The CNCF-Barracuda Paddlers women’s dragon boat club competes in association with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.
Training days: Sun, Tue & Thu 8am-9.15am at Barasti Beach, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Sat 7.30am-8.30am at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Dubai Marina, next to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.barracudapaddlers.com (050 735 5498).
Dubai Dawn Patrol
Offers morning and afternoon dragon boat training.
Dhs1,000 for annual membership (first three sessions are free). Tue & Thu 6am-7am, Sat 7am-8am. Barasti Beach, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, www.dubaidawnpatrol.org (050 879 5645 / 050 159 6703).
Dubai Diggers Dragon Boat
The Diggers are the four-time UAE national champions and are always on the lookout for new members.
First five sessions are free. Mon & Wed 6am-7am, Fri 7.30am-9.30am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.dubai-diggers.com (050 718 5104 / 050 154 7175).
Dubai Flying Dragons
Dragon boat sessions every week with a specialised coach on hand to take beginners through the basics.
Free try-out sessions for first month; Dhs1,100 unlimited annual membership. Try-outs: Sat 4pm; regular practice sessions Mon & Wed from 6am, Sat from 4.30pm. Barasti Beach, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufuoh Road, www.dubaiflyingdragons.org (056 739 8292).
UAE Dragon Boat Association
Under the umbrella of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, this is the UAE’s governing body for dragon boating.
www.dubaidragonboat.com (050 534 8274 / 050 763 4008).