Capital City Dragons FAQ
Can my child try out Dragon Boating to see if he/she likes it?
Of course! Youth are welcome to come down and take a few spins in a dragon boat. See Youth Trial Practices for more information and to RSVP (at least 24 hours in advance) so staff can plan accordingly.
What will my child gain from the program?
With a highly-skilled staff (many having coached festival teams and attended Dragon Boat camps for technique and training), your child will learn the basic techniques in Dragon Boating, one of the fastest growing team water sports in the U.S. and in the world! The program will instill the key concept of teamwork while providing opportunities to race in local (DC, Baltimore) and regional dragon boat competitions (Philadelphia) and to meet other youth from the surrounding area and schools. Paddlers will also develop an appreciation for the Anacostia River and contribute their time when community service opportunities are available.
Does my child need to know how to swim?
No. All youth paddlers and Youth Program Staff will be required to wear their PFD (personal floatation device)/life jackets at all times while out on the water.
What equipment do I need to buy? And what should my child wear?
There's nothing to buy! All equipment for paddlers is provided by NCAWPA, which includes paddles, PFDs, and the dragon boat. All equipment stays at the Anacostia Community Boathouse. Since Dragon Boating is a water sport, expect your child to get wet at practice. Cotton clothing and jeans are discouraged; athletic apparel typically worn for other sports (such as track, basketball, etc.) and sandals or water shoes are more appropriate. Don't forget sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses!
How does my child join the Youth program?
Complete the parental consent forms, and submit to NCAWPA, along with a $95 annual membership fee (which goes toward sustaining our non-profit organization, covering paddler insurance costs, and maintaining boating and boathouse equipment).
Does my child have to attend every practice?
No. Dragon Boating is a team sport that depends heavily on paddlers consistently showing up to practice; however paddlers do not have to come to every practice. Paddlers should sign-up for the practices they are able to attend.
Why should I sign up as a Parent/Guardian Volunteer for practices? And how do I sign up?
NCAWPA believes that strong programs begin with strong community and family involvement. Although we do not require each parent to serve as a volunteer, the presence of an interested and caring pool of adults strengthens the quality of our youth program. As an incentive, Parent/Guardian Volunteers will be offered a reduced fee for adult NCAWPA membership for the current season (allowing Parent/Guardian Volunteers to attend weekly, non-youth dragon boat and outrigger canoe practices). Contact the CCD Program Manager ASAP to express your interest!
What are the duties of the Parent/Guardian Volunteers?
Parent/Guardian Volunteers stay on land to help NCAWPA staff monitor attendance, keep track of youth paddlers at practices, and assist with any other duties that help practices run smoothly. Parent/Guardian Volunteers are trained by one of the coordinators of the Youth Program.
RSVPing for practice/further questions?
Please e-mail the CCD Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org