Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much is it to join DBC?

    Membership is free for all cancer survivors.  Cancer survivors also participate in our fitness and nutrition programs free ofcharge.  All race fees are paid for by DBC and some of your race travel. 

    For community paddlers (those without a diagnosis of cancer) membership is $100 per year.  You receive a discount on all fitness programs and some travel.  All race fees are included in your membership fee.

    There may be other costs throughout the year, such as race shirts every few years, your hotel for a race, spring camp, etc. 

  2. How do I get involved?

    Email If are you are new to the sport, the best way to start is to try out the 6-Week Novice Program at 6:00PM on Wednesdays.  The next Novice Program: Wednesdays August 8th-September 12th 6-7PM. MUST register in advance - E-mail Monica to sign-up! 

  3. What do I wear/bring?

    Wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Bring water. DBC will provide a paddle and life jacket.

  4. When can I go to a race?

    You can go to a race as soon as you feel ready and have talked it over with a coach.  DBC goes to about 4-5 races per year.

  5. When does DBC practice?

    Take a look at our practice schedule.

  6. How is DBC funded?

    The majority of DBC's budget is raised through the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival held in May each year.  Support also comes in the form of individual donations, other special events and grants.

  7. DBC has how many members?

    About 220

  8. What are all of these acronyms?  ACS = All Cancer Survivor; BCS = Breast Cancer Survivor; OC-2 = Outrigger Canoe; 

  9. What is the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival?  DBC holds an annual dragon boat festival fundraiser in the community.  The event raises money for the cancer survivor programs of Dragon Boat Charleston.   Typically, DBC members volunteer for the festival while over 60 community teams race.  

As a 501(c)3, DBC relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors to help fund its programs for the Charleston community.


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Mailing Address:  DBC, 1643 Savannah Hwy. #261, Charleston, SC 29407