2020 Spring/ Summer
For our most up-to-date schedule and to RSVP, please visit
Mon: 6:15 PM - All paddle with focus on power
Tues: No regular schedule.
Wed: 6:15 PM - All paddle with focus on technique
Thur: No regular schedule
Fri: No regular schedule.
Sat: 7:45 AM - Paddling for all members
9:00 AM - Paddling for all members & new paddlers
**For use of the training facility during non-scheduled activities, please contact Marty Millard. Additional events and updated event changes will be placed on Meetup.
All new paddlers should meet at the training center 15 minutes before a paddling session for a brief paddle lesson and to sign a waiver.
If you are using club paddles and/or vests, please come to the Training Center ten minutes early to retreive these items.
All practices meet here:
JACKSONVILLE DRAGON BOAT TRAINING CENTER
(Temporarily located in the bldg. on the west end while our new space is being reconstructed!)
2305 BEACH BLVD.
Jacksonville, FL. 32250
Intro to Paddling Video
Please bring a bottle of water
Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet
Paddle and PFD will be provided by club
Your first three practices are free
Expect to get a full-body workout!
What To Expect
why pay for a gym membership and paddling dues?
Our club & training center provides it all for only $30 per month!
The training center is now open at Beach Marine (2305 Beach Blvd., bldg. at the west end) in Jacksonville Beach. This center provides year-round dragon boat training, paddling camps, exercise programs, and access to all things related to dragon boating.
The Jacksonville Dragon Boat Training Center, the only one of its kind in North Florida, is equipped with a variety of new machines (Concept 2 Rowers and Ski Erg), exercise balls, step-up blocks, weights, recumbant bike and several OC-1's, as well as a large flat-screen TV for video review, DVD's and music. We consider this "dryland training".
To schedule training sessions or corporate outings, please call Marty at 904-536-3475.
These are pictures from our old building, which has been torn down and is being reconstructed. We currently meet in the building on the west end of the parking lot. We look forward to our new space sometime in 2020, we hope!
Coaching Staff Produces Five World-Class Athletes!
We are fortunate to have a great coaching and fitness staff who are certified dragon boat coaches and very experienced athletes. In the eight years since we formed the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Club, our coaches have produced five Team USA Athletes. These coaches give of their time for free and spend endless hours reviewing films, organizing practices/festival participation, recruiting paddlers, caring for the boats/pfd's/paddles, attending coaching clinics, and coaching. They are the backbone of our club and we are thankful for their help.
Marty "Papa" Millard
Marty was a member of the 2015 & 2017 TEAM USA SENIOR B (over 50) and 2019 TEAM USA Senior C (over 60). His 2019 team set world records winning all of their divisions and eight gold medals at the World Championships in Thailand in August, 2019! Marty played college football, wrestled, is an Eagle Scout, and a retired U.S. Navy Commander who flew helicopters. Obviously, he is no stranger to a work ethic and knows how to provide training in a respectable way. He works us all hard, but also allows us to enjoy special moments on the water to appreciate the wonders of our environment.
Pat Bradley, Consulting Coach
Coach & Athletic Trainer
Stacy was a collegiate rower and has quite an impressive rowing and paddling history. She is an amazing athlete and very helpful in getting people in shape. Watching her paddle makes us all want to continue to get better. Stacy doesn't say much, but when she does, it is always meaningful. She is a great instructor.
We are very proud to have a world-reknowned coach assist us in training. When Pat comes for practice, we all know we are in for a hard workout and truly professional coaching.
As an ambassador for the sport of dragon boating, Pat has undertaken many ventures to grow the sport in his community and beyond. Pat is the founder of the Belleville Dragon Boat Club of Canada and sport consultant to many Canadian & U.S. clubs. As an elite dragon boat athlete, Pat has competed and coached at many, many World Championships throughout his career. He was also the head coach for the Senior C Division for IDBF 2019 Team USA, setting world records by winning eight gold medals.
Trainer & Steersman
Nathan has been an integral part of our club for many years. He is one of our steers and enjoys helping others achieve their goals while having fun. Nathan believes that dragon boating has changed his life and given him the confidence that he can achieve any goal he sets his mind to. You may also find him working as a steer at many festivals throughout the U.S.
Coach & Trainer
Lisa trained hard to become a Team USA, Senior C (over 60 years) paddler. She was thrilled to represent the USA in China at the IDBF World Championships in October, 2017. She is committed to helping others become the best paddlers they can and has been a great addition to our coaching staff.
Jacksonville Dragon Boat Club (JDBC) has team members at various levels of fitness and athletic prowess. Some of us paddle to be extremely competitive, while others enjoy paddling as a part-time endeavor and a way to stay involved in something fun. We are happy to have paddlers enjoy the sport of dragon boating and we try to accommodate everyone.
The training regime varies between teams. We all have respect for each other, realizing we are all paddling for different reasons.
Our coaching staff will teach each paddler the proper technique and synchronization skills during paddling sessions. Practice is essential and we encourage everyone to attend at least one practice per week.
Every paddler is encouraged to improve their stamina and strength by engaging in physical activity off the boat. Walking, running, weight training, and eating healthy are keys to becoming a better paddler. The Jacksonville Dragon Boat Training Center is open to all Jacksonville Dragon Boat Club members as part of their monthly dues and offers multiple opportunities for training.
Stacy, Nathan, Madeline, Layne, and Sandi have developed a core workout for our teams to enjoy. They offer group training at various times throughout the week. Once a paddler has joined our meetup.com group, all of our group workouts are visible. From there, you can RSVP to attend.
Stretching and warming up prior to each practice is also very important. We ask that each paddler try to get to practice a few minutes early to participate in warm-up exercises. This will help us all avoid injuries during practice.
Jacksonville Dragon Boat Club offers paddling clinics throughout the year.
It includes classroom instruction and on-boat sessions held in Jacksonville, Florida.
We feature world-class coaching at our paddling clinics and encourage paddlers of all levels to participate.