Open Paddles – Wednesday Evenings

Hello Dragon Boat Paddling Enthusiasts!

While it may seem like dragon boat season is over, it continues on for the dedicated paddlers at Dragon Boat Barrie!

We are pleased to host Open Paddles Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30pm starting this Wednesday September 14th. These will continue throughout the month of September, with October dates to be confirmed depending on the weather outlook.

Free to paid up members of Dragon Boat Barrie, and just $5 for everyone else.


Paddles Up!

Open Paddle + Jersey & Paddle Orders

Hello Dragon Boat Barrie Members!

With the season set to begin, now is the time to order paddles and team jerseys!

Details can be found on our website here: 

Some notes to keep in mind:

  • team jersey orders are currently only available for PaddleAvengers, PowerStrokes, and PaddleStrong
  • Paddles and life jackets are provided for all paddlers, so it is not necessary to purchase your own
  • Orders are due May 27

Open Paddle – Wednesday May 18, 6:30 pm – Heritage Park

The Barrie Public Library, organizers of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, are hosting an open paddle on Wednesday May 18 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in order to train some new steers. This is free for everyone. Come join us out on the water! You can RSVP to the Facebook event page here: 


6 – Week Training Program

There are still spots open for our 6 – Week Training Program which begins June 1st. Know anyone who would like to try dragon boating, but isn’t ready to commit to a team? Or perhaps someone who just wants to get in some extra training? Get them to sign up! Details here: 

Paddles Up!

2016 Registrations Now Open!

Hello Dragon Boat Paddlers!

The ice is starting to melt off of the bay, and it won’t be long until we are back out on the water! Please see below for the latest updates from Dragon Boat Barrie!

Paddle and Life Jacket Orders

We will be putting together a club order for paddles and life jackets shortly. Stay tuned for details!

6-Week Training Program

Not ready to commit to a team? Brand new to dragon boat paddling? Why not sign up for our 6-Week Training program! More details available here!

Season Launch Party

Save the date! Our 2016 Season Launch Party will be held during the evening of Thursday May 5, 2016. Please RSVP to our Facebook event page for the most up-to-date details.

Now accepting registrations for the 2016 season

We are now accepting registrations for the 2016 season. Below are some brief outlines of the various teams that are available.

PaddleAvengers – Recreational

Designed for recreational paddlers, we will paddle together for several weeks over the course of the summer, culminating in two different festivals. The ultimate goal of the team is to have fun both on and off the water!

Click here for more details!

PowerStrokes – Intermediate

Designed for intermediate paddlers, we will paddle together for several weeks over the course of the summer, culminating in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival in Barrie, along with two other competitive festivals.

Click here for more details!

PaddleStrong – Competitive

PaddleStrong is Dragon Boat Barrie’s most competitive team, traveling to regattas all over the province and training year round.

Click here for more details!

That’s What She Said – Women’s

That’s What She Said (TWSS) is a group of fantastic women that are committed to giving it their all. Paddlers with all levels of experiences paddle together for several weeks over the course of the spring and summer and compete in 3 events 2016.

Click here for more details!

The Barrie Northmen – Men’s

The Barrie Northmen is our new men’s team for 2016.

Click here for more details!


Now Recruiting for 2016!

Hello paddling enthusiasts!

Dragon Boat Barrie is now recruiting for the 2016 season!

We have a number of different teams with varying levels of difficulty. New for 2016 is our men’s team, the Barrie Northmen!

Information on each team can be seen via the menu above.

Sign up today!

DBB November Update


Swag Orders

DBB club clothing orders are now available online. Choose from DBB branded hoodies, jackets, shirts, and hat! hooded sweatshirt

Orders are due November 20th, with expected arrival of December 11. You will be contact once we have the items on hand.

Order yours here!

Annual General Meeting

Save the date! Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday January 21, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm. It will take place the Painswick Branch of the Barrie Public Library.

We will be going over our 2015 financials, as well as making announcements about our 2016 plans!

Members must be in good standing for any matters requiring a vote, however anyone is welcome to attend!

More details to follow. You can RSVP to our Facebook event page here.

Call for Nominations

We will have a number of positions available on our board come January. Would you like to get more involved in the running of YOUR dragon boat club? Send in your nominations to by January 7th to get your name on the list!

