Merimbula Water Dragons in Merimbula

Interested in participating in one of Australia’s fastest growing water sports, making new friends, doing something different, challenging and fun?  Then the Merimbula Water Dragons Dragon Boat Club is for you. Merimbula Water Dragons (MWD) was formed in December 2015. 

Merimbula Water Dragons Paddle team Join Merimbula Water Dragons Paddling competition Sydney

Goals and aspirations

The goals of Merimbula Water Dragons
to provide the opportunity for the community to enjoy Dragon Boat Racing in a spirit of good companionship, enthusiasm and involvement within a supportive club environment
to provide a means to raise general levels of fitness and encourage social and competitive paddling in the stunning lake environment of Merimbula

Merimbula Water Dragons will:

- Maintain a respectful, supportive and fun Club environment
- Encourage participation in all categories of Dragon Boating
- Encourage community participation in Dragon Boating activities as a means of raising general levels of fitness
- Provide opportunities for people to enjoy dragon boating in a spirit of enthusiasm and involvement
- Encourage social paddling for those who want to paddle on our beautiful Merimbula lake in great company

History of Dragon Boating

The use of dragon boats for racing and dragons are believed by modern scholars, sinologists and anthropologists to have originated in southern central China more than 2,500 years ago along the banks of such iconic rivers as the Chang Jiang, also known as Yangtze.

Dragon boat racing as the basis for annual water rituals and festival celebrations, and for the traditional veneration of the Asian dragon water deity, has been practiced continuously since this period. The celebration is an important part of ancient agricultural Chinese society, celebrating the summer harvest.

The Dragon Boat Festival honours a patriotic Chinese poet Qu Yuan who drowned himself as a protest against the evils of corruption.