Regatta Checklist

Things to bring and consider when attending a Dragon Boat Regatta


  • Club jersey
  • Pants, capris, shorts, or leggings (Sports gear, not denim or other everyday wear). You need to be comfortable when paddling.


  • Paddle
  • PFD. All Regattas require Transport Canada approved PFDs. Some do not allow CO2 inflatable PFDs. Check first to be sure.
  • Portable camping/lawn chair (smaller is better)
  • Seat pad if you have one


  • Healthy snacks for you in a sealed container (nuts, fruits etc.)
  • Packed lunch in sealed container (ants or birds may visit us if food around)
  • There may be food vendors but not recommended while racing. Need to avoid heavy, long digestion type foods and there could be line-up.
  • Food to share like fruit or cookies is fine
  • Grazing on food throughout the day is better than eating a big meal
  • Eat a substantial breakfast like oatmeal or equivalent high in carbs.


  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle and water (water may not be available at the race site so bring plenty, electrolyte replacement is good too especially if hot)
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Dry shoes or sandals to wear between races
  • A large plastic bag to keep backpack dry if rainy
  • Poncho or large plastic bag if rainy


  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt
  • Small pack of tissues or wipes


  • Please leave valuables at home. Wear a water resistant pouch to keep keys, id, credit cards etc. and keep these with you at all times
  • Layer if a cool morning expected. Definitely possible mid-September.
  • Hydrate well days before the regatta (alcohol is dehydrating
  • Get some good sleeps before race day!


  • Please arrive before or no later than scheduled meeting time
  • Please listen for and respect the meeting times before and after races
  • Please tell your seat partner where you are going if you leave the team tent area