About Our Team

Paradise City Dragon Boat is a team of cancer survivors and supporters paddling on the Connecticut River in Northampton, MA.

We're recruiting new team members and welcome you to take a class or get in touch if you are an experienced paddler interested in joining our team.


Our focus is on dragon boat racing, building and sustaining fitness, contributing to the community, and stewardship of the Connecticut River. Our co-ed team is open to adults 18 and up.




Rays of Hope supports us with a grant that helps us bring breast cancer survivors onto the team, and also allows us to offer financial support to charter team members who have had breast cancer. Paradise City Dragon Boat is actively recruiting breast-cancer survivors to help build our crew. Our goal is to race an All Cancer Survivor (ACS) or Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS) crew in 2020!


Research has shown paddling to be a helpful rehabilitation activity after breast surgery and radiation treatment:

Once a Taboo, Exercise Becomes Post-Cancer-Surgery Rehab Tool




Dragon boating is a 2500 year-old sport native to China. Modernized in the 1980s, twenty-first century racing boats are fiberglass canoes, powered by 20 paddlers with a steersperson in back and a drummer in the front of the boat beating a cadence for the crew. Paddlers sit on bench seats and use canoe paddles to propel the boat forward.

There are dragon boat teams throughout the northeast, as well as regional competitions in Boston, Springfield and Worcester, 

Massachusetts; Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut; Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Burlington, Vermont.