We call Melbourne's Docklands home and are a diverse club with over eighty members from over 20 nationalities aged from mid teens to over sixty. Our Head coach, Serghei Cucsa, is the current Head Coach of the Australian Dragon Boat Team and we have held the title of Victorian Club Team Champions over the past several years.
Hard work and dedication to training has led to proud moments including being awarded the Trevor Huggard Trophy as the top Australian Club in 2015 and the success of all crews in the 2016 Club Crew World Championships, particularly the fighting spirit shown by our premier women's team who became World Champions!
If you've never been in a dragon boat before but are looking at getting into shape or raising your fitness to a whole new level, our program of paddling combined with no-nonsense gym will do just that.
If you're a lover of the sport and want to compete at the highest level in Australia, then Melbourne Flames will provide you with that opportunity!
Come and see what all the fuss is about for 3 free paddling sessions - no commitment, no questions asked!
Wowee! Nationals were a flamin’ success and we couldn’t be prouder of our team! Here are all our official results:
Premier Women 20’s 200m
Premier Mixed 20’s 200m, 500m, 2km
Premier Women 20’s 2km
Masters Mixed 10’s 200m, 500m, 2km
Masters Women 10’s 2km
Premier Open 10’s 500m
Premier Open 20’s 2km
Masters Women 10’s 200m
Thank you to EVERYONE who supported us, whether you were there in person, or cheering us on from home, thank you to our Team Managers, and all those who helped us out at Nationals to make everything run smoothly. You’re all super stars!
The session starts at 09:00 am so please arrive between 08:30am and 08:45am for registration, a safety drill and a warm welcome of course! We will be paddling regardless of weather, a little bit of rain won't hurt when you are already going to get a little wet.
The focus of the water session is on developing an understanding of dragon boating by giving it a go, and having fun! We will spend about an hour paddling on the water and brunch at Hooks at the Yarra afterwards.
We provide paddles and life jackets but you will need to: wear old clothes or active wear that you don't mind getting wet, extra thermals or layers of clothes, old trainers/paddling boots/flip flops, bring a drink bottle, cap/hat, sunscreen, towel and toiletries, and a change of warm and dry clothes. We have good shower facilities with HOT water
About us: We are a competitive and social dragon boating club, located in Melbourne's beautiful Docklands. We have competed at state, national and international events and have been part of fundraisers and social days. Whether you want to find a new sport to take up recreationally, make friends, get fit or represent your country on the world stage, Melbourne Flames can help you. We believe in you, do you?
A reflection on dragon boating
Its Sunday morning, the sun is out, the clouds finally parted, it's a little chilly but hey, that's Melbourne for you. You readjust your shirt sleeves one last time. Ok. ready. You are sitting in a dragon boat, floating in Melbourne's Docklands. The city looks beautiful today, almost serene. The sun is shining through the towers. Etihad stadium is looming up ahead, waiting for the crowds that inevitably fill it each weekend. The boat looked fierce before you got on; there's a dragon's head on the front and a tail on the back. Okay, maybe this boat isn't so intimidating now that you are inside it. You think to yourself, hmm this seat is a little hard though... A skinny girl is sitting up the front with a big chinese drum, she seems happy to see you, that's reassuring. You look to your right, you see the friendly face of your bench buddy. You turn around and see 19 other friendly happy faces, paddles in hand. Everyone seems like they are a little nervous, but also curious, inquisitive. Your heart starts to race, it's nearly time to start, no time to worry about everyone else just now. You focus. A voice from the back of the boat yells, ARE YOU READY. You pause. Deap breath. It's time to listen to your steer. ATTENTION PLEASE. Your hand is a little cold and wet as you place your paddle in the still, blue water. You set yourself up. Deep breath. GO! The water explodes in a flurry of bubbles, foam and paddles. It’s happening, you are dragon boating, and it’s amazing…
Come and try dragon boating!
Have you heard of dragon boating yet? It’s one of Australia's fastest growing water sports. With a focus on fitness, teamwork, fun and making lifelong friends, dragon boating is a unique experience that is sure to get your heart racing! And yes, the boats do look like dragons.
We are hosting come and try sessions every Sunday. Whether you are an experienced paddler, never paddled before or never played any sport you are most welcome.
Feel the thrill by watching this short video and then come and join us to experience it yourself!
Next Come & Try Session
Getting there by car: Drive to the Docklands end of Collins or Bourke Street, and follow the road around after The Library at the Dock. We are on the right hand side in the new building next to the Library Parking is limited to 2 hours on a Sunday, which is sufficient. There is other parking located near by.
Getting there on foot or by bike: Follow the paths alongside Collins and Bourke St towards docklands, past the Library at the Dock. We are now located in new building next to the Library at the Dock.
Lastly by Tram - take the #11 or #48 to Docklands and walk past the Library at the Dock. We are in the new Community Hub building next door to the Library.
We are looking forward to paddling with you!
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