UMUC Virtual Dragons
Imagine...a sunny weekend on the Potomac River with 80 people paddling like mad in four colorful 45-foot-long boats, to the loud beat of a drum while thousands of spectators cheer them on. That's dragon boating. And if you can imagine yourself paddling in rhythm with the team, cutting through the water toward the finish line, then join UMUC's dragon boat team, the Virtual Dragons. Paddles up!
Frequently Asked Questions About the Virtual Dragons
This sport is open to UMUC alumni, staff, students, faculty and friends. Training and the festival are held in Washington, D.C.
Dragon boating is an enjoyable and refreshing workout in the open air and on the open water. It is a team sport with a dash of culture and a great competitive spirit, sure to bring out the athlete in you.
Being part of the team requires a time commitment of approximately two hours a week for practices, starting about a month before the races take place. As you are one of 20 rowers in a boat, every movement you make helps decide the outcome of the race. We work with you on conditioning techniques and overall fitness. You’ll learn proper muscle and body movements and power strategies to enhance your contribution to your team.
As a member of the UMUC Virtual Dragons, you’ll have fun while developing a sense of team camaraderie. You’ll help bring attention to UMUC as thousands of spectators watch and cheer for us in the competition. And, of course, dragon boating is one of the best sports for strengthening the back muscles, shoulders, arms and thighs.
Practice takes place in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Exact times and dates of practices, as well as the location, will be announced. Training sessions last about two hours, rain or shine. Even if we don’t get out on the water due to severe weather, we have rowing machines available for indoor workouts.
Dress in light workout clothes that will keep you reasonably warm, and be prepared to get wet—this is a water sport! A cap and a pair of wraparound sunglasses will help keep splashing water out of your eyes. Wear water shoes or old sneakers because your feet will get wet in the boat. Bring towels, extra dry clothing to change into after practice and a small bottle of water. Avoid eating at least two full hours before training.
Join the Team!
**Please note that participation in this event is voluntary and at your own risk. Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver of liability.**
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Virtual Dragons brochure [PDF]
2016 Dragon Boat Events
Saturday, August 27
Capital Dragon Boat Regatta 2016
The Wharf, Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC
Saturday, September 24
Cape May Dragon Boat Festival
Cape May, NJ
Saturday, October 1
Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival