Welcome to the Zamboanga Paddling Club

We're an inclusive, full service paddling club based in Portland, Oregon that welcomes paddlers of all ages and abilities. Our focus is on building a warm and welcoming community where paddlers can focus on fun and competitiveness together. Join us!

If you'd like to find out about the team, more information is available on Dragon Boating, Outrigger Canoeing, and our popular Youth Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the Dragon Boat Practices?

Dragon Boat practice for the 2017 season begins in March. We practice on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. See the Schedules page for more information about practice times, race dates, and other special events.

Teams meet at the flag poles at the top of the boat ramp on the north end of the Riverplace Marina next to the Three Degrees Hotel/Restaurant on the west bank of the Wilamette River.

When and where are the Outrigger Canoe Practices?

Outrigger (OC) practice runs all year, weather permitting. We practice on Wednesdays and Saturdays. See the Schedules page for more information about practice times, race dates, and other special events.

Teams meet at the top of the Newport Bay ramp in front of McCormick and Schmick's restaurant by the Riverplace Marina on the west bank of the Wilametter River.

Do I need my own paddle and PFD? What should I wear?

If you don't have these items, don't worry! We've got paddles and PFDs (personal floatation device)) you can borrow for both practices and races. We don't expect new members to have their own paddles.

We practice nearly all year in the Pacific NW, and as you can imagine, practice in all kinds of weather. Typically, in the fall, spring, and winter, dress in layers in comfortable clothing that doesn't absorb or hold moisture. Tighter fitting clothes are more appropriate than a baggy fit that will catch water and drag.

Under Armor type clothes are preferable under normal t-shirts and shorts during the colder, wetter months. You may start out cold, but you will warm up quickly, so you'll want to keep that in mind when dressing.

What should I expect from the first practice?

For first time paddlers, you may feel sore for the first few practices. That's totally normal. The soreness is generally in the lower back, quads (top of the thighs), and shoulders; although it isn't limited just to those muscle groups.

It's very important to stretch with the team prior to getting on the water to minimize post-practice discomfort. Eventually, through calibrated endurance routines on the water, the soreness will dissipate and you will find yourself able to paddle continuously for longer periods without getting sore and fatigued. It just takes time.

For first timers, you won't know the stroke, or your own abilities, which is totally fine. The coaches and captains will show you all you need to know. We'll go slow at first to let everyone get acclimated before we take off.

The sport of Dragon Boating originated in China more than 2500 years ago. Modern Dragon Boat racing emerged in Hong Kong in 1976; today it is a hugely popular international sport, especially on the West Coast of the United States. Portland has it's share of Dragon Boat clubs, overseen by Dragon Sports USA. Zamboanga Paddling Club is proud to be a part of the Dragon Boat heritage, and the Portland Padding community.

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