They came, they saw, they tried

SATURDAY was a lovely morning for Narooma Blue Water Dragons’ first Come and Try day for the season.

The Club set up shop at Quota Park and following registration and warm up, newbies teamed up with club members before the boat set off for a paddle around Forster’s Bay.

Patrons at Quarterdeck and Taylor’s cafes were treated to the sight of a full boat including dragon’s head, tail and drummer as the crew quickly got onto the swing of things.

The new paddlers, none of whom had dragon boated before, picked up the skills almost immediately and before long the whole crew was “reaching it out” and motoring across the water.

Sweep for the day, Peter Essex said, “It was an outstanding effort from the new paddlers.  Our experienced crew members gave the newbies some tips along the way and the whole experience was an enjoyable one for everyone on board.”

The 40 minute paddle included all the paddling skills as well as practice changing sides and seemed to be over quickly.  Drummer, Adrienne Brennan, shot some great footage with the club’s Go-Pro camera so everyone involved will be able to see themselves in action.

The general consensus among the new paddlers was “great fun, when do we paddle next?”

The day wouldn’t have been possible without the ground crew who set up the gazebo, registered paddlers and took photos.  Thanks Sue and Brian Liddy, Libby Shortridge, Eric Sharp, Peter Seath, Jen and Rod Willcocks.

If you’d like to try dragon boating, contact Peter or Kathryn on 4476 3952 or email 

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