Dragon Boating


A dragon boat is a long, narrow, open boat which seats and is paddled by up to 20 people who row to the beat of a drum played by a ‘caller’.

Who Can Participate

  • Paddlers – minimum of 12 years old
  • Sweeps – minimum of 15 years old
  • Specific rules for adults – males over 40 or female over 55 may require to seek medical advice at the discretion of the Activity provider
  • Some Activity Providers may have additional age or height restrictions.

Safety Rules

  • The minimum dress requirements are: are long shorts or bike pants, a protective shirt (preferably with a collar and long sleeves), lace up shoes (or closed water shoes that are a firm fit) that can be worn in the water, and a brimmed hat that can be tied on.)  Jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets, long earrings, rings and watches, must be removed.  Long hair to be tied back
  • Participants need to be able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for three minutes wearing shirt, shorts, shoes, and a life jacket, OR hold the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia Swim and Survive level 3 or higher (or equivalent).  In special circumstances, eg special needs members, it may be possible for individual non-swimmers to participate in canoeing activities in carefully controlled situations at the discretion of the ratified Instructor.

Supervision Requirements 

Refer to Girl Guides Australia Ratios at a Glance

 Leader in Charge

  • The LiC must ensure that all participants are informed of appropriate clothing and/or personal equipment prior to the activity.
  • The LiC must organise and collect the ADM.27 from youth members and ADM.28 from adults.  The LiC must inform the Activity Instructor of any health conditions or behaviour issues with participants.
  • The LiC must have an appropriate first aid kit suitable for the activity present at the activity venue.
  • The LiC must ensure participants have water and food appropriate to the activity.
  • The LiC is responsible for all participants when they are not participating in the activity.

Activity Instructor 

Many outdoor activity centres will use in-house instructor qualifications. If you are unsure if they are accepted or alternative qualifications are held, contact your State Outdoor Activities Manager to ensure the instructor’s qualification is suitable.

 Questions to be asked when looking for an Activity Provider

  • The Activity Leader/Instructor is to brief all participants on safety and the care of equipment prior to the activity.
  • It is suggested that the Activity Leader / Instructor provide ground training prior to the commencement of the activity if relevant.
  • Obtain permission from relevant authorities for access and use of land and waterbodies. Examples are: National Parks, State forests and private landowners.
  • The ratified activity leader/ instructor must have knowledge of the locality, facilities, and terrain and weather conditions of the area that the activity will be taking place.
  • Should there be inclement weather the LiC and ratified instructor will need to negotiate whether the activity should proceed or be postponed.
  • Activity Leaders/ Instructors must have a first aid kit and appropriate rescue equipment readily accessible to all participants.

Notification Forms Required


For Approval – Prior to the Activity

  • OUT.01 Camp/Adventure-based/Event: Notification/Application
  • ADM.56B Risk Assessment Plan for Outdoor Activities Events Camps
  • Activity Provider Risk Management Plan

At the Activity

  • Participants are required to have completed: ADM.27 for Youth Members or ADM.28 for Adults
  • Girl Guide Incident Report

After the Activity

  • OUT.03 Camp/Adventure-based/Event Report

Last Modified: 09/09/22 at 11:36 PM