Practices

The Los Angeles Pink Dragons practice year-round at

Marine Park
Mother’s Beach
5811 East Appian Way, below 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA
Directions

  • Saturdays 7:15 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays Summer (April-October) 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. /  Winter (November-March) 2:45 — 5:00 p.m.

Every LA Pink Dragons practice includes: Warm-ups, paddling, land training and stretching. You will need quarters or a debit/credit card for public parking at Mother’s Beach.


WHAT TO EXPECT

Land training consists of specific exercises developed by our team trainer. Paddlers are given training guides to assist them in individual training between practices.
On the water practices last 1-1/2 hours and include technique drills, race pieces, and endurance intervals. We are always working to improve, and new paddlers are encouraged to progress at their own pace until they build strength and endurance.


WHAT TO WEAR & BRING

For practice, wear comfortable clothing that dries quickly, and water shoes, sneakers or water-friendly sandals with heal straps (flip-flops are not recommended).

We recommend sunglasses with a strap to help keep them from falling in the water if they slip off your face. Be sure to apply sunscreen and bring a hat.

Hydration is important, so bring a full water bottle, preferably one with a built-in or flip-up spout (rather than a screw-off cap). If you have water gloves (such as you might wear for kayaking or water-skiing), they will help you keep a good grip on your paddle. In the winter,

For warm-ups and land training, bring sneakers and an exercise mat.

In the winter, you’ll want a warm jacket and pants for after practice. It can get cool when the sun sets.

We do not recommend purchasing any special clothing or equipment until you have had a chance to decide whether dragon boat paddling is for you. We will initially provide you with a loaner paddle and life vest (PFD—personal flotation device).