Thinking of starting a new Corporate Dragon Boat Team?

If you are new to Dragon Boat racing, and are considering registering a crew from your company for the very first time, but have no idea where to start, take heart – there is help on the way!

AZDBA has put together a new Corporate Dragon Boat Captain’s Starter Kit just for you.   It contains guidance on how to navigate everything from:

  • Funding your crew
  • Recruiting tips (for both a “fun” vs a competitive crew)
  • Putting a roster together
  • Designing/ordering team jerseys
  • Lots of logistical guidance (e.g. setting up the practices, having a team kick-off meeting, team communications)
  • And a whole lot more

A  handy dandy Captain’s time-line will give you a birds-eye view of the captain’s calendar and the deadlines for the major events in getting your boat in the water and being race-ready by festival time.   You will be given a step-by-step guide of what you need to do and when.

One more thing!  AZDBA would like to extend an offer to any new company who has never entered a festival before, but is planning to enter three (3) or more boats at the next festival the following:

  • We will send a representative to meet with you and your planning team and go over this Captains Starter Kit in person with you (~ 1hour).  This will give you a chance to ask questions and get more details
  • We will send a representative to your company to do a Introduction to Dragon Boat 101 presentation (~ 30-45 mins) for your team if you decide to do a Team Kick-Off Meeting.
  • We will also assign you a “Captain’s Buddy” that you can bounce ideas off in case you get stuck and need a little bit of a helping hand.

We know undertaking something this big can be a bit overwhelming, so we want you to relax, take a deep breath, and let us get you off on the right foot.  We want your first experience in our Festival to go as smoothly as possible.

If you are a long time AZDBA member who has friends, contacts, and acquaintances who work for companies who have never done this before, please feel free to forward this link to them so that they have all the information they need to hit the ground running!  We love to see new companies entering our festival and catching the bug for competitive dragon boat racing!  And if you would like to be a part of the team that takes “road trips” to companies to talk to them about starting up a team, please reach out to us at