Club Overview

Charlotte Harbor Paddlers is 60 members strong, and growing. Since its formation in 2006, the club has directed a well-planned succession of seasoned head coaches who are also world-class dragon boat athletes. Consequently, our team's race performance rivals the best of Florida's elite teams. Our paddling season runs from October through May. During these months, we hold up to five morning practices per week in Cape Coral and Punta Gorda, FL, and compete in approximately five local and regional races across the state of FL. Our members are dedicated to attending regular team practices, as well as engaging in individually-directed training focused on improving overall fitness, strength, and endurance on off-water days. Occasional social gatherings off the water add to the team esprit de corps.

New members of the club are mentored by top athletes in the sport as they learn at their own pace and gradually build and maintain aerobic fitness. Additionally, they enjoy the camaraderie of a group of like-minded folks who share a common bond of the love of fresh air, exercise, teamwork, and being on the water.

Since 2006, our organization has evolved into three teams. Whether you are an accomplished paddler or looking to try dragon boating, the fastest growing international team water sport, you'll find what you need with one of our teams.

Our Teams


Draggin' Dragons, the original Charlotte Harbor Paddlers team, is also the club's core team for all members.  We practice three - five times per week from October through May, and race in 20 person boat races locally (Punta Gorda) and across the state of Florida. All levels of paddling experience are welcomed. 

The practice schedule for 2017-2018 is 8:00-9:30 AM Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. When demand exceeds number of available seats, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the club will run a second practice from 9:30-10:45 AM.

Vogue Dragons is SW Florida's women's red hot dragon boat team!  Female paddlers from Draggin' Dragons come together to compete in the women's division of local and regional races across the state of FL and Puerto Rico. When paddling with Vogue Dragons, you are not just competing in an all-women's boat - you are a part of a very special sisterhood. The Vogue Dragons team motto is:
"Victory in paddling, our team is just awesome. Red hot dragons who never play 'possum. On or off the water, no stronger spirit reigns. We are fearless women with beauty, brawn, and brains."



Rogue Dragons is the club high-performance elite team which competes in 10 person dragon boat races.  For each race, the coaching staff will invite experienced club paddlers to participate. The Rogue Team roster for any race may require prospective members to try out for the team via time trials and other fitness tests.