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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.

2017 Schedule
1/03/2017Returning team member registration starts
1/26/2017New team member registration starts
3/15/2017New team member orientation date
3/22/2017New team member dock orientation (required)
3/30-31/2017Paddler's Clinic (optional)
4/5/2017Practices start
4/29/2017St. Martin's Race, Olympia, WA (optional)
5/20/2017Rainier Race, Tacoma, WA (optional)
5/27/2017False Creek Women's Regatta, Vancouver, BC (optional)
6/10-11/2017Portland 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 2017 can find information regarding the season in Coach Crowder's pre-season informational letter by clicking on the link below.

2017 Dragon Boat Prospective Member Letter


Q: When do the Dragon Boat practices start?
A: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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.