About Us

Who We Are

Dragon Boating, a sport that originated in China over 2000 years ago, is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Twenty paddlers sit two abreast in colorful 48-foot vessels while paddling to the beat of a drummer, the heartbeat of the dragon.

View the trailer of award winning film, Awaken the Dragon to learn more about the origin of DBC.

DBC's Goals

• Nourish the mind, body and spirit through healthy livingwith year-round, club-based fitness activities such as dragonboating, winter fitness challenges, nutritional counseling andfellowship.

• Provide a resource for our community demonstrating courage,determination and group cooperation by being a positiverole model through survivor outreach as well as providingcommunity education about the benefits of nutrition andexercise for cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship

• Advance the sport of dragon boating by providing competitiveand non-competitive dragon boat opportunities to clubmembers and the community, and promote the inclusion ofall cancer survivor teams in dragon boat festivals.

• Advance awareness of the Dragon Boat Charleston modelby demonstrating the beneficial effects of our mission on survivorshipthrough community partnerships and collaborationwith medical providers.

Cancer Survivor Testimonials

"Water is an integral part of the Lowcountry. Getting outside to exercise is important for physical health and mental well-being. A person who has had surgery, been stuck in the infusion room or under a radiation machine (cut, poisoned and burned) doesn’t feel like doing anything. It sucks the strength from a person. You feel that you will never feel human again. You feel ruined.  Dragon boating is an opportunity to get outdoors and become one with your body again. You start to feel like maybe you can overcome the cancer toll. You note your surroundings and realize what a great lifestyle the Lowcountry has. The exercise helps build your stamina and brightens your outlook on the future."  – Lois

"As part of DBC I am surrounded by other breast cancer survivors and see that indeed they not only survive, but thrive. I have seen and personally experienced what the encouragement and exercise of this project can do. There is a difference between this and the hope given to us by loved ones and doctors. The difference is hoping you will survive and learning deep, deep down that you can."  – Chris

"Having cancer revealed my physical vulnerability, produced great fear, and threatened my mortality. DBC enhances my physical strength and makes me fearless. The peacefulness of the water, the drum beating in time with my heart, and the communion between paddlers who have all faced a fearful foe, makes me feel immortal." – Gene

"DBC provides a community that accepts everyone where they are physically, as well as emotionally, and allows them to fully participate in a true sport as a team member. Paddling provides a positive challenge for physical and emotional growth, combined with the beauty of the outdoors and just plain fun. It’s good medicine." – Belinda

"I had no idea when I started paddling with DBC that it would become an essential part of my life. What started as having fun on the water in 2003 blossomed into a network of friends and a support group that kept me sane as I underwent surgery and chemo in 2005 and again in 2007. It’s an escape from the horrors of cancer, where I am accepted whether I am strong or weak." – Lynda

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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