What’s New

  • Want to be a Team USA Paddler for 2019 IDBF World Championships

    The 2019 IDBF World Championships will be held in Pattaya, Thailand. The dates for the 14th World Nations Championships have not yet been announced.

    In preparation for this World Championship event, the USDBF has selected Coaches to lead and prepare Team USA for competition.

    If you are an athlete interested in trying out for Team USA 2019, please submit your paddler information right away.

    More information can be found on the USDBF website by following this link:


    Good luck!

  • ADBA Coaching and Paddlers clinic registration available

    The ADBA is delighted to be hosting a Level 1 Coaches Course on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights North and a Paddling Clinic on Saturday, September 1 & Sunday, September 2 (ends at noon on the 2nd) at Lake Arlington, 2201 N. Windsor Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois.  For more information please download the flyers below:

    Coaches Course registration info
    Paddling Clinic registration info

    Both the Level 1 Coaches Clinic and the Paddling Clinic will be conducted by Pat Bradley.  Pat is one of the most experienced Dragon Boat Athletes and Coaches in our sport.  He is a four-time IDBF Senior B World Champion (Athlete, Captain, Coach); a four-time IDBF Club Crew World Champion; and three-time Canadian Senior B Club Crew Champion.  Pat most recently served as Team USA, Senior C Head Coach.

    We are thrilled to have Pat share his knowledge and expertise with us.

    Registration is limited in both courses so do not delay…..register today.

    Please share this information with your paddling community.  If you are a festival member, please share with your teams and clubs.  If you are a club member, please share with the members of your club.

    And of course, all are welcome.  Help us spread the word!

  • ADBA Steering Clinic is a Success!

    Congratulations to the participants of the ADBA Steering Clinic that was held in the Chicagoland area over the weekend of May 19th and 20th.


    A big thank you to John McDermott; Coach for Greater Chicago Dragon Boat Club and a Coach for Team USA, for conducting the training.


    It’s great to see that more sterns will be joining the ranks!


    The ADBA is planning on offering another stern training clinic in September, 2018.


    Check back here later for more details.

  • Dragon Boat World Magazine now available

    DBW – Magazine

    The DRAGON BOAT WORLD Magazine is back after a seven year break.

    This is the original magazine for the Dragon Boat enthusiast!

    To view the latest issue, click here and then download the file.


  • IDBF Club Crew World Championships NEW Information

    The 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championships will be held in Szeged, Hungary. The dates of this event are July 17 – 22, 2018.

    Various information has been published for the attending teams to review.

    All of the Bulletins and Newsletters that have been released for this event can be found by visiting this website:


    If you click on the “Bulletin/Newsletter” button at the bottom, you will see that Newsletter #5 has just been released, along with information on transportation and rates.

  • Pan Am Club Crew Championship dates announced

    The dates have been announced for the Pan Am Club Crew Championships.

    If your club or team is interested in participating in this Championship race to be held in Tobago, please download the Invitation Letter here.

    This event will take place March 22 – 24, 2019.

  • New Board elected at ADBA AGM

    Congratulations to the new officers and directors that were elected by the membership at the Annual General Membership meeting of the American Dragon Boat Association (ADBA) held on Saturday, March 24th

    Elected for a two year term were:

    Barb Michaels; President
    Robin Iovino; Secretary
    Cheryl Lychwick; Director
    Sue Miller; Director
    Ron Hau; Director

    The position of 2nd Vice President (this is a new position) was not filled at this time.  Nominations are still being accepted and this position will be filled by the Board of Directors at a later date.  If you or someone you know is interested in submitting an application for this position, please contact the ADBA Secretary at secretary@americandragonboat.org.

    Click here for a description of the responsibilities of the 2nd VP officer position.

    To see the complete list of the ADBA Board of Directors, you can visit the “Officers and Directors” tab under the “About” section of this website.

  • USDBF Official’s training

    The ADBA is looking for people that are interested in expanding their knowledge of the rules and regulations regarding Dragon Boat racing. We would like to offer a USDBF Official’s training course here in the Midwest. This class would be offered here in the Midwest if there is enough interest to cover the cost to bring in the instructor. Please let us know if you are interested by sending an email to: secretary@americandragonboat.com.