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Bytown Evolution

Gel with a crew of 22 fitness-focused paddlers that aim to improve and faster every practice from mid-May to mid-August


Bytown Dragon Boat Club sponsors this competitive kick-start program, focused on training to race

We are still getting our program details sorted for the year, but you can reserve your seat by filling in our Join a Crew form.


This program is a bridge for recreational paddlers or fit adults to prepare them to train and compete with a competitive dragon boat crew. We also welcome competitive-level paddlers who are looking for a lower commitment level.


Recreational paddlers or fit adults interested in trying competitive dragon boat without the full commitment of our competitive crews

  • Premier Mixed: men and women aged 24+​

  • Senior Mixed: men and women aged 39+

No experience is necessary, but a background that includes other team sports or race-based sports is helpful.

What's Involved:

Practices will be 2x per week and cover 13 weeks mid-May to mid-August with an optional season-extension to October. Registration includes 2 festivals, and the opportunity for more.

Enjoy long summer evenings refreshed by the water!

Participants may paddle with other crews at the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, this will not be one of our festivals.​


Cost: TBD 2023

All-inclusive, includes:

  • Two practices per week

  • Entry and racing at two dragon boat festivals / competitions

  • Team Uniform

  • Bytown Dragon Boat Club Membership


Note: Participants will also need to register as Dragon Boat Canada members (~$30) to compete

Competitive Crews​

Our competitive crews compete at the highest levels of their divisional racing


Our crews are currently training for the Can-Am Championships in July 2024 and the  Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy in September 2024


Interested paddlers will be contacted by our team captains and assessed by our crew coaches prior to being placed on a team.


Experienced paddlers or competitive individuals in the following divisions:

  • Carleton Ravens U24: ages 18-24​

  • Evolution Premier: All ages

  • Evolution Senior: ages 39+

  • Sportchicks Senior A Women (ages 39+)

  • Sportchicks Senior B Women (ages 49+)

  • Super C Senior C Women (ages 59+)

  • Senior C Open / Men (ages 59+)

  • Senior D Mixed (ages 69+)

What's involved:

​3-4 practices per week plus off-water training

Racing at 4+ festivals in Ottawa, Montreal, and abroad

Winter training: fitness training, pool paddling

Regular assessments​​​​ 


Varies by crew according to the crew's practice choices and festivals. Travel is expected.


Fill in our "Join a Crew" form. 

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