History of dragon boat can be traced back to more than 2000 years ago along on the banks of the life-sustaining rivers in Southern China such as the Chang Jiang（长江）or Yangtze River（扬子江）. The main legend connects the Dragon Boat Festival （端午节） with a touching saga of a famous Chinese patriot poet named Qu Yuan（屈原）.
He lived in the Period of the Warring States （战国时代）(475-221 B.C.) during which China was torn into seven main states battling among themselves. Qu Yuan was a minister as well as a poet of the southern state of Chu, a champion of political loyalty and truth towards maintaining the Chu state's sovereignty. The Chu king, however, fell under the influence of other corrupt, jealous ministers who slandered Qu Yuan's integrity. He was consequently banished from the country he loved.
In his exile, Qu Yuan produced some of the greatest poetry in Chinese literature expressing his fervent love for his state and his deepest concern for its future. In the year 278 B.C., learning of the inevitable devastation of his country by the Qin（秦）state, he is said to have waded into the Miluo （汨罗江） river in today's Hunan （湖南） Province holding a great rock in order to commit suicide as a form of protest against the corruption of the era.
The people learning of his suicide rushed out in their fishing boats to the middle of the river and tried desperatedly to save him. They beat drums and splashed water with their paddles in order to keep the fish and evil spirits from his body, and later on, scattered rice into the water to prevent him from hunger. However, late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his friends and told them that the rice meant for him was being intercepted by a huge river dragon. He asked his friends to wrap their rice into three-cornered silk packages to ward off the dragon. This has been a traditional food ever since known as Zongzi（粽子）, although the dumplings are wrapped in leaves instead of silk. In order to commemorate him, people held Dragon Boat Race every year on the same day of his suicide, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
How you can get involved?
Nothing beats the satisfaction of the unified sound of 20 paddles pulling through the water at the same time. Dragon Boating has emerged as one of the most popular water sports among organisations and individuals alike. It is arguably the best water sports that bonds people together by putting them on the same boat and getting them to work together towards a common goal.
With the Dragon Boat paddle in your hands and sitting side-by-side with your teammates / friends / colleagues, you are now a Dragonboater, ready to hit the water!
Front Catch! is proud to present a series of Dragon Boat coaching and teambuilding services (all equipment will be provided: Dragon Boat(s), paddles, lifevests):
Dragon Boat Team Building Programme
- Cater to any number of participants (minimum 20).
- Suitable for schools and all other organisations.
- Easily customisable for your unique requirements.
- Option of holding mini-race within your organisation.
- Duration and number of sessions required is fully flexible.
Dragon Boat Paddling Proficiency Training Programme
- For those who wants to take up Dragon Boat as a sport.
- Begin at your level of proficiency. Beginners are welcome.
- Ideal package for schools and organisations that wants to form up a Dragon Boat team to participate in Dragon Boat races.
- Various race strategies and paddling techniques will be covered.
- Strength and conditioning training sessions are also available.