A dragon boat is essentially a canoe, but it’s about 40 feet long and outfitted in a dragon head and tail, per Chinese tradition. It’s also powered by 22 people: 10 paddlers on each side who propel the boat forward with 4-foot paddles, a caller who keeps the paddlers on time, and a steerer who keeps the boat on course. The boats move fast; most regular teams finish a 500-meter race in about two minutes. The Silver Lining Team races in 200-meter, 500-meter or 2K distances.
The sport doesn’t just fire up your arms; it’s a full-body workout since each stroke originates from your quadriceps, hamstrings and core. The scenery isn’t too bad either. Our team enjoys the sunshine, the sunset and the beautiful scenery of Salmon Lake