DBB Team of the YearDBB Team of the Year

Congrats to PaddleAvengers on winning the Dragon Boat Barrie Team of the Year Award!

A well deserved win for our beginner team, competing in Port Perry and Barrie with a roster of 20 dedicated women.


Florida Training Camps

There are a number of different training camps occurring during the month of April 2016 in Florida. If you’re looking to get a head start on the 2016 season, this is a great way to learn some new skills!

Please e-mail Lisa at for further details.

New Lakefront Gym Equipment

gym equipmentHave you been down to the waterfront lately? There are some new additions scattered around our beautiful waterfront.

Thanks in part to one of our very own paddlers, Craig Busch of Busch Systems and a number of other local businesses have donated funds for the installation of various all-weather outdoor workout stations all along our waterfront.

Check it out!


DBB September Update

End of Season Party

Mark your calendars! Our End of Season Party is taking place on Thursday October 8th. For more information and details on how to get your ticket, please click here!


Barrie Dragon Boat Festival 2015

This year we had four club teams competing at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival: PaddleAvengers, PowerStrokes, Busch Buccaneers – Paddles of Fury, and the Water Warriors!

The teams rasied funds totaling more than $6,000, for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Hospice Simcoe, Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, Furry Friends, and the Dekpor School Development Organization.


5k Around the Bay

5k Around the Bay PaddlersIt was another successful year for 5K Around the Bay, as devoted paddlers went for a casual, 5km paddle around the shores of beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, raising more than $2,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.


Team Updates


This year PaddleAvengers competed in two regattas – one in Port Perry as well as the PaddleAvengersBarrie Festival. They placed 1st in D Division at Port Perry, and 3rd place in the Silver Consolation Division in Barrie. On top of that, they raised just over $500 for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada through a very unique Murder Mystery Party, Murder on the Lake!


This year PowerStrokes is competing at three different regattas – the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, as well as the GWN Sport Regatta and GWN Challenge, both in Toronto.

PowerStrokesThey placed 4th overall in both the Mixed Community 200m and 500m A Consolation Finals at the GWN Sport Regatta, and at the Barrie festival 2nd in Platinum Consolation Finals moving up three spots from last season!


PaddleStrong is competing at four different regattas this year – Parry Sound, Woodstock, and the GWN Sport Regatta and GWN Challenge in Toronto.PaddleStrong

PaddleStrong narrowly missed out winning the entire Parry Sound Festival, capsizing their boat just meters away from the finish line!

They had a strong showing at the Woodstock Festival, taking 1st place in the Silver Division. They also took a very respectable 7th place overall finish at the GWN Sport Regatta.

Busch Buccaneers – Paddles of Fury

The Paddles of Fury competed in King City and Barrie, and have one more regatta left in Stratford this month. Paddles of Fury

They have had an amazing season, making it all the way into A Division in King City, and placing 2nd overall at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival – including having the fastest times of any Barrie-based team! Way to go guys!

Water Warriors

The Water Warriors competed at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, rocketing from Gold Water WarriorsDivision last year, all the way up into the Plantinum Division Finals! The team placed 4th overall, out of nearly 50 teams. Not only that, but they raised over $5,000 for Hospice Simcoe in the process. Awesome job guys!

That’s What She Said

TWSSTWSS competed in Brampton early on in the season back in May, and will also be looking to reclaim the gold medal at the GWN Challenge. Best of luck ladies!

Best of luck to PowerStrokes, PaddleStrong and That’s What She Said at the GWN Challenge, and to the Paddles of Fury competing in Stratford this month!


Volunteer Hours

Every Dragon Boat Barrie member is requested to perform at least 2 hours of volunteer work for the club each year. Have you completed yours yet? There are many ways to accumulate hours! Check out the details here!

That’s What She Said!

Hello ladies of Dragon Boat Barrie!

Our women’s team, That’s What She Said, will be competing at the GWN Challlenge in Toronto this September 12-13th and we are looking for a few more paddlers to fill the team roster!TWSS

The team will be practicing Wednesday evenings starting August 26 from 6:30 to 7:30pm over the course of the next three weeks.

Cost to join is just $35, and can be paid via the website at:

Please contact us to get your name added to the roster!

Paddles Up!