PaddleCore Presents….PaddleCore East!

PaddleCore is growing! In spring 2015 PaddleCore will be launching a brand new dragonboat training centre on Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering. Operating out of Pickering-Rouge Canoe Club, PaddleCore East is focused on providing the best paddling experience to the Pickering-Durham and East Toronto Market.


Exciting News from PaddleCore!

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PaddleCore will be having a booth at the GWN Challenge this weekend, Saturday, September 6th – Sunday, September 7th! Stay tuned for lots of exciting information including:

  • New GTA Dragonboat Training Centre
  • Spring Training Camp in Charleston, SC
  • Raffle for Stylish Roots Apparel

Be sure to visit  PaddleCore’s booth and don’t miss out on all the exciting updates!

Dragonboat Community Sport Coach Certification in Nelson BC

On the weekend (May 17/18) I traveled to beautiful Nelson BC to deliver NCCP’s first ever Dragonboat Community Sport Coach Certification module.


I’ve been working with CKC during the winter months in developing dragonboat coaching course curriculum and aligning with NCCP model and requirements; this summer we are launching pilots for NCCP, which are slated for review (and if all goes as planned – approval and endorsement) by NCCP later this year – making this the only fully dedicated dragonboat stream NCCP module available to dragonboaters in Canada.

Last couple years we have been using a modified NCCP – ELCC course to cover some dragonboat curriculum and coverage. The beauty in the DB Community Sport module is that it’s a one stop shop (technical, theory and practical) and is 100% focused on the dragonboat discipline. The course is designed to take 10-12 hours, a combination of in-class, on-water and an Ethical Decisions module.


While in Nelson, I worked with an amazing group of ladies – part of the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons ( – on the pristine straights of Kootenay Lake. It was breathtaking! With green mountain backdrop and a warm small-town feel…Nelson can definitely expect me back either for vacation or to help out with the growing paddling scene.

I stayed at the historic Hume Hotel in the heart of downtown Nelson…and would recommend this as a place to stay in Nelson to anyone. It’s also home to Mike’s Pub…offering a great selection of NBC brews.

Thanks to MJ and Corey Hamilton from CanoeKayak BC for helping make this course possible.

Oh ya…while in Nelson I caught up with Dan Slater, friend from elementary and high school! He’s been in Nelson for a long time now heli and cat-skiing the BC mountains in the winter and as a carpenter during the summer months…great to see you Dan…and Tessa and North!




TekChek | Stroke Phases | (1)Set-up

(1)Set-up – more of a moment, rather than a phase, of the stroke; opportunity to ensure the following key body positions are established before the blade enters the water:

Core twist

  • core pivot and projection over water
  • bent paddling side leg pressing on footrest
  • inside leg back helping to anchor and engage lower body

Solid top arm

  • 3-5° bend at elbow

Bottom arm extension

  • 1° bend at elbow
  • ensure core engagement

Paddle position

  • positive angle

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Check out a preview of PaddleCore’s Phases of the Dragonboat Stroke!

From beginners to experts these fundamentals are critical and will simplify and improve your stroke.

PaddleCore was in Long Beach California last week delivering a Coaching Workshop. Focusing on progressive dragonboat technique and program design, the workshop was a hit and we’re looking forward to seeing the Long Beach and regional teams compete in 2014! Long Beach is also home to one of the West Coast’s best dragonboat races, the Long Beach Dragonboat Festival scheduled for July 26th and 27th. If your team is looking for a beautiful destination race with lots of great competition go to for more information.

If your team or organization is interested in a coaching or technical workshop (of any size), contact PaddleCore.

Stay tuned for PaddleCore’s special release of the dragonboat stroke phases!

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