Butts in a Boat
Try out dragon boating with the “Butts in A Boat” dragon boat team. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, paddling with the “Butts” may be the best thing you can do to stay healthy and have fun!
ABOUT THE SPORT
Dragon boating is a team sport with 20 paddlers, a steersperson and a drummer, all working together to propel a long thin wooden boat. The sport requires some fitness, but it mostly requires precision in paddling. The beauty of the sport is in the synchrony of the stroke.
Dragon boating is a growing sport currently being considered for the next summer Olympics. But one doesn’t need to be an Olympic athlete to be a dragon boater. Paddlers can be almost any age and with any fitness level.
WHAT RESEARCHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE BUTTS IN A BOAT TEAM
The unique characteristics of dragon boating, defined by creating one stroke with 22 people, fostered trust and camaraderie amongst men facing common challenges. The findings support both physical and psychosocial benefits of dragon boating, however, positive impact on the men’s social and emotional well-being was emphasized in the data.
– Isabella Cina & Guy Faulkner PhD, Applied Pubic Health, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
WHO CAN TRY OUT THE SPORT WITH THE BUTTS CREW
Any man, who has ever been diagnosed with prostate cancer—whether they have been treated or not—is welcome to try out dragon boating with us any Tuesday evening from April 1st until mid-October. Assuming you are fit enough to exercise, just show up at one of our practices.
One needs no special equipment. Paddles and life vests are provided for us on the dock.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Currently, we only have one dragon boating team which practices in Vancouver, but we're always looking for new teams to compete against. And we'll help you in any way we can to get your own team going!
Our Vancouver team meets once a week on Tuesday evenings. Practices start at 7 PM with a warming up on land along the north side of the Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver. We get in the boat at ~ 7:30PM and practice for about an hour on the False Creek. Beverages typically follow.
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