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Dragon Boats

The Dragon Boat Program is an activity, however it is administered by the SMA Athletic Department.

Mission Statement

We strive to meet high standards of sportsmanship, responsibility, dedication, and devotion to our sport, school, and family. The coaches stress the importance of teamwork, leadership, and skill development. Through hard work and practice, our team will become competitive and foster a family like atmosphere. We are grateful for the help and support from our administration, student body, family, friends, and alumnae who support us at our races.

Head Coach: Tom Crowder -
Assistant Coaches: Maggie Chandler
Cara Lee Crowder


Two to three teams will be formed. Each will have 25-29 members, including paddlers, a caller, tiller and flag catcher. There are four races to compete in over the season.

2018 Schedule
1/02/2018Returning team member registration starts
1/25/2018New team member orientation meeting
1/25/2018New team member registration begins
2/28/2018All team members parent meeting
3/22/2018New team member dock orientation
3/30-31/2018Paddler's Clinic (optional)
4/4/2018Practices start - M/W/F 3:45-5 PM
4/19/2018Planning meeting for Vancouver, BC event
4/28/2018St. Martin's Race, Olympia, WA
5/19/2018Rainier Race, Tacoma, WA
5/25-27/2018False Creek Women's Regatta, Vancouver, BC
6/9-10/2018Portland Rose Festival Race (required)


Thank you for your interest in the Dragon Boats program! Students interested in participating on the dragon boat team at St. Mary's in 2018 can find information regarding the season in Coach Crowder's pre-season informational letter by clicking on the link below.

2018 Dragon Boat Prospective Member Letter

(coming soon)


Q: When do the Dragon Boat practices start?
A: Monday, April 4, 2018

Q: Where do you practice?
A: RiverPlace Marina on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.

Q: Are there cuts in Dragon Boating?
A: No. Teams are filled in the order of registration.

Q: Are uniforms required?
A: Yes. Participants purchase uniforms at a reduced rate.

Q: Is there pre-season training?
A: Yes. The weight room is available for pre-season conditioning.