“Medals are won during races, but are earned during the off season”

Boston 1 Dragon Boat Team is a premier dragon boat club operating out of the Boston Harbor. Founded in 2013 by a group of experienced paddlers, we have since grown to become an elite club. Our focus is promoting the sport of dragon boat in the greater Boston community. We welcome paddlers of all fitness levels and strive to make Boston 1 a fun experience for everyone.

During the water season, we paddle three times a week to prepare for regional and international dragon boat competitions. In the off-season, our focus is on gym strength training, mixed with circuit training, cardio sessions and paddling erg practices.


Not just a crew but a FAMILY! Our team is comprised of a diverse group of people who are students and professionals that hail from all corners of the globe such as Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia, India, China, and United States. Whether you’re new to the city or looking to expand your social circle, we are a socially active group. From potlucks to game nights, we do everything.


Boston 1 with a gold medal for the 2k race at the 2017 Pan American Club Crew Championship

We strive to paddle at an elite level and to race competitively against the strongest crews in North America. Setting goals is a powerful motivator in sports performance and, as such, we aim high. We achieved our 2017 goal of doing well enough at ERDBA Championships (Eastern Regionals) to qualify for the Club Crew World Championships (CCWC) in Szeged, Hungary. In July 2018, we sent 18 of our strongest and most dedicated to fill a small boat mixed and open crew and compete against some of the world’s best teams.

For the 2019 season, Boston 1 will once again provide two boats: Premier and Sport. The Premier Boat is for paddlers who are looking to be competitive, are willing to work hard to become fast, and help B1 be very competitive. We always aim to paddle competitively, but for those not interested in the fitness test will have an opportunity to race at Springfield as part of the Sport Boat.

The Premier Boat roster for the first half of the season will be determined within the first 2 weeks of the water season based on fitness tests. A second fitness test will be used to determine the Premier Boat roster for the second half of the season.