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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.


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

Sign-Up Information

Thank you for your interest in the Dragon Boats program! Students interested in participating on the dragon boat team at St. Mary's in 2019 can find information regarding the season in Coach Crowder's pre-season informational letter by clicking on the link below.

Online Registration

2019 Dragon Boat New Member Letter/Paddler Information form/PKSCA Waiver (coming soon)


1/02/2019Returning team member registration starts
1/09/2019Returning team member orientation meeting
1/30/2019New team member registration begins
1/30/2019New team member Orientation Meeting
All team members parent meeting
New team member dock orientation
Paddler's Clinic (optional)
4/3/2019Practices start - M/W/F 3:45-5 PM
Planning meeting for Vancouver, BC event
Rainier Race, Tacoma, WA
5/25-27/2019False Creek Women's Regatta, Vancouver, BC
6/8-9/2019Portland Rose Festival Race (required)


Q: When do the Dragon Boat practices start?
A: Monday, April 3, 2019

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.

About the Coaches/Contact Information

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