scale events. We are assessing the situation and discussing possible alternatives, if needed. Stay tuned, we'll update when we know more!

02/25/2020

Welcome Alameda DragonFlyers! Looking forward to having you in Austin for the race!!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come try out dragon boating with Austin Coolers Dragon Boat Team and Paddl...
02/11/2020

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come try out dragon boating with Austin Coolers Dragon Boat Team and Paddles with a Purpose - Austin's Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team at Austin Fit's Issue Release Party at Waller Creek Boathouse!

01/27/2020

Let's welcome the Golden Dragons Dragon Boat Club from Portland who are coming to Austin with TWO teams in April for the race!

Austin Dragon Boat and Paddle Festival
01/14/2020

Austin Dragon Boat and Paddle Festival

Registration is now open! Come join us for the 22nd Annual Austin Dragon Boat Festival with your 21 closest friends on A...
01/12/2020
Dragon Boat

Registration is now open! Come join us for the 22nd Annual Austin Dragon Boat Festival with your 21 closest friends on April 25-26!
http://www.atxdragonboat.com/db-registration/

race registration REGISTER HERE ONLINE WAIVER TEAM ROSTER T-SHIRT SIZES PRICE While we do not enforce a roster limit, we only have 25 medals per winning team. Student $700 25 T-shirts4 Practices/April3 Guaranteed races250 m CourseSaturday RacePay Online Community $800 25 T-shirts4 Practices/April3 G...

Have a plan! Safety is important!
05/22/2019

Have a plan! Safety is important!

Boat Capsize and Man Overboard…Have a Plan

The chance of capsizing in a dragon boat is slim but it wouldn't hurt any team to spend 20-30 minutes discussing what to do if it ever does happen. It's just common sense. Have a plan.
We are not suggesting that you actually capsize a boat in open water to practice your capsize drill. We feel that to try to simulate such a dangerous event you are voluntarily putting 20+ people at risk of injury. Not worth it, in our opinion.
We have seen some teams practice a capsize drill at a local swimming pool using a small boat and with lifeguards in attendance.
Most important, establish guidelines for behaviour and communication.

*WEAR PFDs
When a crew is training on Open Water or at a recognized water sports centre, in cold water (winter) conditions or in adverse temperate summer weather, the advice is to make use of a Rescue Boat, whenever possible. If for whatever reason this is not possible or practical, then good practise is that all crew members wear PFDs or that the dragon boat does not operate more than 50 metres from any point of landing (assuming that all paddlers can swim). For any crew training without motorized rescue cover, in any weather or water conditions, the boat should also carry water bailers; a throw line and a tow line, for use in an emergency.

*WHISTLES
As a measure of caution each PFD should have a whistle attached to it. Particularly that of the Helm.

*BOAT BALANCE
Before leaving the embarking area, the Helm should ensure that the boat is well balanced. That is, that each pair of racers are of similar weight or height and that, generally, the heavier pairs are seated in the boat’s middle section.

*CREW MEMBER COUNT
The Helm must know the number of people in the boat, when the crew is embarked.

*THE BUDDY SYSTEM.
The crew should be ‘numbered off’ from the front of the boat and made aware that they are each responsible for the person they are paired with (across the boat) and that in the event of a capsize or the boat being swamped, their first responsibility is to ensure that their partner is safe and well. This is called the ‘buddy system’ and it gives each person in the boat a specific responsibility for another. The ‘Stroke Pair’ (first pair – No.2 left and 3 right) in the boat are responsible for the Drummer (1) and the ‘rear pair’ (last pair) for the Helm.

*CAPSIZED or SWAMPED DRAGON BOAT- WHAT TO DO.
In the event of a Dragon Boat capsizing or being swamped, each pair of paddlers should account for their buddies. The Boat Captain should immediately ensure that all the crew are accounted for by calling out their numbers and noting the response. The crew must initially stay with the boat. When a boat has over-turned (capsized) never swim underneath it but leave it in the capsized position. Provided the crew space themselves evenly around a capsized boat, it can be used as a floating platform. Even a fully swamped boat will float and remain stable if the crew space themselves evenly around the gunnels of the boat. The Helm must remain in control of the crew at all times and first ensure that all the crew members are accounted for as described above.

