Dragon Boat Racing in Gauteng is a great teambuilding event.
Dragon boats were introduced to Florida Lake in Gauteng in 1999 and today, teams travel to compete in the annual Taiwanese Dragon Boat Racing festival.
A dragon boat is a sleek fast craft, decorated with a dragon head and tail in bright colours. The crew of a dragon boat comprises paddlers that face the bow of the boat, a drummer that faces the paddlers and a sweep (steerer) that stands at the rear of the boat.
Dragon boats are used for the exciting team paddling sport of Dragon Boat Racing. This watersport has its roots in ancient China where contending villagers have competed for the past 2 000 years.
So what’s it like to race in a dragon boat? The ‘heartbeat’ of a dragon boat is the pulsation of the drum beats. The drummer leads the paddlers through the race. The beat indicates the pace that paddlers follow. Paddlers sit facing forwards in the boat, while the sweep uses an oar to steer the boat. Racing is fast paced and gives you a good workout.