Training & Events

Upcoming Pool of Life Events

Pool of Life offers social events (paddling and non-paddling events), in addition to our training sessions. Ideas for social events are always welcome.

Forthcoming events include the following (please click on the event for more information, if available):

October, 2023

Sunday 8th: Taster sesssion for local NHS breast consultants/surgeons

~ Training session

November, 2023

Sunday 5th: Pink paddle



Pool of Life, Breast Cancer Survivors’ Dragon Boat Team video (posted to Facebook).

“Easter paddle in the spring sunshine. Working on our power and catch through the stroke.”

Pink Paddle

Every month, usually on the first Sunday, Pool of Life has a ‘pink paddle’ for members who want a gentler session or for new members who want to come along and have a go.

We normally paddle through the docks whilst undertaking technical training on our paddle stroke.

We meet at the Watersports Centre at 9.45 am, warm up at 10.00, then paddle from 10.15 to 12.15, ending with a cool down. Most Pink Paddles include a coffee break midway at the Albert Dock.

Pool of Life meeting

Please contact us to let us know you are interested in attending.

See you on the water!


Regular Training Session

Training sessions are a great way to improve your paddling technique and build your stamina.

More advanced techniques – such as race starts, pause action and feathering – will be taught. We will race against the clock and try to improve our times.

The sessions will be longer, typically an hour and a half on the water. There won’t be a coffee break! Anyone who needs a rest can bring their paddle into the boat.

We may be preparing for a specific Dragon Boat racing event, or just improving our style and fitness levels.


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