We’re a fun and hearty bunch — and always happy to have new members join, regardless of their level of fitness or experience. Our club members are mostly in the 20’s to 60’s age range. Dragon boating is truely a sport that most anyone can do! Although the Pirates are renowned for having a good time (and perhaps for stealing the occasional mascot from other dragon boat clubs), we are also keenly competitive and have won many trophies at regattas.
The Perth Pirates paddle out of the Maylands Sport and Recreation Center, training several times a week, all year long. There are normally four regattas each summer — competing against other dragon boat teams in 200 m, 500 m and 2,000 m races. A State Championship is held at the end of the summer season, and normally a State team (as well as club teams) from WA attend the National Championships.
During the winter months training changes to cater for a number of marathon events that occur over the winter. These training sessions involve more distance work. The beautiful glass-like waters of the Swan river make for a extraordinary experience.
We aim to have our boats on the water by: