Conduct in the Boat: There should be no/minimal talking once your team is in the boat. The drummer and steersperson must be able to communicate with the team and each other at all times, and all team members need to be able to hear the commands. Paddles straight up in the air if you need to draw attention to yourselves in case of emergency.
Buddy System: Make certain that each of your team members knows who is sitting beside them in case the boat swamps/capsizes, which is highly unlikely. Teammates will be responsible for each other’s safety until rescue arrives. STAY WITH THE BOAT!
Life Jackets: Everyone must wear a life jacket during practice and on Race Day.
Drummer: The drummer should attend practice, if possible. He or she will assist in setting the timing for the team and can be an excellent source of motivation and inspiration during practices and on Race Day.
How To Sit In The Boat
Outside hip forward
Inside hip back
Outside leg extended along the gunwale (inside top rail of the boat)
Inside foot under the seat or braced effectively and comfortably
Seven Steps of the Dragon Boat Paddling Technique
Dragon Boat Paddling Commands
Note: Your coach/steerer will brief you about these commands before your practice. In the boat, when the coach is talking, please continue to paddle and listen. Never stop paddling unless your coach says, “Let it run.”