What is Dragonboat?
A dragon boat team consists of 20 paddlers sitting two abreast, plus a steersperson who steers the dragon boat from the rear and a drummer who sits at the front. The team of paddlers work in unison to propel the boat forwards from a standing start, the aim being to reach the finish line in the fastest time. Generally a race consists of between 4 and 6 boats.
What if I am not in the greatest shape?
We all start from somewhere. It takes some time to get used to the new gym and working out environment. With us you will be immersed in an encouraging and supportive environment where the trainers will be there with you every step of the way. All fitness levels are welcome and we encourage everyone to give dragon boat a try, especially those that are gearing towards something out of their comfort zone.
Do I have to be a Rotman Commerce student to try out?
Although we are affiliated with Rotman Commerce, we welcome all students who attend the University of Toronto from all program backgrounds.
How does team selection work?
Throughout the year, recruits must attend official training sessions hosted by the trainers as well as the executive team. The more training sessions attended by the recruit, the more they will get to know the veterans and vice versa. Attending training sessions is a prerequisite in order to participate in a fit test in which your strength as well as growth will be measured. There will be 3 fit tests hosted throughout the year leading up to boat season (one in November, one in February, and a paddle test in March). Final team selection is not solely based on fit test results as team members are chosen based on the 3 C’s of Liquid Assets: Character, Commitment, and Athleticism.
What is the required time commitment?
New recruits are expected to attend 2 practices each week, but that may increase if you plan on staying competitive. Most veterans train 4 hours during the week and commit to the 2 hour Saturday practices to stay in shape. How much time you put in the gym will really show during your fit tests and growth doesn’t happen overnight. Remember, commitment is one of the 3 C’s of Liquid Assets and we hope that you will show us your dedication throughout the year!