Thank you for your interest and support of Dragon Boat Charleston and our annual event that helps support our mission – the 12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. Cancer touches almost everyone, sadly. The Festival is about hope, health, and a coming together of people from all walks of life who want to celebrate life and #fightcancer.

On average, it costs individuals $2,000.00 per person to participate with Dragon Boat Charleston (that does not include travel costs to local, regional, and sometimes international races). Our mission is to make sure cancer survivors are able to participate WITHOUT ever paying that cost. Last year, proceeds from the Festival paid the expenses of DBC cancer survivor paddling programs, paid for nutrition and yoga workshops, endurance paddles, an 8-week outreach session for cancer survivors, the Carolina Celebration Cup -- a race just for cancer survivors hosted by DBC; and we sent three teams to international events to represent Charleston which fulfilled a bucket list item for many. Of course, we also paddle year-round 4-5 times per week. It was a great year, because of all the amazing people who support the festival.

No experience necessary, we will provide your training!
Each team should consist of 20 paddlers and 1 drummer. DBC will provide your steersperson, life jackets and paddles. All team members must be at least 14 years of age (anyone under the age of 18 must have waiver signed by Parent/Guardian). Each team is allowed ONE boat.

A team may have only 2 club paddlers. A club paddler is defined as someone who, 1) practices/ed regularly with a club team, 2) has participated in races, 3) participated in any type of paddling clinic/camp. These rules do not pertain to cancer survivor teams.

A 10x10 tent will be provided for your team. No tables are provided.

Two practice sessions will be provided the two weeks before the festival, beginning April 22. The practice sessions will be scheduled after the Team Captain’s Meeting in February and as soon as your team pays its registration fee.

The Charleston Dragon Boat Festival races 4 divisions: Mixed (must have at least 8 women), Women's, Men's and Cancer Survivors.

We encourage all teams to decorate their tent and get decked out in original team t-shirts. Awards will go to best tent décor and team shirts.