On May 21, DragonSports contacted all team captains/contacts to verify information previously supplied regarding our new requirement that all current DragonSports dragon boat tillers obtain either an Oregon Boater Education Card or PaddleSports Certificate (OBEC/PSC) by March 31, 2013.
Going forward, any tillers currently not in compliance and any new individuals that you intend to train as tillers, will be required to attend DragonSports' own training (a FREE two-hour classroom session with open book exam) within three months of starting their training (or joining your team if they are an experienced tiller, but not previously reported to DragonSports). The OBEC/PSC requirement will be discontinued in lieu of this new program. Any tillers who have previously met the OBEC/PSC requirement are still encouraged to attend a classroom session to learn information specific to navigating the Willamette River.
The next tiller training classroom session is currently scheduled for 1pm on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at PBS Environmental (4343 SW Corbett in Portland - map).
Effective January 1, 2013, please use the new provisional membership waiver form to track new members until they join DragonSports using the new membership application and waiver form. Please scan and submit completed waiver forms to the DSUSA Scheduler with your schedules quarterly. Please do not leave waivers in the lockers.
Construction on Portland's newest bridge, between the Marquam and Ross Island Bridges, began July 2011.
All river traffic, including DragonSports dragon boats and outrigger canoes, are subject to no-wake zones and should stay within the 400-foot-wide channel in the center of the river as shown here.
For more information on this project, please visit the TriMet website.
Looking for information on the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races? You're close...
Many DragonSports Teams participate in Rose Festival, but the races are organized by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association, not DragonSports.
Please visit the PKSCA website for more information.
If you'd like to get a leg-up on Rose Festival, DragonSports Teams practice year-round in Hong Kong-style dragon boats with DragonSports USA. Email us and we'll try to connect you with a team.