Kamloops Interior Dragon boat Club
Where men and women 55 or older train and compete on the Thompson River.
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Join us for a Potluck Dinner and our 2022 Annual General Meeting 5:30 pm, November 3, at the Kamloops Sports Council offices on McArthur Island Find out what the plans are for 2023 and provide your input for next year. New paddlers are invited to come to meet everyone...
The KIDS COVID-19 Protocol has been added to the "How to Join" page and you can now go ahead with your on-line membership. Don't forget to bring your proof of vaccination and government identification to your first practice. See you on the water!
January 11, 2022 Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a good holiday season and if you are like me hoping that 2022 brings new hope and light into our world. On that note, your Board has decided to be optimistic and have started to plan for a 2022 dragon boat season....
Ready to head back onto the water? Catch up on what your KIDS Board has been up to in 2021 and find out what plans might be for 2022! If you were a member in 2019 or 2021, you will receive a Zoom invitation and agenda. If you are not in that group, please email...
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Think you are ready to start paddling? Learn more about our fees, schedule and policies.
The Kamloops Interior Dragon Boat CLUB was started in 2016 and incorporated as the Kamloops Interior Dragons Society (KIDS) in 2017.
KIDS is a recreational team of men and women 55 years old or better, with a focus on developing paddling skills, fitness, friendships, and becoming race ready (for those who are interested in racing). We practice on the South and North Thompson rivers, launching from the Pioneer Park boat launch three times a week.
In 2022, we plan to compete in festivals in Salmon Arm, Kamloops, the Canada 55+ Games (being held in Kamloops) and will cap off the season with attendance at the BC 55+ Games in Victoria. This may change depending in COVID or other reasons beyond our control.
KIDS is volunteer-run with experienced coaches and paddlers of all levels. New paddlers are encouraged to try dragon boating early in the season, no experience is necessary. All equipment is supplied, and you can attend three practices for free before deciding if you are ready to join KIDS and make dragon boating a regular part of your life.
Dragon Boat History
Dragon Boat racing has its roots in ancient myths and legends. It began more than 2,000 years ago in the valleys of southern China as a fertility rite held during the summer solstice to ensure plentiful crops and to avert misfortune. Early dragon boat races were mock battles to awaken the hibernating Heavenly Dragon.
Dragon boat racing in Canada started during Expo 1986 in Vancouver, when the government of Hong Kong gifted six teak dragon boats to compete in the spirit of sport, cultural understanding, and friendship.
Dragon boating has become the world’s fastest growing water sport, especially among women and men aged 55+, with approximately 50 million paddlers participating in every continent.
Kamloops first dragon boat club started in 1994 with members paddling in 10-man voyageur canoes on the South Thompson River. The city currently has three dragon boat clubs – KIDS, which is for men and women aged 55 years and older, Kamloops Dragon Boat Club, which is for women and men of any age, and Spirit Warriors, which is a breast cancer survivor team.
Paddling will start on Saturday, April 23, 2022!
Dragon boat season wraps up around the middle of September and until we’re back on the water in April we must somehow entertain ourselves and stay in shape without the benefit of regular practices! The great advantage to belonging to our dragon boat club is that you can always find someone with whom to get active.
Although nobody is going to check up on you, it is a very good idea to exercise regularly during the off season. Some KIDS participate in dedicated dryland training classes that concentrate on fitness for paddlers. Others organize themselves to go biking, hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Many others renew their gym memberships and enjoy yoga, weight lifting, spinning, or whatever makes them happy and keeps them fit. You’ll be surprised at how many other paddlers you will run into!