Corporate Team Building Events

Looking for a unique and different idea for your next Corporate Team Building Event?

Look no further!

AZDBA offers a fun-filled afternoon of sun, sand, and surf, in the cool waters of Tempe Town Lake! Dragon Boat racing is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing team sports in North America as new clubs and new festivals are sprouting up anywhere a body of water exists. The sport has been called the ultimate team sport as there are different sections in the boat, each with different roles/responsibilities, yet each performing in concert to attain a team goal. Get ready to learn about a cool, hip, edgy new sport, and at the same time, prepare to have a blast at your next Corporate Team Building outing!

Bring yourself and a hundred of your closest coworkers to fill up 5 of our Champion 20-person Festival Dragon Boats from China for a few hours of exhilarating dragon boat racing in a friendly competition.

The afternoon will be broken into two parts, the land portion and then the water portion. Each will last approximately an hour. During the land portion of the event, your team will be introduced to AZDBA, the sport of Dragon Boat racing, including the history of the sport, and how a Dragon Boat crew functions in each section of the boat with each of their roles/responsibilities.

From there, the group will be given basic instruction about boat and lake etiquette, safety, boat commands, basic paddling techniques, and it will conclude with each participant being assigned a role in the boat based on their athletic ability and physical stature. After a quick set of warm-up exercises, the group will head down to the docks to load and launch the boats.

The water portion of the afternoon will provide participants adequate time to practice executing boat commands as a team, practice their paddling technique, and gel together as a team to perfect their synchronization and timing. After the practice session is over, all the boats will line up at the official 250m start line and the boats will compete in the actual 250m race format used by Corporate teams in the annual AZDBA festival. A City of Tempe chase boat will accompany the racing boats and an opportunity will be provided to video the race for your team’s viewing pleasure later. The afternoon concludes with an AZDBA trophy presented to the winning boat (if there are at least 2 boats used in the Team Building event).

AZDBA will provide all equipment (paddles and PFDs) and necessary staff (coaches and steerspersons for each boat) for the event. Just bring yourself and your team in comfortable play clothes, sunglasses, caps, and sunblock. You will probably get splashed as this is after all a Water Sport! Water and light snacks will be provided for all participants.

Get ready for some fun under the sun in what promises to be one of the most innovative and unique team building experiences in your life!

If you have any questions or concerns before booking your event, please feel free to email

The Dragon Boats we use are Champion 20-person Festival Racing Boats

  • Boat fee is $600 / boat and each boat can accommodate up to 20-paddlers.
  • We offer up to 5 boats for your Corporate Team Building Event.
  • Weekday Team Builder Events are held on Fridays only, from 1:30pm – 4:00pm (Sat/Sun slots are also available upon request)
  • Team Builder Event Season is from April through December.
Tentative Team Building Event agenda is as follows:

  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm Check-in, sign waivers, issue paddles/PFDs
  • 1:30pm – 2:00pm AZDBA Welcome, Intro to DB 101, Land Instruction, Warm-Up Exercises, Roster Line-Up
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm Water Instruction / Practice Time
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm 250m Race w/ all Boats (if 2 or more boats involved)