The Oakland Renegades Dragon Boat team is part of an Oakland Park and Rec program that launches from the Lake Merritt Boathouse. We practice twice a week:
- Monday evenings, 5:45pm – 7:00pm
- Wednesday evenings, 5:45pm – 7:00pm
- Saturday mornings, 10:15am – noon
No prior experience is required, we provide instruction, paddles, and personal floatation devices (life jackets). Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned vet, we have a spot for you. Renegade attitude is welcome and encouraged!
First time? Here’s what you need to know
- Timing is the key: follow the lead strokers at the front of the boat. When their paddles go in the water, your paddle goes in the water, when they pull, you pull, when they snap back into position, so do you. Simple.
- You’ll get at least a little bit wet, so dress accordingly. Nothing fancy needed, dress in comfortable workout attire.
- A solid stroke relies on your core (abs, back, hips). If you were to paddle just with your arms, most people would burn out well short of a 500 meter race piece.
- There are a few links on our Resources page that help with the concept of a sound stroke
The person leading the workout will make specific calls:
PADDLES UP – Extend your outside arm forward with the paddle over the water and ready to stroke
TAKE IT AWAY – Start paddling
LET IT RIDE – Bring the blade of the paddle out of the water (rest)
PADDLES ON THE GUNNEL – Similar to LET IT RIDE, allow the paddle to rest accross your knees and on the edge of the boat , or the gunnel
HOLD – Put the blade of the paddle into the water perpendicular to the direction the boat is going, stopping the motion of the boat
BRACE – Put the blade of the paddle flat into the water to stabilize the boat (usually while paddlers switch sides)
PADDLERS ARE YOU READY? – Lean forward, extend your outside arm forward aggressively with the paddle over the water and ready to stroke
ATTENTION PLEASE! – Remain leaning forward, bury the blade of the paddle into the water
GO! – Paddle your ass off. But stay in time!