Race Information and Team Registration

Information for Dates, Fees and How to Create a Team.

Important Dates

February 10, 2017 – Early Bird Deadline ($150 discount)
March 31, 2017 – Early Bird Deadline ($50 discount)
April 28, 2017 - Registration Deadline
May 12, 2017 – Withdrawal Deadline
May 31, 2017 – Final Registration Deadline
June 2, 2017 – Waiver & Team Roster Deadline
TBA – Captains’ Meeting
June 17th-18th, 2017 – Festival Race at Toronto Centre Island

Team Entry Fees

(A) Corporate Teams (Premier mixed, women) – $2,300
(B) Community Teams (Premier mixed, women) – $1,600
(C) University Teams (Premier mixed, women) – $1,300
(D) Junior Mixed Teams – $700
(E) Sport Division – $800

1.  How to Create a Team

Dragonboat is an exciting sport! Easy to learn but hard to master. Each roster has a minimum of 16 people, maximum of 28, 20 people paddle in the boat at a time and there needs to be at least 10 female paddlers. Except if you are paddling in Sport Open. (Read the Sport Division page for more information)

Each crew will participate in four races (two heats, a special race, and a final.) Teams, whether they are local, national or international, will all be competing in the same race structure.

Each crew has a steer, and a drummer, if you would like to hire one, you can contact Sunnyside Paddling Club for more information: blake@sunnysidepc.ca.

Drummers or steer-persons can be either men or women for any types of entries, and for multiple teams.

Need Paddlers or want to be a Paddler?
If you would like to create a team but need some more members, or if you are new to Toronto and would like to join our team, email race@dragonboats.com we will match people together like pieces in a puzzle.

2. Fill out Online Registration

TIDBRF Registration Package 2017.PDF

Register a Team Online
There are three things you have to decide upon while filling out the registration: The division, category, and special race.

Choose a Division

(A) Premier Mixed Division - Both men and women paddling, minimum of 10 women paddlers.
(B) Premier Women Division- Only women paddlers
(C) Junior Mixed Division - Crew members who are at least 15 but under 19 years of age on February 12, 2016.
(D) Dragon Boat Canada Sport - A competitive league regulated by Dragon Boat Canada. Dragon Boat Canada must confirm the team’s eligibility before acceptance into this division.

Choose a Category
100% of each team must fit into the following categories. Teams not registered as Corporate are not allowed to have a Team Name that promotes a business, represent any commercial interests, or take part in the races wearing or displaying any clothing or other items such as banners displaying commercial interests.

(A) Corporate - staff from a business creating a team.
(B) Community - people not connected to a corporation organizing a team.
(C) University - students in college or university.
(D) Junior- High school students between the ages of 15-19.
(E) Sport Open - all men’s group that races in the Dragon Boat Canada Sport Regatta.
(F) Sport Women - all women’s group that races in the Dragon Boat Canada Sport Regatta.

Choose a Special Race
This race is normally organized to have groups of bankers, hospital, non-profit, educators, international/National and university teams race each other for one race. If there are at least 4 teams in a category, we can create a special race for that group. Put down a group you would like to create and we will see if it can be done!

Actual placement in each category will be done at the discretion of the TIDBRF

3. Rosters and Waivers


Team Roster 2017.PDF

Waivers can be completed through the online registration. If you are under 18 please submit a manual waiver, signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Team Rosters are due June 3rd. Feel free to email them to race@dragonboats.com or hand them in at the Captain’s Meeting.

4. Captains’ Meeting and Practices

The Captains’ meeting will be held in June to go over the race structure, rules, waivers, rosters, and hand out any important information.

The following are the suppliers for dragon boat practice and training facilities and services recommended by the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival. Teams are urged to contact these facilities directly to book their practice and training needs.


Sunnyside Paddling Club

Tel: 416-532-6979
E-mail: info@sunnysidepc.ca
Website: www.sunnysidepc.ca
Practice Site: Sunnyside Beach, Lakeshore


ALKAME Dragonboat Services

Tel: 905-492-4040
E-mail: info@alkame.ca
Website: www.alkame.ca
Practice Sites: Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering


Mississauga Canoe Club

Tel: 905-274-2127
E-mail: mccdragonboat@mississaugacanoeclub.com
Website: www.mississaugacanoeclub.com
Practice Sites: Credit River, Mississauga


Humber Bay Dragon Boat Club

Tel: 416-354-2330
E-mail: humberbaydbc@gmail.com
Website: www.humberbaydbc.com
Practice Sites: Mimico, Toronto


Iron River Racing

Tel: (416) 993-9164
E-mail: info@ironriverracing.ca
Website: www.ironriverracing.ca
Practice Site: Humber River, Toronto


Afterburn Performance Fitness Inc.

Tel: 416 - 624 - 5439
E-mail: info@afterburnfitness.ca
Website: www.afterburnfitness.ca
Practice Sites: Scarborough, Ontario (Indoor facility with pool specifically designed for Dragon Boat)


5. Get in the Water and Give it your all!



Directions to Queens Quay Ferry Docks:


The Toronto Ferry Docks is located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.


Directions by TTC: From Union station take the 509 Harbourfront or the 510 Spadina streetcar south to the Bay and Queen’s Quay Stop. Alternately, take the Bay Bus #6 southbound from the corner of Front and Bay to the Bay and Queen’s Quay stop. The entrance to the ferry docks is on the south side of the street, just east of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.


More information about Centre Island and the ferries:
416-392-8193 or The Ferry-Schedule.