Up North: Paddle a Dragon Boat with Blue Water Paddling

Chelsie Brown
Updated: July 10, 2019 09:29 PM

Megan Kress considers herself a life long paddler. She's paddled everything from kayaks, canoes, to even dragon boats.


"This really combined two of my favorite things which was paddle sports and being on the water and team environment and team culture. Those are things I'm really passionate about," said Kress."

As one of the head coaches and co-founders of Blue Water Paddling, Kress has over 20 years of experience dragon boating. However, she knows that operating one of these 40-foot, 500 pound human-powered water crafts takes a team - 22 people to be exact, who all have different levels of experience.

"We have some newbies even this year that are just already in love with it and buying their own paddles," said Diane Johnson. "It's really cool to watch them see what I like and see what I love about the sport," she added.

Johnson has been involved with Blue Water Paddling for about 10 years. She says she loves the competition and people that participate in this sport and even has some ink to prove it.

Then, there's others that make up the team with just a couple years of paddling experience like Samantha Anderson. Anderson says the best way to learn is by watching others.

"Being kind of new it's a lot for me. I like watching other people, learning from other people, and kind of taking everybody's advice and working together," said Anderson about how she continues to learn from the sport.

For those looking to learn more about dragon boating, there's an open paddle night that happens every Tuesday at Barkers Island. It's the best way for newbies to dip their toes in the water - learning the right paddling technique, terminology, and the importance of timing and synchronicity when it comes to racing.

"You might not be the strongest group of paddlers, but if you're all moving together, you'll be faster," said Kress about technique.

Visit the link to learn more about Blue Water Paddling.


Chelsie Brown

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