PDBA has established an advisory committee to develop a youth initiative program within our region. We have identified the following:

  • Among high school dragon boat team development, the San Francisco Bay Area, through CDBA and BAD, has established one of the strongest youth HS programs in the US.
    • Held the Eleventh Annual CDBA Youth Dragon Boat Race in 2012
    • Over 30 teams from California, Oregon and Arizona participated
  • California has the largest number of University and College dragon boat teams (a direct benefit from the HS programs) in the US
    • 12 Colleges in California
    • 2 Colleges in Arizona
  • These young people represent the next generation of leadership and growth for this sport in our region.


  • To promote collaborative interaction among the youth coaches in our region
  • To provide financial and other support to youth programs
  • To share our experience and knowledge to help develop other youth programs

California United Dragon Boat (formerly CAU23 Dragon Boat) an example of a collegiate level youth organization in our region. The founders came from the ranks of the first U24 Team USA who represented the United States at the 2011 IDBF Worlds held in Tampa. Their Mission: To establish a competitive program to develop collegiate paddlers as athletes and leaders in world-class competitive dragon boat racing. (U24 stands for "under 24")  See their website at California United Dragon Boat

IDBF World Championships (U24 Division)

At this time we are looking to put a competitive crew together to represent the U.S. in the Under 24 divisions (mixed, open, women)  this summer for the 2015 World Nations Championships in Welland-Niagara Region, Canada. Please see the information below and let us know if you would be interested at representing your country at this event!


12th IDBF World Nations Championships

Welland-Niagara, Canada: 19 - 23 August 2015

Documents attached

9th IDBF Club Crew World Championships

Ravenna, Italy: 3 - 7 September 2014