Pirates – Calm before the storm

Welcome to the home of the Pirates Dragon Boat Team. We are a mixed (men and women), amateur dragon boat team located in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs. The Pirates are a proud member of the Fraser Valley Paddling Club. Formed in the spring of 2005 we are fun loving bunch of scalawags have a flavourful and storied history

We are a wonderful blend of people from all different backgrounds, walks of life and paddling experience. We have some seasoned vets, others with a handful of years under their belts and a whole bunch of brand new paddlers. We all have one thing in common and that is a love for paddling and the fun and comradery that follows this great sport.

We love racing and playing on the water. You will find the team out on the water practicing every week during the dragon boat season. We participate in a number of regattas during the year. These entertaining events can take us all over the Lower Mainland and sometimes beyond. Racing is where the fun is. Practicing gives us the ability to race.

While you are here, you might as well check out the rest of our website. Everything you every wanted to know about us can be found in these pages. We try to update the website as often as we can. Check back often for new material and stories from the water.

If you are wanting to try out our sport, please feel free to head over to the Contact Info section for more information. We are always looking for some new people to jump aboard and try their hands at this exciting sport. No experience is required. All equipment supplied. There is no time like the present to join. We hope to see you on the water with us this year.


We Need You – Rebuilding After Covid

As we slowly make our way out of the pandemic and try and return back to “normal” we are met with the realization that Covid has decimated amateur sport throughout the world. Teams have had to dissolve due to low numbers. Clubs have had to shut down due to raising costs and drastic decrease in club memberships. Sporting events, including dragon boat regattas (races), have had to be cancelled because of social distancing, vaccine mandates, etc. Most clubs rely solely on membership numbers and hosting events as their major revenue sources. It has been very difficult for so many to try and keep going.

The Pirates have decided not to go quietly into the good night. After a year on hiatus, The Pirates are looking to rebuild. We are actively recruiting new paddlers for the upcoming dragon boat season starting in spring of 2023. We are looking for energetic people, lazy people, curious people, shy people, out going people, happy people, grumpy people, out of shape people, in shape people. I hope the message is clear. We are wanting any and all people to help us rebuild our great team. No experience is required. All that is required is the ability to laugh and the ability to try. If you can bring both those elements then we can help you with the rest.

If you are interested in trying out our sport with the possibility of joining our great group please make your way to the contact us page. It could very well change your life.

Why Join a Dragon Boat Team

There are a number of reasons to join a dragon boat team.

  • Improved health
  • Increased energy levels
  • Stress buster
  • Boost mental health
  • Increased hearth health
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Learn a new sport

All these, in themselves, are great reasons. Moving the body on a regular basis does promote good health. In addition to these great benefits are the mental and social benefits that this sport embraces.

  • Reconnect with people
  • Get back into the community
  • Meet new friends
  • Be part of a team
  • Travel to different events
  • Transform yourself

The person getting out of the boat on the last day of practice will not be the same person that gets into the boat on the first day of practice. This sport will change you in the most positive of ways. It will give you the ability to disconnect from the pressures of work and family and allow you to reconnect with yourself.

Paddling in a dragon boat is such a unique and rewarding experience. The views of Harrison Hot Springs from Harrison Lake never get old. Come join a team of crazy, fun loving people who can make your mundane weekends a little exciting. Enjoy a lifestyle only a water sport can provide. Harness that competitive nature that maybe you never knew you had by racing against other teams from around the area.

Join the Pirates for the 2023 season and make this spring/summer an unforgettable one. Become part of the Pirate family. You also get to wear the coolest team shirts on the water. Just sayin.

Videos from The Pirates

Throughout this season and others to come the Pirates will be showcasing video content from their YouTube channel. These videos will highlight training practices, regattas and social events. Check back often.