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Dragon Boating

The Australian Dragon Boat Federation is the newest national sporting organisation to partner with Sporting Schools.

Dracademy introduces the sport of dragon boating to Year 7 and 8 students through the secondary school Sporting Schools program. Students will form a positive sense of community, as well as learn grit and perseverance.

Dracademy Junior (years 5 and 6)

Introducing Dracademy Juniors, a dynamic and engaging program created specifically for young adventurers aged 10 to 12! This exciting experience offers a fun and safe introduction to the thrilling world of Dragon Boating through a mix of interactive activities, games, and challenges.

Key highlights of the Dracademy Juniors program include:

  • Tailored learning: Dracademy Juniors is specially designed for younger participants, ensuring that each activity is age-appropriate and suitable for their physical and cognitive abilities.
  • Focus on safety: Safety is a top priority in this program. Participants will receive clear instructions and guidance on essential commands, as well as water safety practices, ensuring they develop a strong foundation in safe boating.
  • Encouraging teamwork and camaraderie: The Dracademy Juniors program places a strong emphasis on fostering a sense of teamwork and friendship among its participants. Through collaborative activities, young learners will build strong bonds with their peers while working together toward common goals.
  • Nurturing resilience and determination: By taking part in various challenges and pushing their limits, participants will discover the importance of perseverance and resilience, both in Dragon Boating and in life.
  • Age-specific approach: The program is crafted exclusively for children aged 10 to 12, providing an accessible and enjoyable learning experience for this specific age group.

By joining the Dracademy Juniors program, young participants will not only gain an introduction to the exciting sport of Dragon Boating but also acquire valuable life skills, such as teamwork, determination, and a sense of belonging. Through this unique and enjoyable experience, they will embark on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery.

Dracademy (years 7 and 8)

Dracademy is Australian Dragon Boating Federation's national junior participation program. The program consists of either 4 x 1-hour, 2 x 2 hour or 1 x 4 hour sessions, delivered at a lake or slow-moving river by a local dragon boat club.

The program is designed for Year 7 and 8 students to learn the basic skills of dragon boating in an experimental manner through a range of activities, challenges, and games. Please note that student/group numbers are based on 20 students able to fit in a dragon boat.

Basic instructions and commands will be taught prior to any activities. An understanding of water safety and its practices will be addressed through the program.

Program goals:

  • Understand water safety and its importance
  • Choose and fit your lifejacket and appropriate clothing for conditions
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and use of a dragon boat paddle
  • Get into and out of a dragon boat from the shore/landing
  • Dragon boat with a correct posture and setup
  • Maintain balance within the dragon boat
  • Work as part of a team
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Improve water confidence
  • Learn the positions within a dragon boat

Coverage by state or territory

To see if there is a dragon boat club near you, visit the Australian Dragon Boating Federation's website.


Teachers can deliver Dracademy in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below:


To become a coach and deliver Dracademy in Sporting Schools please ensure you are working towards the following requirements:

Coaching providers

All Dracademy Sporting Schools programs are facilitated through AusDBF.

For further information please contact


ANCAS (AusDBF National Coaches Accreditation Scheme)

If you require more information on AusDBF Accredited Coaching Courses please email or  visit the AusDBF website.

National Sweep Accreditation Scheme

Sweeps courses are run by Member States.  Please contact your state association for more information about how to become a Sweep, or upgrade your existing qualification.  The courses are delivered in accordance with the nationally adopted Sweep Accreditation Program.

Resources to support delivery for both teachers and external coaches can be found on the AusDBF website.


Contact: Kylie Archer


Phone: +61 427 072 777

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Phone: 1300 785 707
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