What’s New

  • Team USA Coaches Application Now Available

    Interested in becoming a Team USA coach? The USDBF High Performance committee is now accepting applications for the 2025 cycle, which will take Team USA to the IDBF World Championship Competition in Germany.

    For more information, go to the USDBF website at usdbf.org/team-usa.

  • Level 1 Coaches Course offered

    A USDBF certified Level 1 Coaches Course is being offered via Zoom on June 22 – 23, 2024. This popular course will fill up quickly.

    Please click here to view the flyer that describes more information about this popular course.

  • Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Festival and Leadership Camp

    The inaugural event “Unleash the Dragons” is open to all cancer survivor paddlers of all skill levels. This event will be held at Nathan Benderson Park, Florida from January 22nd through the 25th of 2025.

    The organizers have an amazing program planned full of excitement, entertainment, and experienced coaching instructors.

    For more information you can read their handout by clicking here.

    Or, you can visit their website by clicking here to follow the link.

  • Planning on attending CCWC? You need to read this!

    ATTENTION CCWC 2024 team managers who are sending crews and support personnel to the CCWC 2024 in Ravenna.

    In continuing the expansion on the important education of our athletes and support personnel the IDBF has made it a mandatory requirement for CCWC athletes and all coaches to complete or have completed an Anti-Doping course before being eligible for registration/accreditation at the CCWC 2024 in Ravenna. 

    Please visit the USDBF CCWC 2024 page to find important information. Download the Informational Letter from Bridget Walter, Chair Medical Commission and find links to the online Anti-doping Education course and the Excel Spreadsheet submission list. 

  • USDBF Announces 1st Can American Championships

    The USDBF has announced that it is working with Dragon Boat Canada to host the first ever CanAmerican Championships at the Welland International Flatwater Center in Welland, Ontario, Canada. This event is billed to be the most competitive, fair and exciting racing on the continent in 2024!

    At this event the US teams will race head to head with Canadian teams in three distances for all classes/categories. 200m; 500m and 2000m. Racing is scheduled to take place July 25th through the 28th 2024 with training taking place on the 24th.

    Registration is open to all Clubs in the US. The registration site is now open.

    Visit USDBF.org for more information.

  • Link to 13th IDBF CCWC event videos, 2022

    The IDBF Club Crew World Championships were held beginning on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022. This is the 13th year that the International Dragon Boat Federation has held the Club Crew World Championships and in 2022 they were held in Sarasota, Florida.

    You can view a YouTube archive of each day’s racing by going to this link:

  • IBCPC Founding President passes

    It is with sadness we must report that Jane Frost, International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Founding President died in hospital in Vancouver BC Canada on June 12, 2022.   

    Jane was a visionary and activist for the past twenty seven years as an original member of Abreast In A Boat the world’s first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team. She lead the way with love, courage and perseverance to grow breast cancer paddling worldwide. 

    She was an inspiration for so many with the important work she did in enhancing the quality of life of those diagnosed with breast cancer through the camaraderie , exercise and mutual support  we all experienced paddling together  in a dragon boat.
    She will be missed . We offer our condolences to her family and to her many friends around the world.

  • IDBF moves to new website

    The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) has announced that it has moved it’s website to a new domain name. See the Media Release below:


  • USDBF Announces New Scholarship

    The United States Dragon Boat Federation and its communities have lost a prominent member of our dragon boat community, Dr. Hype Mattingly-Jordan on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Dr. Mattingly served the USDBF as the Premier Women’s coach in 2015, and paddled many years as a Team USA member. Hype’s passion for the sport at all levels, and more importantly her commitment to any paddler she came into contact with, will continue to be carried forward by all those she had touched over the years.

    The USDBF officers and directors offer our sincerest condolences to her wife Sara Jordan, and to Hype’s family.

    The United States Dragon Boat Federation has created a scholarship in honor of Hype Mattingly, to be awarded each year to a paddler to attend the Bow Wave Training Camp.  Anyone who was coached by Hype at this camp soon learned about her desire to make each paddler into much more than they ever thought possible, with her fierce energy, attention to detail, and endless perseverance and persistence.

    It is the hope that athletes awarded the Hype Mattingly Scholarship will take advantage of the opportunity to learn, grow, and excel in the sport of Dragon Boat with that same fierce desire shown by Hype throughout her coaching career.