PADDLING COMMANDS

There are a number of commands used in Dragon Boat racing and training.  Below is a list of a number of them. The ones by The Lakers are in bold, however you may hear other calls at regattas.

 

Set

Lean forward with your paddle placed at a 45 degree angle. This is the first command when setting up to start paddling.

 

Paddles up

Paddles above the water ready to take a stroke. Commonly used for starting the movement of the boat in a non-race situation. This is the second command when setting up to start paddling 

 

Attention

Take a deep breath in as the race is only seconds away of starting.

 

HIT

Command to start paddling.

 

LET IT RUN

Paddling stops and boat coasts to a stop on its own.

 

HOLD WATER

Bringing the boat to a full stop with the use of the paddles. 

JAM STOP

If the Sweep at the back yells this it means your team needs to stop the boat immediately. Place the paddle straight in the water and do not remove until advised by the sweep 

 

DRAW

Command to start side paddling, this is used to maneuver the boat sideways.

 

BACK PADDLE

Paddle backwards

PADDLES FLAT

Place the blade of the paddle flat on the water to stabilize the boat

 

HOLD WATER

Starter referee's call signifying that he/she is aligning of all boats.­ Be ready and focus on your team only, the race is starting any second.

FINISH

This call lets the paddlers know that they are within a predetermined distance of the finish line. This call tells the paddlers if they have any extra ability/strength to give it NOW.