Challenge the Dragon Information


Originating from Chinese fishing vessels, these festive boats are decorated with fierce dragon heads, colorful bodies and elaborate tails. The longest boats measure 18 meters long, are almost the length of a large metro bus and carry a team of 20 paddlers plus a drummer! Smaller boats carry teams of 10 paddlers and a drummer.

Bring your group to the Oklahoma River to Challenge the Dragon and let the fun begin as your team learns to paddle to the beat of the drummer while learning what it takes to move the boat across the water as a team. After a quick land lesson, participants will don PFDs, grab their paddles and climb aboard. During the session, participants will get hands-on experience of the importance of working together for a common goal, then discuss how their performance and challenges relate to their workplace or group.

The experience takes approximately two hours and the schedule would be as follows:

  • Private tour of the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center, an Olympic Training Site
  • Basic dragon boating instruction on land
  • Dragon boating on the water
  • Debriefing session

Located in the new $10 million Devon Boathouse, the OKC National High Performance Center provides state-of-the-art training facilities for Olympic hopefuls in rowing and canoe/kayak. The Devon Boathouse features the world’s first dynamic propulsion indoor rowing tank, an endless pool, a high altitude training chamber for training up to 12,000 ft, extensive strength and conditioning facilities and state of the art video technology.

In the event weather conditions make it unsafe to hold an outdoor or one-the-water team building experience your group may choose to reschedule your experience for another day.

Weather conditions that make it necessary to reschedule an on-the-water experience include:

  • Sustained winds averaging 25 mph or higher
  • Air temperature below 40 degrees or above 100 degrees
  • Heavy rain (experiences can be held in light rain/mist)
  • Lightning