*CAPSIZE OCCURS
The Crew Members must let themselves go with the roll of the boat and try to throw themselves clear of the boat or dive into the water. Once clear of the boat paddlers should try to locate and retain the nearest paddle. A Crew Member who is underneath the overturned boat can breathe in the air pocket. They should then grasp the gunwale of the boat with one hand and push back down into the water until they are clear of the boat and can surface. As soon as each crew member is clear of the boat they must look for their Buddy. The Helm will check that all crew members are present by calling for Racers to identify themselves by shouting out their Crew Number. Once all the crew is accounted for ‘Buddies’ check each other for injury and report any injuries to the Helm. Crew members must stay with the boat, using it as a floating platform but should avoid climbing on top of the boat as it may start to roll and possibly injure other paddlers.

*CAPSIZE OCCURS IN A RACE SITUATION
Await the arrival of the rescue boats. The crew should if their paddles are within easy reach, attempt to retrieve them. On the arrival of the rescue boats, the crew should move as directed by the operators of the boats, with the Helm remaining with the boat until all members of the crew have been rescued. If there are insufficient boats to rescue all the crew in one go and the water conditions are kind, or it is shallow, then if the boat is capsized, up to six crew members can remain with the boat and start to ‘swim it’ to the nearest shore. This should only be done under the Helm’s control (and when the swimmers are capable and not at risk). After the crew is safe a rescue boat may be used to recover the Dragon Boat. (In cold water conditions, whilst awaiting rescue, crew members should, when holding onto the boat, try to conserve body heat by curling their legs up towards their chests and remaining as still and as calm as possible).

*CAPSIZE OCCURS AT PRACTICE
Should a rescue boat NOT be available then in calm conditions, the crew may attempt to ‘swim’ a capsized boat to the nearest safe landing point, as directed by the Helm. If conditions are not suitable for easily ‘swimming’ the boat, over a short distance, then under the instructions of the Helm it is recommended that the boat be rolled back to the upright position, which will result in the boat becoming swamped.

*SWAMPED BOAT
A swamped boat can be used to support the crew, with the crew members evenly spaced around the boat’s gunnels, whilst the boat is partially bailed out using paddles (and any other suitable implements available, e.g. boat bailers) until the crew can regain entry to the Boat, complete the bailing out process, and paddle the boat to the nearest shore. If self-recovery of the boat is not possible, then as a last resort, the crew may leave the boat and swim to shore in pairs, using the ‘buddy’ system, again under the control of the Helm. As with other methods, the crew must be accounted for at all times during any attempts to swim the boat or as pairs under the buddy system. However, in a training situation crew members are advised not attempt to swim to shore unless they are wearing PFDs. Should there be no alternative but to swim for the shore then any crew member who is not wearing a PFD should join a ‘buddy pair’ with PFDs, or make up a group (groups) of three, to provide mutual support and assistance during the swim.

*RECOVERY OF THE BOAT
As soon as the boat is alongside the water’s edge, the crew must again be accounted for on the land and any injuries dealt with immediately. If upturned, the boat may then be turned the right way up (in the water) and bailing out commenced. The boat SHOULD NOT be dragged out of the water unless there is only a small amount of water left in it, as this puts a considerable strain on the hull of the boat. Once the boat is almost empty of water it may be lifted on to the bank and checked for damage and all the boat’s equipment accounted for.

*RECOVERY OF ONE OR TWO CREW MEMBERS (eg. The Drummer or the Helm)
If the boat has not capsized but a crew member has fallen out of the boat, use the following method to assist them…
Able crew members can pull them into the boat forward over the gunwales. • Grasp the crew member under the armpits and pull straight up until the member's chest clears the gunwale. Once the upper body is over the gunwale, Crew members can pull the rest of the person on board.

*IN CONCLUSION .
Safety is the concern of every crew member and is largely a matter of COMMON SENSE - USE IT! The overall responsibility for the crew off the water is the Captain’s and on the water is the Helm’s.

