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Dragon boat is for adults of all ages, genders, and fitness levels. It is a team sport with crews up to twenty paddlers. If you have never paddled a dragon boat, you are encouraged to jump right in.

The 2023 Canadian Dragon Boat Championships took place on our home course, the Welland International Flatwater Center.  

Le bateau-dragon est destiné aux adultes de tous âges, sexes et niveaux de forme physique. C'est un sport d'équipe avec des équipages jusqu'à vingt pagayeurs. Si vous n'avez jamais pagayé sur un bateau-dragon, nous vous encourageons à vous lancer.

Les Championnats canadiens de bateau-dragon 2023 ont eu lieu sur notre parcours à domicile, le Welland International Flatwater Center.

Dragon Boat PROGRAMS

Available to Members & Non Members

Member Programs

Scroll down to register or click on the program below for more information.

Member & Non- Member Programs

List of programs

Register Below

    • 25/04/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Welland Civic Centre, Large Community Room, 60 East Main Street, Welland
    • 29/04/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Welland Civic Centre, 60 East Main Street, Welland

      Safe Sport is a topic at the forefront of many sport conversations today and organizations are dealing with more challenging behaviours than ever before. This workshop will equip coaches, management and volunteers with the awareness and tools needed to make a positive impact in their communities. Coaches set the stage for how kids on a team are treated, and management sets the stage for how coaches, players, parents/guardians and officials treat one another. Both coaches and management must be very clear in creating an atmosphere of respect, support and team unity. In order to do this coaches and management must understand the difference between competitive spirit and true bullying; whether it be from players, parents, management or coaches.


      In this workshop participants will establish a common language, become better equipped to identify instances of bullying, learn how to take a “no-nonsense approach” to bullying and understand the importance of having clear policies and procedures to deal with issues.

      Our Coach & Management Workshop will award participants with up to three NCCP professional development points thanks to our partnership with the Coaches Association of Canada.

    Visit Dare to Care at Bully Prevention in Sports | Dare to Care

    • 01/05/2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • 31/10/2024
    • 8:00 PM
    • SNCC - WIFC
    • 77


    Performance, Development and Recreational crews

    Mixed, women's, cancer survivor & breast cancer survivor crews

    Adults of all genders and fitness levels welcome.  

    This program focuses on individual and team development, fitness, strength and technique.  Canal Dragons attend 1 -5 races.  

    Racing is optional, and racing fees are additional. You may attend as many or as few races as decided between you, your team and your coach.

    Participants are assigned to training groups:

    Performance, Development or Recreational.

    Recreational or Development can be chosen by the paddler, Performance must be earned with a commitment to training and developed paddling skills. The coaches will help you decide where you fit and movement from one training group to another is fluid.

    Mixed, women's, age categories, para, cancer survivor and breast cancer survivor crews train with both their training groups and with their class category crews.


    May - August 6:30-8:00pm

    September 6:00 - 7:30 pm

    October TBD

    Development and Performance: -Mondays and/or Wednesdays 

    Crews train for racing, fitness, strength, skill and camaraderie.

    Recreational paddling:  Mondays.  

    Crews train for wellness and camaraderie. 

    Weekends TBD and will be an extra charge.

    The schedule changes in autumn when the days get shorter.  The membership will be polled to determine which days and at what time training will be in October.

    There will be two night paddles scheduled.

    Member Price:  

    Full season May 1 - October 31

    1x per week $150

    2x per week $250 

    Spring session May 1 - June 30

    1x per week $100

    2x per week $150

    Summer session July 1 - August 31

    1x per week $100

    2x per week $150

    Spring & Summer May 1 - August 31 - note the price is the same as for the full season, choose full season when registering for Spring & Summer - no autumn.

    1x per week $150

    2x per week $250

    Drop in fee $12.

    Want to give us a test run? Contact us for 3 for free trial sessions.

    Payments may be made in installments

    No discounts for vacations or sick days, prices have been developed with both in mind. No practices on holidays.

    Do you wish to join for part of the on water season only?

    You may join us mid-season. Simply register for the remainder of the on water season and prices will be prorated to the end of the season, your invoice will be updated and issued.

    Non-member price:

    Double the member price.  Membership recommended. See the Join-Us tab. 

    Joining late in season? Need more information? Contact

    • 13/05/2024
    • 5:30 PM
    • 19/06/2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • South Niagara Canoe Club
    • 9
    Are you someone who loves the water?  
    Do you want to be a part of a new kayaking program?
    South Niagara Canoe Club with funding from Canoe Kayak Canada is excited to be offering a pilot program for individuals aged 15 and up with intellectual impairments.

    Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, May 13 to June 19
    Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
    Cost: $50/person, no HST

    Wear comfortable clothing as you might get wet.

    Bring a towel, a dry change of clothes, and bottled water to drink.

    Support persons are welcome to cheer from the shore.  

    SNCC will provide the boat, the paddle, and the personal flotation device/life jacket.  Along with fun and safe training!

    Email: for more information.
    • 07/06/2024
    • 6:15 PM
    • 23/08/2024
    • 7:45 PM
    • WIFC, 16 Townline Tunnel Road, Welland, Ontario

    This inclusive dragon boat session is designed for Special Needs individuals. 

    Family and friends are welcome to join the crew or watch.  All paddlers and volunteers must register.  

    Price: $35

    Schedule: June 7 - August 16.

    Friday evenings 6:15 - 7:45 pm.

    On land warm up at 6:15, on the water 6:30 - 7:30, on land cool down 7:30 - 7:45

    No Practice on July 26 - closed for Can/Am Dragon Boat Championships.

    No practice on August 9 - closed for Hope Floats Challenge.

    No practice on August 23 - closed for the Western Ontario Division CK Nationals.

    No practice on August 30 - closed for Labour Day Holiday weekend.

    Registration fee includes racing fees for the Hope Floats Challenge Dragon Boat Festival Saturday August 10 2024

    Location:  Welland International Flatwater Center

    9 training dates: June 7,14,21,28, July 5,12,19,August 2, 16.


    All equipment supplied.   

    It is recommended to bring your own life jacket if you have one.

    For more information contact

    Volunteers: This program is 100% volunteer driven by SNCC members and participant family or support.

    • 08/06/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Welland International Flatwater Centre, North Course

    Posted for scheduling purposes.

    Dragon boat races

    Friday June 7 teams can practice with dragon boats organized by Alkame Dragon Boat Services.

    Saturday June 8 at 7am vendors set up and teams arrive. Races begin at approximately 9am and continue until approximately 3pm at which time there is an award ceremony.

    More details available at

    • 24/07/2024
    • 7:00 AM
    • 28/07/2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Welland International Flatwater Centre, North Course
    • 09/08/2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 11/08/2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • Welland International Flatwater Centre, North Course

    Posted for scheduling purposes.  More information here:

    Return of the 2nd annual Welland Hope Floats Challenge, a dragon boat festival focused on the Breast Cancer Survivor population.

    • 05/10/2024
    • 08/10/2024
    • Welland International Flatwater Centre, North Course

    Posted for scheduling purposes only.

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 and Delta City Bingo in Welland for their support! 


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

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