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The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association is a proud member of the
Eastern Regional Dragon Boat Association.  The 2015 Independence Dragon Boat Regatta will be a part of the ERDBA circuit once again, and we look forward to having all Regional Teams join us on June 7th.

The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association is the oldest, strongest, and most decorated dragon boat team in the United States.

Our members form core of the United States Dragon Boat Federation's Team USA, and have repeatedly won the right to represent the United States in regattas all over the world.

After starting as a men's team in 1983, the modern team is made up of men, women, and youth paddlers ranging from 13 to 65 years of age. Most of us are working professionals with jobs and families, living right here in the greater Philadelphia area.

Under the direction of Team USA and Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association Head Coach Bob McNamara, we have brought home the IDBF Nations Cup Trophy as Overall World Champions two times: Sydney 2007, and Tampa 2011.  


2013 Team USA at the IDBF World Championships
Szeged Summer - Hundreds of hours of training, for hundredths of seconds.

2013 Team USA Road to Szeged
Winter Practices, OC1 Time Trials, Training Camps - it's a great trip

2013 IDBF World Championship Race Results

The 11th IDBF Nations World Championships are in the books, and Team USA had a very successful regatta.  The biggest successes came in the 1000 Meter races on Thursday, July 25.  The Premier Mixed staged a come-from-behind win in the Grand Final to take Gold over Canada, and the Senior A Mixed won their first Gold in 12 years over Germany in a photo finish (0.04 second margin of victory). 

The US Team brought home medals in every division, at nearly every distance: Premier Open, Premier Mixed, Premier Women, Senior A Open and Mixed, Senior B Open and Mixed, and Senior C Open and Mixed.


What's Happening Now?

Our season is just about finished.  We will be racing at the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, October 4th, and that will wrap up 2014.  Tell us you're interested by filling out the form on our Recruiting Page

The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association is a 501(c)(3) Organization.