East meets West in South Baltimore...
The Baltimore Dragon Boat Club (BDBC) is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2008 to advance the 2,500-year-old sport of dragon boat racing through competition, while generating its greater awareness among Maryland residents. We are also a member of the Eastern Region Dragon Boat Association (ERDBA).
The club was formed by three forward-thinking individuals who participated in the dragon boat race hosted by the Catholic Charities, a bi-annual fundraising event where Baltimore corporate teams challenge each other to races in the Inner Harbor. David Gaskin, Susan Troupe, and John Pezzulla, having participated with their respective companies in the races, wanted to continue dragon boating on a yearly basis for enjoyment, exercise, and camaraderie and so the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club was born.
Since 2008, three founders have grown to close to 100 full time members, with paddlers as young as 10. Members have participated in festivals and regattas in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Montreal, Canada. In addition to racing, the club owns two dragon boats from fund raising efforts.
The Under Armour Sports Complex serves as the Club's home base. The spirited group of like-minded paddling enthusiasts has fun and trains hard each Wednesday and Saturday from April to October.
No experience is necessary to join the club. BDBC welcomes paddlers of all ages (from 10 years old) and skillsets. Whether your interest is recreational or competitive, our coaching staff will train you in safety, timing, and technique until you're in the boat gliding through the water, paddling in perfect unison with your teammates, one boat, one paddle!
Our team is full of positive, supportive, fun-loving, enthusiastic people, that are more like a family than a team. The welcome and encouragement you find at BDBC will make fitness easier to achieve. No one person is a team, and a team is nothing without its members.
Whether you join for fun or fitness, health or friendship, to learn or to compete...the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club is the place for you!
The mission of the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club is: To promote and develop the sport of dragon boating throughout the Greater Baltimore area,Mid-Atlantic region, and when privileged, throughout other regions of the United States, Canada, and the rest of the globe; To promote community outreach programs, cross-cultural understanding, and corporate team building programs all with the sport of dragon boating as the central focus. To promote for persons of all ages the development of healthy bodies and spirits through physical activity and provide a venue for the establishment and growth of friendships and teamwork; and to conduct any and all other activities relating to the above.