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Due to Covid-19 capacity limts and mandated closures, Dragon Boat programming may change. In the case of a cancelation due to mandated closures, refunds will be issued.  The price will be prorated accordingly. Thank you for your patience as we navigate our way through the pandemic.

ABOUT Canal Dragons

Canal Dragons are recruiting new members.  Canal Dragons are Dragon Boat Crews for adults and seniors, all genders and abilities.  With 5 dragon boats, this program has room for growth and a spot for everyone,  whether you are a beginner, a competitive athlete or somewhere in between. The focus is on fitness, strength, paddling technique, and camaraderie.   

Hope Floats Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS) Dragon Boat Crew are members of Canal Dragons. Hope Floats members register on Canal Dragons and indicate that they wish to be on the BCS crew. Click here for more information about our BCS crew. 

We plan to attend 3 - 5 races covid permitting. Racing is optional.

Participants will be assigned to boats/crews by the coaches. The coaches take into consideration crew and paddler needs, abilities and goals and will follow divisional rules. 

Les « Canal Dragons » recrute de nouveaux membres!

Qui sont les « Canal Dragons »?

Le groupe « Canal Dragons » comprend des équipes de bateaux-dragons pour adultes et séniors, hommes et femmes, quelle que soit leur habileté.  Avec cinq bateaux, ce programme offre une place pour toutes et tous, tout en offrant une occasion de croissance, que vous soyez débutant, athlète compétitif ou quelque part entre les deux.  L’accent est mis sur le conditionnement physique, le développement de la force, la technique de pagaie et la camaraderie.

L’équipe « Hope Floats Breast Cancer Survivors » (BCS) fait partie des « Canal Dragons ».  Les membres de Hope Floats s’inscrivent au groupe Canal Dragons, en indiquant qu’ils souhaitent faire partie de l’éauipe Hope Floats.  Cliquez ici pour plus d’information au sujet de l’équipe BCS.

Nous prévoyons participer à entre 3 et 5 courses en 2023, en autant qu’il n’y aura pas d’empêchements causés par Covid.  La participation aux courses est facultative.

Les participants seront assignés aux bateaux/équipes par les entraîneurs.  Les entraîneurs tiennent compte des besoins de l’équipe et des participants, de leurs habiletés et objectifs, tout en suivant les règlements mis en place par l’organisation.


On-water Season 2023

May 1 - October 31

Monday and Wednesday 

Spring May & June

Summer July 11 - September 17

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Autumn September 19 - October 31

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Winter Season 2022/23

December 10 through March 29 or

January 23 through March 29

Monday & Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 8:pm

Mondays 4:00 pm - 5:30:pm

Saturdays 9:30 am - 11:am

Mix & Match 1 - 3x per week

Monday & Wednesday

Saturday & Monday

Saturday & Wednesday

Monday & Wednesday & Saturday

Monday or Wednesday or Saturday



1 mai - 31 octobre

lundi et mercredi

Printemps Mai & Juin

Été 11 juillet - 17 septembre

18h30 - 20h00

Automne 19 septembre - 31 octobre

18h00 - 19h30


Janvier 23 décembre au 29 mars

Lundi & mercredi 18h30 - 20h

Lundi 16h- 17h30

Samedi 9h30 - 11h

Mélanger et assortir

 1 à 3 fois par semaine



samedi & lundi

Samedi & Mercredi

Lundi & Mercredi & Samedi

Lundi ou Mercredi ou Samedi


Fees may be paid in full or a monthly fee schedule can be arranged. 

2023 On-water Full Season:  $200

Spring: $95

Summer: $130

Autumn: $60 

2022/23 Winter Full Season

Jan 23 through Mar 27:

3x per week: $280

2x per week $200

1x per week $100

Dec through Mar: 

3x per week: $410

2x per week: $280

1x per week: $150

(in the tank @ WIFC)

Prorated fees available for late registration if space is available.

Drop-in Fee: 

  • Member:  On-water $5 |  Winter $15
  • Non-member:  Spring Training  |On-water $10 | Winter $20.

Contact: for late registration price.


Les frais peuvent être payés en totalité ou un barème de frais mensuels peut être établi.

Saison complète sur l'eau 2023 :

200 $

Printemps : 95 $

Été : 130 $

Automne : 60 $

Saison complète d'hiver 2022/23

De janvier à mars :

3x par semaine : 280 $

2x par semaine : 200 $

1x par semaine : 100 $

(dans le réservoir @ WIFC)

Frais au prorata disponibles pour les inscriptions tardives si des places sont disponibles.

Frais d'inscription :

Membre : Sur l'eau 5 $ | Hiver 15 $

Non-membre : Entraînement printanier |Sur l'eau 10 $ | Hiver 20 $.

Contactez : pour le prix des inscriptions tardives

Register below

Inscrivez-vous ci-dessous

Upcoming events - évènements à venir

    • 10/12/2022
    • 31/03/2023
    • WIFC
    • 12

    Canal Dragons (includes Hope Floats)

    Canal Dragons Mixed Dragon Boat Crew include our Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Crew, Hope Floats.  

