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Dragon Boat race day is the most fun and exciting event of the calendar, now in its tenth year!

Anyone can compete in this event. Put together a team of friends and we will coach you to paddle like a pro! Each team will compete in three heats. There are many other events going on in the park on race day and it all helps a good cause – your Beaufort County neighbors battling cancer.

Registration is open! Click on “Start a Team” to start your dragon boat journey.

Looking to join an existing team? Find your team here.

Novant Health Hilton Head Hospital


Get Started

Click on the New Team menu to start your team. Give your team a fun name and share the link with your friends. Ideally you need a drummer, twenty paddlers, and a couple of spares. Get your team in the spirit by designing a team logo and getting team T-shirts made.

The team registration fee goes towards the cost of producing the event. We ask that each team member does some fundraising. This money goes towards our cancer mission. A fundraising page will be created for your team and one for each paddler as they sign up. The easiest way to fundraise is to use the social media links on the fundraising page to share it with your friends.

There are many prizes up for grabs. About a third of the teams will get medals and prizes are awarded for top fundraisers, team spirit and a host of other fun categories.

Team captains will receive regular updates as we get closer to raceday, or if you have any questions you can email


The beginnings of DragonBoat Beaufort were inspired by the documentary film Awaken the Dragon presented at the Beaufort International Film Festival in February 2012 which told the story of Dragon Boat Charleston’s cancer survivor dragonboat racing team. Several people quickly agreed to start a dragonboat team right here in Beaufort. With no resources and no equipment, the first practice was done sitting on chairs and paddling with brooms in Waterfront Park.  All were sharing the same enthusiasm and desire to change one’s focus of recovery and individual fight to a focus of common energy and love, community spirit, camaraderie and winning as a team. Just a few months later and with only a few practices under its belt, DragonBoat Beaufort competed at the Charleston Dragonboat Festival.  Thanks to generous sponsorship, Dragonboat Beaufort celebrated the christening of its first dragonboat Braveheart in June 2012 and its second dragonboat Dragonfly in June 2015. DragonBoat Beaufort consists of very active and dedicated folks from all different backgrounds and ages. They all share the same passion for the sport, the desire of fighting as a team, the compassion for one another and the long lasting camaraderie.  The mixed competitive team comprises many cancer survivors as well as supporters who practice three times per week.

DragonBoat Beaufort is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to assisting cancer patients who live, work, or receive treatment in Beaufort County. We are a fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.