Community Teams

Community Teams

Are you new to dragon boat racing? Now is your time to participate! This division is a race for people who have little or no experience paddling in a dragon boat. Gather your friends and coworkers to participate in a day of paddling, fun, food, and camaraderie!

What is a Community Team?

Community teams have had about three practices or less in a dragon boat season. While they may have participated in past years in the Community Division, they have not practiced year round together nor raced in a competitive division.

There is a maximum of 10 paddlers on a community team. On each community team paddlers can be any gender. Each team can have two alternate participants listed on the race roster. All participants must be high school age or older.

Community teams pay $40 per paddler or $400 per community team. Community race package includes 1 coaching session prior to race day with an experienced coach, helmsman and caller; and the use of a life jacket and paddle.

The event will be held rain or shine. If the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, the registration fees are nonrefundable because this is a charity event. We appreciate your cooperation and consideration.


Paddle For Life will provide you with a 1.5 hour practice on Vancouver Lake. During practice you will have an experienced coach who will train you to perform at your best on race day. The coach will go over technique basics and commands to help you have a fun and safe dragon boat experience.

All practices will be held at Vancouver Lake Rowing Club, NW, 8612 NW Erwin O’Rieger Memorial Highway, Vancouver, WA 98660. Dates and times are ONLY open to paddlers registered as Community Teams for the PFL race. Free parking is available at the club, however carpooling is encouraged.

What to Bring and Wear

Suggested items to bring to the event and practice:

  • Layers
  • Paddle For Life team shirt
  • Water resistant and/or comfortable clothing. Quick dry shirts and workout or “tech” clothes tend to work best. Cotton can get wet, stay wet, and keep you cold.
  • Shoes or sandals you don’t mind getting wet.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or visor that will be secure while paddling.
  • Sunglasses (secure them safely so that you do not lose them).
  • Extra set of clothing
  • Towel
  • Chair to sit on
  • Optional 10 X 12 pop-up tent for shade
  • Camera to capture all the fun.

Paddles and Life Jackets will be provided at practices and race day. Also, please leave any non-essential valuables at home. Be sure to secure your car and not leave items in a viewable location while at the event or during practice.

Required Waiver

Download the required waiver for the race below and email to


Do I need to know how to swim?

There is no swimming requirement for being on a community team. All team members will be required to wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) during practices and at the race. PFDs will be provided to each paddler for every practice session and the race day.

How long is the race?

The community team race course is 250 meters. It takes a little over a minute to paddle this course.

When will my team race?

Your team will have two races in the morning. You should arrive by 7:00am so you can put up a tent, arrange your things in the tent, do some warm-up activities, get your instructions from your team captain and be ready to go to marshaling.

Got a question?

If you have any questions about organizing a community team, please click the link below to reach out to Paddle for Life.