Saturday morning on the river

Now that the weather is warming up, there is not a lot that is better for you than a Saturday morning paddle on the river. Why not join us at 8:15 at Paringa Park (just under the hospital) on the southern shore of the Shoalhaven River? Check out the short video from our November 19 paddle.

2017 Shoalhaven (Nowra Waterdragons) Regatta

We are excited to announce that in 2017 our community regatta is growing into a 2 day event, promoting community and sports fun and fitness.

Saturday, 16th September will feature sports teams taking on the challenge of a race around Pig Island. This 8 kilometer race will challenge and excite even the most experienced Dragon Boat paddler.

Sunday, 17th September will follow the format of the well established and much loved community regatta, providing community based teams (including local schools) with shorter "sprint" races on the river west of the Shoalhaven Bridge (competitors and spectators congregate on the north bank near Grey's Beach to enjoy the spectacle). Throughout the day, there are also separate events for sports teams).

To find out more, click the links below to download our flyers and entry forms for the two days.

September 16 - Pig Island Sports Team Challenge Information Flyer

September 16 - Pig Island Sports Team Challenge Entry Form

September 17 - Community Regatta Information Flyer

September 17 - Community Regatta Entry Form

About us

First formed in November 2005, Nowra Waterdragons has members from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and fitness levels. This diverse group has a common passion for dragonboat racing and enjoying each others company.

While the love of racing in dragonboats continues, the club has diversified into other paddle craft such as outrigger canoes.

We train hard for dragonboat competitions; and we also get involved in a diverse range of activities. These include fundraising, promotions, cross-training paddling and, coffee!

The social aspects are also well covered with dinners, parties, shows and spontaneous get togethers for a drink and a barby.

Nowra Waterdragons values teamwork, passion, achievement and friendship. We aim to continually improve through committed training, to grow our club and to support each other in friendship. Our club is based on the foreshore at Paringa Park, Nowra, and trains on the beautiful Shoalhaven River. (Enter Paringa Park opposite #8, Scenic Drive).

OC (Outrigging) Training


For more information on the club's outriggers, please follow this link.

Training and Session Times (Dragonboating)

5:15 pm - warm up starts - all paddlers welcome.

5:15 pm - warm up starts - all paddlers welcome.


8:15 am - warm up starts - all paddlers welcome.

If you are bringing along a new paddler or you are a new paddler wishing to join our group, please arrive 10 minutes earlier so that indemnity forms can be signed and safety instructions given prior to warm up.

We train at the Scouts Hall, Paringa Park, Nowra on the Shoalhaven River, rain or shine, except when there is Thunder and Lightning (for safety).

Training sessions are around an hour and a half including warm up and stretch down. You will be most comfortable wearing shorts and a T-shirt in summer and thermals in winter, plus shoes that can get wet. Bring water to avoid dehydration (1 litre or 600ml bottle).

It is helpful if you can arrive in time for warm up. Not only does this help greatly reduce the chances of injury, it also helps our coaches and sweeps determine if a second boat is required.

2017 Community Regatta

Tremendous community support, great but friendly competition, fantastic weather, effective and efficient organisation, willing and professional volunteers; couldn’t ask for more. Our inaugural Pig Island Challenge on Saturday 16th was followed by our annual Community Regatta on Sunday. Sports teams from southern NSW joined our Canberra friends and the Penrith clubfor a day of keen […]

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2017 Pig Island Challenge

Well done to paddlers from Port Hacking, Illawarra, Komodo and Sudu who had a go at our inaugural “Pig Island Challenge” on a cool and, at times gusty day. Hopefully, next year, more sports teams will be able to participate.   Edited with BlogPad Pro

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2017 Winter Warmer

From the Head Coach… NWD hit the 17/18 season “running” (read paddling) with some strong results at a cold windy Dobroyd regatta on Sunday 6th August. With only 22 paddlers we split into a Blue and Red teams for our pet event Senior B mixed in a 10’s format with our super fit president paddling […]

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Video from the 2017 Nationals

Here is a video from the 2017 National Dragon Boating Regatta, featuring the brilliant Nowra Waterdragons.   Edited with BlogPad Pro

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2017 Nationals

Congratulations to the Nowra Waterdragons club! Everyone who trains with us, volunteers at regattas for us, and cheers us on have played a role in the wonderful success at the 2017 National Titles held at Wodonga in April. Thanks to the great input from our coaches, the commitment of our paddlers and the tenacity of […]

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Bei Loon Regatta (March 18, 2017)

On a wet and windy Saturday morning, 21 paddlers fronted up at Rowland Reserve Pittwater for the Bei Loon 8k regatta. In a 4 boat race Nowra started 4th off at the line at 30 sec intervals  (some 1.5 minutes behind the 1st boat) The challenge was to race over an altered course that involved […]

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2017 State Championships

At the start of the 2016-17 regatta season, the club Board met with our coaches and set the goal of attaining high levels of performance and achievement in the Senior B Mixed event. We defined this as winning Senior B Mixed the SIRC Race 1-4 perpetual trophy again, winning at Chinese New Year and at […]

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CNY – Coach’s report

Another box in our 20016/17 regatta season got a great big tick in it with two heats and the FINAL win in NWD’s pet event – the Grand Master mixed (senior B). Against quality opposition it was hard to fault those three races which had strong starts and sustained power through the race.These wins – […]

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SIRC Race 4 (January 2016) – Head Coach’s comments

I was confident we would go well in Race 4 with the good numbers turning up over the holiday training sessions. That commitment was proven today by 2 heats and final win in the senior B (GM) which then gave us max 6 points towards the first four races perpetual trophy. Without the final win […]

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SIRC Regatta – December – Head coach’s report

Hello Paddlers, Our work in the training boat is paying off with our first gold of this season in our favorite event, Mixed Senior B (Grand Masters Mixed). After two nice heat paddles and a handy Masters training run, NWD put it all together in Lane 4 in the final by flying the start and […]

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