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Dragon boat festival information updated by Team Manager Mary Visser Kerr
Link to Practices / Summer Training Information

Team Twitter:
Watch here for last-minute updates
and special announcements!

Do you have a Twitter account? Follow us!

Link to Team Snap

Team Members:
We are using "TeamSnap" application for
managing information and emails about
practices and race events.

Watch this space for 2018 regattas
- postings in April/May 2018

BreastStrokes participated in
2 dragon boat festivals in 2017

2017 PHARMASAVE Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Festival
Link to event website
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Link for BreastStrokes team
Rotary Club of Stratford Dragon Boat Festival
Link to event website
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Link for BreastStrokes team

Anyone who does not have a team uniform and is participating
in a regatta, please wear a red top or t-shirt and black bottoms

Health-screening form
A new form for 2018 season
Here is the link:

You can complete online, then print and submit the hard copy to Captain Shell Watson.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the team dragon boat MUST complete and submit this form FIRST.

BreastStrokes Waiver 2018
Click on the title to download, and complete this Waiver and submit to
Team Manager Mary Visser Kerr
or to Captain Shelly Watson (or their designates)

Anyone who wishes to participate in the team dragon boat
MUST complete and submit this form FIRST.

Bring to races (good plan for practices, too):

  • changes of clothes and undergarments
  • something waterproof and warm just in case
  • 2 pairs of shoes (racing footwear gets wet)
  • a lawnchair, your PFD and paddle
  • sun screen, mosquito repellent, a HAT, and some tylenol or a pain reliever
  • money but not your purse to the race site 
  • Health card and some other critical information in case of emergency
  • some snacks to nibble on after a race or for quick energy before  
  • at least one water (bottle). Usually water is available as you leave the dock after a race.

Commands must be spoken loudly and clearly in order for the entire boat to hear. The steerperson must have full control of the boat at all times to ensure that commands are being heard. The less talking in the boat by paddlers the better.
The following are the commands a steerperson and team members must know.
  • paddles up: Signal for paddlers to assume the paddling position. Paddles should be raised above the water, bodies in position to paddle.
  • take it away: Signal to start paddling
  • stop the boat: Paddlers thrust the paddle blades deep into the water at their hip. This helps the steerer to keep the boat stopped.
  • let it ride: The paddlers stop paddling and rest their paddles on their lap. This is the rest position.
  • flare the boat: The paddles are horizontal with flat blades resting on top of the water to stabilize the boat. This is used when the boat may face a wave or boat wake, or if the steerer is trying to get his/her balance.
  • one minute to start: The starter will send that race within that minute. It could range from 5 seconds to 60 seconds or more. It is the steerer's responsibility to listen to the starter and bring the boat up to the starting line once the starter has said one minute to start. Remember your paddlers will be excited but it is your responsibility to make sure they are quiet and you can hear the starters commands.
  • attention please: This is the steerers cue to tell the paddlers, paddles UP. A good steerperson will have their paddlers ready to go.
  • air horn: This is the starting signal for your paddlers to start paddling.

Responsibilities of the Team Manager are as follows:
* Communicating and distributing team information to all 25 team members
* Gathering and submitting all necessary forms and waivers for the team
* Act as the liaison with the race committee (only the team manager is to speak on behalf of the team members)
* Team conduct and safety of all team members
* Representation at the race meetings scheduled prior to event date

BreastStrokes Team summer training sessions

Our boat is now at Puslinch Lake.
Location - just next-door (west) of Old Marina Restaurant
(click on link below to view Google map and select Puslinch address)
McClintock Dr. R.R. #22, Puslinch Lake, Cambridge
Driving south on Hanlon Expressway, Guelph:
Turn right at County Road 34/Wellington Road 34 (signs for Wellington Road 34 W)
Turn left at County Road 32
Turn left at McClintock Dr

Turn right on Elm St., pass the grove of cedar trees and just a little bit further.

Please bring your own seat cushion / anti-slip strip, paddle and life jacket to practices.


Team members - We are using "TeamSnap" application for emailing about practices and race events.
Have you signed up yet?
Contact Mary Visser Kerr


Please arrive around 6:15 to allow time for warmup and lineups before loading the boat at 6:30.
Park your vehicle in the sandy Parking Lot just West of the Old Marina Restaurant and walk to the practice site.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
TBD: Meet the team, paddling tips from Coach Shane and get your equipment
1st Paddle

Team equipment:
Anyone who has team equipment (life-jackets, PFDs, Paddles) must return it at the end of the paddling season.
We prefer the jackets to be washed before you return them. Please wash them and return them after your last practice.

Practice @ Puslinch Lake is 45 - 60 minutes,
depending on conditions and how the team feels.
Practice will be held regardless of how many participants are available.
Practice is rain or shine -- only lightning and thunder will cancel practice.

Team members -- please watch for emails from TeamSnap or Twitter announcements (see top of this webpage) as late as 5:00 p.m. on day of, regarding cancellation due to weather.



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self stor
Thank You
for being one of our Supporters!
Donation of storage space for
our team - equipment and files, supplies

Our Heartfelt Appreciation to
Nathalie Lemieux
and Dean Chan
for generously hosting our team website for many years

Sincerest Thank You to the McClintock Family for their support, by permitting our team to moor at the Puslinch Lake site during our dragon boat summer seasons

Thank You
for being one of our Supporters!

Lindsay Mayot,
Special Interest Automobiles, Cambridge
for donation of storage space
and repairs for our dragon boat
and trailer.