    Winter session 2022/2023

    This is an excellent program to build on your strength, fitness and technique through the winter to prepare for the on-water season. 

    90 minute sessions split between the gym and paddle tank.


    Registraton open!

    January 23 2023 through March 28 2023

    No practice on stat holidays.

    May participate in 1,2 or 3 sessions per week.  

    1x per week = $100, 2x per week = $200, 3x per week =$280

    Saturday sessions are recommended for athletes that want to step it up a notch and are enthusiastic about racing.

    Price: Payment may be made in installments

    Monday evening or afternoon session only:

    6:30-8:00 pm or 4:00 - 5:30 pm

    Registration open!

    January 23 - March 27

    excluding holiday February 20th


    Wednesday evening session only:

    6:30-8:00 pm

    Registration open!

    January 25 - March 29


    Saturday morning session only: By exception only.  Must have a code to register for Saturday morning only, contact 

    9:30 - 11:00 am

    Registration open!

    January 28 - March 27


    Monday & Wednesday evening session or

    Monday afternoon & Wednesday evening session or

    Saturday morning and Wednesday evening session:

    evening 6:30 - 8:00 pm (Monday and/or Wednesday)

    afternoon session 4:00 - 5:30pm (Monday)

    morning session 9:30 - 11am (Saturday)

    Registration open!

    January 23 - March 29


    Saturday morning & Monday evening session:

    6:30 - 8 pm Monday

    9:30 - 11 am Saturday

    Registraton open!

    January 23 - March 27


    excluding holiday February 20th  

    Saturday morning & Monday & Wednesday evening session:

    6:30 - 8 pm Monday & Wednesday (may attend Monday afternoon)

    9:30 - 11 am Saturday

    January 23 - March 28



    If you are ill,  or have been exposed to covid-19, please stay home. 

    Due to covid-19 variable restrictions and rules will be placed by all levels of government, the WIFC and SNCC.  All registrants must attest to being vaccinated. Proof required upon request. Covid-19 rules must be followed at all times.  Click here for covid-19 rules.

    • 11/01/2023
    • 28/03/2023
    • Welland International Fatwater Center

    FREE INDOOR DRAGON BOAT SESSION WITH OUR CREW - Whether you have never paddled before, or are a seasoned dragon boater these free indoor sessions are for you. All are welcome. 

    Mondays 4:00 -5:30pm & 6:30 - 8pm

    Wednesdays 6:30 - 8pm

    Saturdays 9:30 - 11am - Crew members that train on Saturdays are serious minded paddlers that are committed to improvement. Novices are welcome, but need to be prepared to jump right in for Saturday morning sessions. 

    Click on Show Details to see a list of all the available dates

    Drop in and Learn to Paddle spaces with the crew are limited to 6 participants per session. Maximum 3 free sessions per person. 

    No experience necessary.  Have fun, learn the sport and the stroke and gain the skills and confidence to join a Dragon Boat crew. 

    Click here for a list of things to wear and bring.


    Click here for the covid-19 rules

    Click here for information on the Welland International Flatwater Center

    • 16/01/2023
    • 31/03/2023
    • SNCC
    • 192


    If you can't find a date/time that suits your schedule, please add your name to the waitlist. We are planning to schedule more sessions.

    Learn to Paddle sessions brought to you by Ontario Trillium Fund provide the opportunity for Niagara Region residents to try the sport of Dragon Boat in a safe and fun environment at no charge. 

    No experience necessary.  Have fun, learn the sport, the stroke and gain the skills and confidence to join a Dragon Boat crew.    Ages 18 - 65+

    At the Welland International Flatwater Centre in the indoor tank.    


    See our covid-19 policy here.

    • 13/05/2023
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • SNCC @ WIFC

    Dragon Boat Canada steering certification course.

    Trainer: Scott Murray

    This free 4 hour steering course is for South Niagara Canoe Club members only and has been paid for by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  

    Volunteer paddlers are required and are asked to register here. 

    Upon completion of this course, participants will need to fulfill these additional requirements in order to be deemed Officially Certified by Dragon Boat Canada:

    1. Be deemed "Ready to Race", complete your first race at a regatta, and notify your instructor (Scott Murray)
    2. Successfully complete your Pleasure Craft Operators License (Boater Exam)
    3. Successfully complete your basic/standard First Aid (any First Aid provider)
    4. Successfully complete the online course, Safe Sport (Safe Sport)

    Spaces are limited. If there is space available after all South Niagara Canoe Club members have had first refusal this course will be offered to members outside of SNCC at the same price offered through Alkame. $150 plus hst.

Paddling location

Welland International Flatwater Centre

16 Townline Tunnel Road

Welland, ON 

Contact Us 


108 Thorold Road East

Welland, ON L3C7A6

Many thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support! 

Very special thanks to photographer and SNCC friend Anthony Gallaccio of Welland.

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