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Thanks for a great weekend! Results from the dragon boat races have been posted online:http://www.atxdragonboat.com/sche...
04/30/2019
Schedule & Results

Thanks for a great weekend! Results from the dragon boat races have been posted online:
http://www.atxdragonboat.com/schedule-results/

race Schedule & Results SCHEDULE RESULTS SCHEDULE 2019Saturday | Sunday RESULTS From year-to-year, race-to-race, and even heat-to-heat, times can vary wildly on the same distance due to weather patterns, race lane, current, etc.2018Saturday | Sunday2017Saturday | Sunday2016Saturday & Sunday2015Satur...

Which one will YOU be taking home this weekend??
04/24/2019

Which one will YOU be taking home this weekend??

04/22/2019

DASH. FOR. CASH.
Sunday 4/28 @ 12:30 - details announced on that day!
All registered racers (dragon boat, SUP, kayak, canoe, oc, etc.) are invited to participate, no additional entrance fee!

03/28/2019

Festival teams start practicing this weekend! Are YOU ready?

Hotel rates have been updated on the website, book your rooms now!http://www.atxdragonboat.com/location/
03/25/2019
Location & Lodging

Hotel rates have been updated on the website, book your rooms now!
http://www.atxdragonboat.com/location/

ABOUT location & lodging FESTIVAL BEACH AT LADY BIRD LAKE Parking on site is limited, so consider alternate transportation. Please follow parking and biking signs on site and avoid parking in the neighborhood. City of Austin Bike Map (PDF)Austin B-Cycle: Bike sharecar2go: Car shareRide Austin: non-p...

Don't forget to register your dragon boat team for the 21st annual Austin Dragon Boat and Paddle Festival! Special shout...
02/12/2019
Dragon Boat

Don't forget to register your dragon boat team for the 21st annual Austin Dragon Boat and Paddle Festival! Special shout out to the first registered out-of-state team, AZ Gila Dragons!
http://www.atxdragonboat.com/db-registration

race registration REGISTER HERE ONLINE WAIVER TEAM ROSTER T-SHIRT SIZES PRICE While we do not enforce a roster limit, we only have 25 medals per winning team. Student $700 25 T-shirts4 Practices/April3 Guaranteed races250 m CourseSaturday Race Community $800 25 T-shirts4 Practices/April3 Guaranteed....

We are now officially open for dragon boat registration! Please register online and you will receive an email with furth...
02/05/2019
Dragon Boat

We are now officially open for dragon boat registration! Please register online and you will receive an email with further instructions:
http://www.atxdragonboat.com/db-registration

race registration REGISTER HERE ONLINE WAIVER TEAM ROSTER T-SHIRT SIZES PRICE While we do not enforce a roster limit, we only have 25 medals per winning team. Student $700 25 T-shirts4 Practices/April3 Guaranteed races250 m CourseSaturday Race Community $800 25 T-shirts4 Practices/April3 Guaranteed....

Save the date! April 27-28, 2019!
01/06/2019

Save the date! April 27-28, 2019!

Off they go! Thanks again to Island Paddle for partnering up with us last weekend. The paddling life really is the best....
05/02/2018

Off they go! Thanks again to Island Paddle for partnering up with us last weekend. The paddling life really is the best. #atxdbf18 #paddling #paddlinglife #suppaddling #kayaking #outriggering #dragonboat #atx

What a colorful range of winners! Congrats to all teams for some great races to the end. More pics coming soon from the ...
05/02/2018

What a colorful range of winners! Congrats to all teams for some great races to the end. More pics coming soon from the competitive division!

What a colorful range of winners! Congrats to all teams for some great races to the end. More pics coming soon from the competitive division!

What a colorful range of winners! Congrats to all teams for some great races to the end. More pics coming soon from the ...
05/01/2018

What a colorful range of winners! Congrats to all teams for some great races to the end. More pics coming soon from the competitive division!

What a colorful range of winners! Congrats to all teams for some great races to the end. More pics coming soon from the competitive division!

