Dragon Boat Paddling Camps consist of 5 days in length and include 9 on water sessions focused on boat mechanics. They can be adjusted in session length and intensity to accommodate the level of paddlers and the team goals. 

Camps can be held in Cheryl’s location in Alberta, Canada or at your location. 

Attendees receive  the following tools to prepare for and track their progress during and after camp 

Video Lessons

Paddling drills to accustom to the coaches verbiage, commands and mechanics presented

Paddling Journal

Paddler tool to track mindset, weather conditions, hydration and nourishment

Dry Land Exercises

Exercises paddlers can use to strengthen the movement patterns developed during camp


Camp is not designed to change the stroke your team is using. The patterns of firing that happen with proper body alignment, or body mechanics, are universal to all dragon boat strokes. Also universal are the blade mechanics, or what paddlers aim to do with their paddle when it goes into the water. 

These mechanics are the relationship of the paddler to the water that are applicable whether you do the A stroke, D stroke or OC stroke. I give paddlers the knowledge to begin to transfer their body weight to the water in aligned and powerful positions so they can develop more power in their stroke.

Because of this particular camp format coaches and teams feel confident as they continue to implement their technique and training processes. I work closely WITH coaches by offering a different focus of the universal paddling principles.

Here is a glimpse of 4 of the sessions you can expect at camp. 

Dragon Boat Cheat: The Chicken Leg

This video describes the cheat patterning that happens when we go to hinge in our stroke.

4 minutes

Dragon Boat Exercise: Training The Back Body For Hinging

 Hinging in rotation gives us the ability to land the full core on the water rather than just the arms.

3 minutes

Dragon Boat Cheat: The Lean Out

Leaning out of the dragon boat in proper form is how you “land on your blade”.

3 minutes

Dragon Boat Exercise: Firing Patterns For Leg Drive

This exercise is a drill to wake up the firing pattern of linear rotation.

2 minutes

Just had to say “thanks” again for all your help this past week! I heard your voice in my head last night at practice…. I have learned so much and hope to incorporate it in my padding both on the Dragonboat and OC.

Pat Van Stedum, dragon boat paddler

I thoroughly enjoyed the camp and had so many takeaway’s. Improvement in stroke efficiency and connection with the water never mind confidence to paddle right in the OC. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Annette Hughes, dragon boat paddler/coach

I have been waiting a long time to find a female coach who is willing to help beginners! Thank you so much for putting your work out there.

Tammi N, OC paddler, Portland Oregon

I recently came across your youtube channel, and have been devouring the videos. I have been especially loving your videos about the RED method of setting up your stroke.

Jess Newport, Coach of Chemo-Kazes, Raleigh Dragon Boat Club