The Amazon Dragons were founded in Portland, Oregon in 1992. The club was started as part of the Lesbian Community Project to give a face to lesbians living in the local community. During that time gay and lesbian awareness and acceptance was not what it is today. For more than 20 years, the Amazons have welcomed all women 16 years and older to join and compete in the international sport of dragon boat racing.
Our season starts February 1st and runs through October. In February the club members, and women interested in joining, participate in fitness activities in the gym twice a week. On-water practices three times a week begin in March, on Sunday morning and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Members are expected to attend scheduled practices and quarterly general membership meetings. Membership opportunities are available until April 1st. Click here to contact our Membership Director about paddling with us.
New paddlers can practice with the club three times for free before joining as a member. To become a full member, participants pay an annual club due of $125 and a one-time $40 membership fee to DragonSports USA.
We are a competitive team and participate in 5-7 races each season, generally within the western United States and Canada.
The Amazon Dragons Paddling Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We operate with a board of directors elected from within the membership. Our head coach is an experienced paddler with more than 20 years of experience coaching.