A behind-the-scenes look at loading and unloading these giant boats! 🐉 #dragonboat #atx #paddling #paddlinglife
04/30/2018

A behind-the-scenes look at loading and unloading these giant boats! 🐉 #dragonboat #atx #paddling #paddlinglife

Photo credit to James Peterson
04/30/2018

Photo credit to James Peterson

This is a couple days late, but a huge congrats to the corporate & community teams, especially to our two newest ones fr...
04/30/2018
Schedule & Results

This is a couple days late, but a huge congrats to the corporate & community teams, especially to our two newest ones from WP Engine and Intel. 👏

Division A:🥇 Travis County Sheriff's Office (first time racing 500m!), 🥈WP Engine (first year team!), 🥉 3M (always in the chase!).

Division B 🥇: General Motors

Division C 🥇: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

All official times and results are posted on the website!

race Schedule & Results SCHEDULE RESULTS SCHEDULE Saturday, April 28 Sunday, April 29 7:30 a.m.Captains’ meeting8:00 a.m.Team Hokulele 2000m8:15 a.m.Island Warriors 2000m8:30 a.m.DUC Pink 2000m8:45 a.m.DUC Delite 2000m9:00 a.m.Breast of Texas 2000m9:15 a.m.Houston Heat 2000m9:30 a.m.Austin Coolers...

Thanks for joining us, Jimmy Flannigan!
04/30/2018

Thanks for joining us, Jimmy Flannigan!

Dotting the eyes at the Dragon Boat Festival. Always a good time and lots of #atxd6 folks participating!

It's a wrap! Thank you to all the teams that competed this weekend. 🐉🏅For the 500m/2000m, congrats to Team Hokulele, FYP...
04/30/2018

It's a wrap! Thank you to all the teams that competed this weekend. 🐉

🏅For the 500m/2000m, congrats to Team Hokulele, FYP Island Warriors, and Austin Coolers Dragon Boat Team for winning some bling!

🤑 Congrats to Team Hokulele (again!) for winning the 200m sprint with a cash price of $500 and Houston Heat Dragon Boat Club for second at $200!

#dragonboat #atx #atxdbf18 #paddling #texas #paddlinglife

It must be the final race of the weekend. It's a 200m sprint for some cash prizes! 🤑 #dragonboat #atxdbf18 #atx #atxoutd...
04/29/2018

It must be the final race of the weekend. It's a 200m sprint for some cash prizes! 🤑 #dragonboat #atxdbf18 #atx #atxoutdoors #paddling #papparazzi

One of the best dragon boat traditions: paddle tunnel! #dragonboat #atxdbf18 #atx #paddling
04/29/2018

One of the best dragon boat traditions: paddle tunnel! #dragonboat #atxdbf18 #atx #paddling

We welcome our friend @islandpaddle on their first time joining us. There will be 5 and 10k races for kayaks, canoes, an...
04/29/2018

We welcome our friend @islandpaddle on their first time joining us. There will be 5 and 10k races for kayaks, canoes, and SUPs today! #atxdbf18 #paddlinglife #paddling #atx

Congratulations to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Wildcats for winning first in Corporate/Communit...
04/29/2018

Congratulations to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Wildcats for winning first in Corporate/Community Division C! This is the inspiration for true teamwork and trust. #atxdbf18 #atx #dragonboat #tsbvi #paddlinglife #teamwork

04/28/2018

What an incredible day of paddling! Thank you to all the corporate and community teams for racing your hearts out today. More pictures and finals results/times will be posted soon. Tomorrow: day 2 for our competitive teams!

04/28/2018

The finals brackets are out!

Corporate/community: Finals C 2:30 pm.
Finals B 3:45 pm. Finals A 4:10 pm

Competitive: Finals B 2:55pm. Finals A 3:20pm.

What a beautiful day for dragon boat racing! #dragonboat #atxdbf18 #atx #paddling
04/28/2018

What a beautiful day for dragon boat racing! #dragonboat #atxdbf18 #atx #paddling

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Happy 20th Anniversary

Now in our 20th year, the Austin Dragon Boat Festival has come far from its humble beginnings! Come celebrate with us at Festival Beach on April 28-29. There will be performances, local vendors, food carts, and of course, dragon boat races in competitive and corporate divisions.

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