FAQ

How can I find out more about dragon boating and/or sign up for a practice?

The best way to find out more is to come to one of our practices, and see firsthand what it’s all about! If you are interested in joining us you can contact Nini Fernandez at nnf0229@bellsouth.net or Diana Cruz at djcruzing@gmail.com.

What can I expect in a practice?

Our on-water practices last from 1-1/2 to 2 hours and include technique drills and race pieces while incorporating elements of interval, endurance, and power training.

Is experience needed?

The great thing about dragon boating is that anyone (literally!) can join. We welcome all breast cancer survivors with a curiosity and interest in learning more about dragon boating, from all fitness levels and backgrounds.

What do I wear?

Wear water-resistant clothing and shoes. Boating shoes or water shoes with a grip are recommended, and sneakers should be avoided. Sandals should have some treading or grip on the bottom to avoid slippage. Consider wearing quick-drying synthetics such as DriFit or CoolMax®. In order to prevent skin chafing, proper-fitting shorts/capris and seamless undergarments are ideal. A pair of sunglasses, or a hat/visor are highly recommended.

What do I bring?

Always bring water and sunscreen. For comfort, a seat cushion is helpful. While there are specially designed gel cushions which help avoid slippage, a garden variety foam pad works well for most people.

What will be provided?

Save Our Sisters (SOS) will provide you with paddles, life vests (also known as PFD — Personal Floatation Device), safety training and dragon boat training by our experienced steersmen and trainers.

Where and when are the practices?

Our practices are held at the Miami Rowing Club, 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL. Usually on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and Saturdays either at 8:00 am or 10:00 am.

Are there any costs associated with joining SOS?

There is a financial commitment when joining SOS. The dues afford you a host of benefits including:

  • All-year use of equipment
  • Coverage of training expense
  • Boat storage and maintenance
  • Team uniform
  • Registration fees for dragon boat competitions nationally and internationally

We never turn anyone away due to their inability to afford our membership fees. We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate individuals with unique financial circumstances to assist with the cost. If you have any concerns regarding SOS membership fees, please contact a recruitment committee member on site.

How often do you race, and where?
We race approximately six to nine times per year. Most of our races are within driving distance, with the exception of one or two races which may require further travel.
What does your team do when they are not training or racing?
Believe it or not, we’re actually friends outside of training too! We engage in a variety of social activities, celebrate team member birthdays, engage in local events and much more. We also participate in a variety of community outreach events as active citizens of the community and promote the sport of paddling.

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