Fan your inner fire.
Join the Flames.

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Looking for a competitive team sport?

We are recruiting new members now!

Free trial sessions on Sunday mornings in Docklands. Register above to ‘Come and Try’.



Melbourne Flames is a competitive racing club renowned for success in local and international dragon boat competitions. As current Victorian and Australian champions in numerous categories, we have won gold against clubs from around the world at Club Crew World Championships. Our Head Coach Serghei Cucsa has held the position of Head Coach to the Australian Dragon Boat team since 2010 and many of our members are Australian representatives.

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At Melbourne Flames we pride ourselves on our camaraderie, sportsmanship and community spirit. We want to make every event enjoyable for all and believe that our success depends on fostering an environment that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive. With over 80 members aged 14 to 50+ we always welcome new members and embrace diversity. 



Dragon boat paddling is a high intensity exercise that offers a unique blend of endurance, power, strength and cardio. You well get fit FAST! We also run strength and conditioning sessions three nights a week which are led by our Head Coach. Sessions are tailored to all fitness levels and are a great way to bond as a team.

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Compete to the beat of the drum.

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Racing at regattas

Dragon boat racing is the ultimate team sport where men and women of all ages can compete together in one crew. Once you join we will teach you everything you need to know and you will be able to take part in racing immediately. We strongly encourage everyone to compete as it is the most thrilling and exciting part of our sport. Plus, think about those shiny medals and trophies! 

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At Melbourne Flames we pride ourselves on being more than a sporting club, we are a family. We foster an inclusive and supportive culture and help each other both on and off the water. We love our social activities such as weekly Sunday brunch, sporting events, casual barbecues, fun runs and movie nights. We also run blood drives and donate to charities as our way of giving back to the community. With over 80 members you are sure to make new friends.

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Represent your state and country

If you are interested in the challenge of elite level competition then learn from the best in the State and Australia! Our Head Coach (Serghei Cucsa) has held the position of Head Coach to the Australian Dragon Boat team since 2010 and many of our senior members have held coaching positions for the Victorian State Squad in the last 10 years. No matter what your goals are, guidance, mentorship and support are always on hand at the Melbourne Flames to help you get there.

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International events

Does paddling overseas sound fun? You bet it is! The opportunity to compete internationally are boundless in dragon boat racing. Our members have been to Hungary, Canada, USA, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and China. Where will we go next? Join us to find out.