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NOV 14 2017 09:16

Congress 2017

The date for this years Congress has been set as 18th November and will be taking place at Worcester University. Refreshments will be provided. ...Read more

NOV 13 2017 05:00

Coach Level 3 Course

There is a Coach Level 3 course being run in Liverpool on 16th & 17th December. ...Read more

OCT 02 2017 10:00

Nationals Results Published

The results for the recent 2 days of Dragon Boat racing from the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham have been published and can be downloaded from the 2017 results page. ...Read more

SEP 26 2017 08:00

The passing of Tony Bushell

It is with great sadness that the BDA reports the passing of Tony Bushell, on the 25 September 2017, from a rare form of cancer that he had fought for the past 18 months. Tony was one of the first people to join the BDA after he helped to form the Winchester Dragons and some time later Notts Anaconda. ...Read more

AUG 30 2017 11:43

Final League Table update of 2017

The league tables have now all been updated for the final time in 2017. ...Read more

AUG 17 2017 08:30

2017 League Tables Updated

The 2017 League Tables have been updated except for Standard League & Mixed League while I await some clarification of some information. ...Read more

AUG 17 2017 08:20

London Results Published

Following the final event of the BDA National League, the results for London have been published. ...Read more

AUG 01 2017 10:55

Team GB Roles - Applications Open

The applications are now open for the Team GB Roles which will be held from 1st September 2017 through to 31st August 2019 to cover the period of the European Championships in Berlin in August 2018 and the World Championships in 2019. ...Read more

JUN 12 2017 11:54

League points updated, results published

The league tables have been updated following the event at Crosby this past Saturday. The full results & worksheet are available from the 2017 results section of the website. ...Read more

MAY 31 2017 09:40

Crosby & Milton Keynes event info

The event info for the upcoming Crosby & Milton Keynes National League events is now available for download from the Crosby & Milton Keynes event pages. ...Read more

MAY 16 2017 12:05

Bristol Results Published & League Tables Updated

The results & worksheet for Bristol have been published and can be downloaded from the 2017 League Results page. ...Read more

MAY 12 2017 03:00

Stockton National League Race Prizegiving Comment

Unfortunately I was not able to be in Stockton but I understand that it was a fine curtain opener for this years National League. A little birdie also told me that one team chose not to attend the prize giving as they didn't place, even though they were still on site and some of their crew members stayed overnight in Stockton. ...Read more

APR 27 2017 12:30

National League starts this weekend

With the first National League event in Stockton on Tees now just a matter of days away I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the crews that have entered ...Read more

APR 14 2017 02:41

National League Entry Fees for 2017

With the additional classes for 2017 the entry fees are a little more complicated but I will try to make it as simple as possible for you now. The entry form on the website will be updated shortly. ...Read more

MAR 09 2017 03:25

Mixed Racing Rules 2017

As you may be aware, the IDBF recently changed the crew makeup of a mixed 20 person boat to be a maximum of 10 of either gender. ...Read more

FEB 28 2017 12:23

BDA National League Update 2017

The first League event, Stockton, is just over two months away. It is a regatta course and will feature both long and short course racing, and subject to time and weather a long 2km race. ...Read more

FEB 28 2017 09:45

Nottingham League Event change of date

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to change the date of the Nottingham National League event. ...Read more

FEB 24 2017 09:00

Wraysbury vs Eggheads

Six learned members of Wraysbury Dragons recently travelled up to Glasgow to take part in an episode of Eggheads after a successful audition. ...Read more

FEB 06 2017 09:30

Club membership renewals outstanding

It is now February yet there are a number of clubs that are yet to renew their BDA Club Membership for 2017. ...Read more

JAN 03 2017 11:31

Membership renewals for 2017

It's the new year and it is time for you all to renew your Club & Individual BDA Memberships for the upcoming year. ...Read more

DEC 17 2016 06:50

Calling all Under 18's

A call has been put out for Under 18's to trial in the new year for the upcoming International events. ...Read more

DEC 15 2016 01:00

GB Grands Mixed at 2017 World Champs in China

Nick Evans and Ian Bowers, coaches to the GB Grands Open crew, are looking to form a Grands Mixed standard boat crew to race at the 2017 World Championships in China. ...Read more

NOV 10 2016 01:55

National Cup results set published

The full results set for all races at 2016 National Cup Finals as well as the cumulative points for the various classes have been published on the website and can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. ...Read more

OCT 10 2016 09:25

Monaco event postponed

I got a phone call this morning from Monaco, unfortunately due to a lack of interest from other European crews who were complaining that is was too near Christmas, the event isn’t happening now. It will likely be moved to April next year and I will try to organise it so the league doesn’t clash with it as soon as I have a date. ...Read more

SEP 29 2016 08:36

Premier GB Squad launch for 2017

The GB Premier Squad is now recruiting for the 2017 campaign. This will culminate in the World Championships in China, the home of the sport. ...Read more

SEP 28 2016 01:04

Ladies league results finalised

The results of the Ladies League have now been finalised and updated following my investigation into a couple of queries raised regarding points allocations. ...Read more

AUG 30 2016 10:30

National League Update - Full Steam ahead for 2017

This season we have run an open round robin format with a shadow mixed league, and introduced a Super 12 Ladies format. We did this to provide fair and equitable racing, and ensure that all teams get the same number of races before a final. It also enabled us time to fit more races in and lunch breaks for officials and paddlers too. ...Read more

AUG 25 2016 12:23

National Entries required

With only a few weeks to go until the culmination of our league race season it is now that time of year where you need to enter the National Cup Competition. ...Read more

APR 05 2016 06:00

Paddle back ! - The Purple Warriors are coming . . .

Today a new dragon boat club emerges to join the thousands worldwide, but this one is different. Purple Warriors is a club solely for serving and retired members of HM Forces who, as a result of their service to this country, are suffering from some form of impairment. ...Read more

APR 03 2016 10:41

Wraysbury win gold at CCWC

I have heard that Wraysbury have been very successful at the Club Crew World Championships currently taking place in Adelaide, Australia. ...Read more

JAN 25 2016 10:33

BNTS & BDA Membership

It has come to our attention that some BNTS attendees may not be current paid up members of the BDA. ...Read more

DEC 31 2015 10:00

A New Year Honour

Our very own Joanne Griffiths has been awarded an MBE in the recently announced New Year Honours list. ...Read more

DEC 17 2015 11:44

AIMS gets IOC Recognition

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) Executive Board has approved IOC recognition of AIMS (Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport) ...Read more

OCT 25 2015 08:18

DBS Checks for Club Officers & Coaches

It is a requirement for our insurance that each of our Club Coaches and key Club Officers has a DBS certificate issued within the last 3 years. ...Read more

SEP 23 2015 10:00

New membership options

At the Exec meeting following the last Congress in 2014 it was agreed that we would introduce a partial years membership option so members joining the BDA from 1st August onwards would pay a reduced rate of £20 for the remainder of the year instead of having to pay the full year rate of £35. We have since agreed a reduced Junior rate for a partial years membership from 1st August of £15 rather than the full year rate of £25. ...Read more

MAY 29 2014 09:45

Improving our communication

We have been working hard building and updating the new website over the last few months and are now ready to launch a couple of new developments. ...Read more

FEB 13 2014

Welcome to the new website!

The new BDA Website goes live today. has a fresh new look and feel and will be getting even better over the coming months. Check back regularly to stay in touch with the latest news from dragon boating in the UK and to see the new features as we add them to the site. ...Read more