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.

2016 Community Regatta

It may have been a little cool, but over 250 competitors from community and sports teams joined us on the Shoalhaven River for a great day of friendly competition and fun exercise at Nowra Waterdragon's 2016 Community Regatta. 

Thanks to all our club members who volunteered to help make the day a resounding success!

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).

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.

OC (Outrigging) Training


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

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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Penrith Regatta (SIRC) 500m, December, 2016

Another great paddle at today’s regatta by the Nowra Waterdragons team. First in Senior B mixed! Well done!            

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Penrith – SIRC 2 Race report

Another day of competition at Penrith, this time 500m events. Due to some team members with injuries, illness or other commitments, we were down to only 21 club members today. In spite of this, the club earned some great results: Bronze in the GM mixed; Silver in the Masters Women with Port Hacking; Open men […]

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Penrith – Race 1 report

In spite of being a few paddlers short, and losing another paddler in the first race through injury, NWD’s Senior B (Grand Masters) came home with a third place at the first race of the season at Penrith. The same group of paddlers picked up a second in the second heat of the Senior A ( […]

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