The 2017 dragon boat racing season is now half over, with most teams completing their racing season at the OPS Canada Day Regatta in Welland.   However, you still have one final chance to join a team and paddle (see below)!   No experience is required!

The new "Kokopelli" team starts Thursday, July 6th, and registration is open NOW.

You can't beat our variety, cost, success, and passion for the sport.  ALL teams welcome both new and experienced paddlers. Join our diverse club and experience the thrill of dragon boat racing.  See the menu at left for our teams (each team has their own page).  Many will be updated in the first few weeks of July. 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We also help others form teams by giving them whatever support they need through the use of shared resources; website pages, budget templates, Survey Monkey Pro for registrations, PayPal and budgeting, booking practices, hiring coaches, etc.

Have questions?  Have an idea for a new team you need help with? 

Contact Tim MacFarlane 
Cell: 647-971-7332, E-mail: 

Dragon Boat Canada logo and link to their official website.  Our club is a member.
DDRA logo and link to their official website
My first ever regatta in 2002, and still racing there today in 2014!
Balmy Beach Canoe Club logo and link to their official website
Rusty Dragons logo - view of Toronto skyline in black silhouette, with orange sky and blue water.

The Rusty Dragons offer a very unique range of coached and collective teams.  We love this sport! We are more than a club and consider ourselves a community organization.  We also support other teams as well as help run events, notably the DDRA (OPS) Canada Day Regatta.  We built our reputation on good sportsmanship and having a passion for making dragon boat racing accessible to ANYONE.  We have a great network of business partners, paddlers, and coaches who help make this non-profit initiative fun and rewarding.  Anyone is welcome to join us full-time or on the side as an extra to your current team.  No one has lower fees.  All our teams are looking for new paddlers, and no experience is required.  Pick the one that fits your interest and schedule, and we'll take it from there.  All programs offer a full money-back guarantee - if you are not satisfied with the program for any reason, let us know before the third practice - no questions asked.  
CLUB WIDE MESSAGES (updated July 4th):

>>> The Canada Day Regatta has been moved due to flooding from the Toronto Island to the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC)!   The event will also feature a womens 200m race with 5 teams - ending with our first breast cancer survivor Flower Ceremony. There will also be a Mens 200m Mad Dash race.  This is the 15th year for the event and it will be the best yet on one of the best race courses on the continent - all on Canada's 150th birthday!  The team registration fee is $850 fro non-Rusty Dragons teams (not individual fee) for three 500m races.  It's the same fee that Rusty Dragons teams pay.  A bus has been arranged for Welland.

>>> We are running a one day "Dragon Boat 101" camp for the visually impaired community on July 15th for the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) Visionaries chapter, in coordination with our CCB Dragon Boat Toronto chapter.  Volunteers needed!  There will also be a CCB walk-a-thon fundraiser at Woodbine Beach on Wed. June 21st in the morning.  Contact for details on either event.

>>> We are running our first Heart & Stroke Foundation BIG BIKE ride on Thursday September 28th at 12:30 PM.  Join us! 

We also help create NEW teams to practice and race, or create one-off team-building evenings / weekends for any organization looking to get out on the water and enjoy the sport. Anyone can enjoy the sport and we can help make it happen!  For more information please contact or call 647-971-7332.  Now is the time to plan!  The cost for a group of up to 20 for a two hour intro to dragon boating (one hour on land, one hour on water) is under $250 ($12 a person) and the use of paddles and life jackets is included.  We can also help create teams with 8 practices (once a week in evenings), and race on Canada Day for about $130 / person.