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Join A Dragon Boat Team

Dragon boat has teams that are united by different abilities, demographics, goals and special interests. Afterburn provides coaching, indoor training and also partners with paddling clubs across the GTA to operate programming for a number of different goals according to the Canoe Kayak Canada Long-Term Athlete Development model here. All programs benefit from certified trainers and coaches, with sport-specific experience and vulnerable sector screening.

The following programs cater to different goals, please fill out our interest form here  and we can help get you setup!

New for 2024 are a youth program and programs operating from the downtown east side.


For other programs that paddle from our Sunnyside Paddling Club, see link here.

Learn to Paddle

Looking to try out the sport? Or want your yearly shot of adrenaline? This 5 week course sets you up to have fun, meet new people, learn to paddle and HOPEFULLY love it so much that you'll join our other crews. 

Start date: May 18th, 2024

Requirements: Any age, no prior experience required

Equipment: To be provided

Practice Times:

May 18, 2024 - 1PM at Afterburn Fitness

June 1, 8, 22, 29, July 6th, 2024 - 9AM at Sunnyside Paddling Club

Races: GWN Sport Race July 13th, 2024

Cost: $180

Learn to Train

Have fun and get your paddle on in a more casual training environment!
Requirements: Any age, no experience required

Equipment: To be provided

Location: Outer Harbour Dragon Boat Club (East) OR Sunnyside Paddling Club (West)

Practice Times:


-Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30PM


-Wednesdays at 7:30PM

-Saturdays at 10:30AM

Start date: 

East: May 2nd, 2024

West: April 29th, 2024


  • Milton - May 25, 2024

  • TIDBRF - June 15th and 16th, 2024

Cost: $440

Start date: June 24, 2024


  • GWN Sport Race July 13th, 2024

  • GWN Challenge September 7th and 8th, 2024

Cost: $510

Youth Team

This program is new for 2024. The program will train with adult crews until program enrolment reaches 18 or more paddlers. For our first year, paddlers are encouraged to join for off-season training with our competition crew as soon as able to allow for as much fitness and technical training before we head onto the water.


Goal: Introduce youth to the sport of dragon boat

Requirements: Under 24, no prior experience needed


Season Duration: East (May 2nd), West (April 27th)

Equipment: To be provided


Practice Times:


-Thursdays at 6pm at Balmy Beach Canoe Club


-Saturdays at 9AM at Sunnyside Paddling Club

Afterburn Summer Strength and Conditioning (Optional)

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM at Afterburn Fitness



GWN Sport Race July 13th, 2024


Cost: $180 (West), $180 (East)

Competition/ Masters Crew

Compete at the highest levels of competition while maximizing a 2-3 times a week commitment on the water. Selection process in effect.


Requirements: All ages and experience levels are welcomed but candidates especially those with little experience in the gym or on the water should be highly motivated to better themselves and work hard


Start date: October 14th, 2023. Candidates are encouraged to try out even if past this date but should expect to be behind in certain concepts


Equipment: Paddlers should have their own lifejacket and paddle within the first week of on-water training in May

Practice Times: (Joint with the competition crew)

October to April:

Saturdays at 7:30AM @ Afterburn Fitness


April to September:

Wednesdays at 7:30PM @ Sunnyside Paddling Club

Saturdays at 10:30AM @ Sunnyside Paddling Club


Pickering Dragon Boat Festival – June 1, 2024

Vancouver – June 22, 23, 2024

Nationals – July 24 to 28, 2024

GWN Challenge September 7th and 8th, 2024

Cost: $~1100

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