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Welcome to the Great Lakes Pearl Dragons - Dragon Boat Club


Why Dragon Boating?

The Great Lakes Pearl Dragons, winners of women's 10s inaugural event for Northern region 2021! "Pearlers" have been paddling on the beautiful Wallis Lake since 2009.

We are regularly within a boats length of playful dolphins, we view the most breath taking sunrises, feel the warmth of the sun, the touch of the breeze and are occasionally refreshed by an odd drop of rain. Experiencing all this while enjoying our healthy, social, sport - Dragon Boating.
Some of us like the competitive nature of the racing, others like the exercise & being part of a team - there's something for everyone at the Great Lakes Pearl Dragons. We welcome both male & female members over the age of 12 years.

"Pearl Dragons paddle for the love of team, friendship, fitness, competition and ….coffee. Paddling is good for the body, mind and soul."  - Coach Kim, 2018

About The Pearl Dragons

What We Offer

  • Training as part of a team

  • Qualified and experienced coaches who structure paddling sessions to build up your fitness and endurance

  • Opportunity to compete at regional and metro regattas

  • Training sessions at varied times 

  • Opportunity for all year round training

  • Competition at regional and metro regattas

  • Pathway to State, National and International competition

  • Social interaction & friendships

  • Chance to train as sweep or coach

Join Us

"Come and have a go''

Saturdays 7.00am

Paddle, enjoy and get committed!

For more information contact our Club Captains,

Kim Haydon: 0419 231 230

John Welch: 0418 110 200

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Welcome to the Great Lakes Pearl Dragons

 Dragon Boat Club

" Bringing The Thrill Of Dragon Boating To The Forster, Tuncurry & surrounding Great Lakes Areas "

Frequently Asked Questions...

Do I need previous experience? No. Most of our paddlers are completely new to the sport when they join us.
Do I have to be fit? Regular paddling will build your fitness, improve your health and is great for mental wellbeing.
What if I like the competitive side? We have members who enjoy the social aspect of dragon boating & others who are mad keen on competition.
Do I need to wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device)? Yes - We provide life jackets for paddlers - and they need to be worn unless you take our optional 50 metre safety swim test.
Will I catch any bugs? Yes - You will catch "The Dragon Boating Bug". This bug will see you paddling hard on our beautiful Wallis Lake. For some with this bug, it means 'Have Paddle - Will Travel' far & away. Don't worry; you will make friends with others afflicted with this bug.

 GLPD annual regatta 2021 

                                                               Please check this site again for updates on 2021 regatta.

                                                                Sat/Sun 20/21 November

                                                                Held at Elizabeth Reserve, Forster Keys



                                                              SATURDAY - 2km turn race 

                                                              SUNDAY - 200m sprints 


Our Sponsors

Many Thanks to our fantastic Sponsors and Supporters

Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club
Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club

Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club - Our Major Sponsor

Beach Bums Cafe
Beach Bums Cafe

Beach Bums Cafe - 2019 Regatta Sponsor

Paradise Marina
Paradise Marina

Paradise Marina - 2019 Regatta Sponsor

Lakeside Tavern
Lakeside Tavern

Lakeside Tavern - 2019 Regatta Sponsor

Lakes & Ocean Hotel
Lakes & Ocean Hotel

Lakes and Ocean Hotel - 2019 Regatta Sponsor

Forster Bowling Club
Forster Bowling Club

Forster Bowling Club - 2019 Regatta Sponsor

Taree Subaru
Taree Subaru

Taree Subaru - 2019 Regatta Sponsor

Occasions Jewellers
Occasions Jewellers

Occasions Jewellers - 2019 Regatta Supporter

New Members are Always Welcome

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Great Lakes Pearl Dragon Regatta
held annually every November.


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General Enquiries

Great Lakes Pearl Dragons
PO Box 381, Forster NSW 2428

President: Laurie Haydon 0425 234 870

Vice President: Wendy Burdekin 0428 561 890

Secretary : Sue Welch 0417 200 895

" I would rather be on the lake paddling - try dragon boating today


The Paddlers' Oath

"On behalf of all paddlers, I promise to take part in this regatta showing mutual respect and abiding by the rules that govern, with the Dragon Spirit in heart and mind, for the glory of dragon boat and the honour of all teams."

Pearl Dragons Members

Dragon Boats NSW (DBNSW) is the governing body for dragon boating in New South Wales and a member of the Australian Dragon Boat Federation (AusDBF)

The Dragon Spirit

"Play the game for the game's sake - be modest in victory and generous in defeat.
The most important thing in dragon boating is not to win, but to take part. Just as in life - it is not the triumph, but the struggle.
Be true to your fellow paddler.
Paddle not for yourself, but for your team.
Work hard. Be strong. Expect no reward and reward will come"