Try-it Day

July 23, 2017 in Club News by UncorkedBob

Come and give it a go!

Register here for a Free Session.

Tees Valley Dragons is a vibrant and developing water sports club located in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside. The club has members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds who train together on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

You won't be expected to turn up to every session as we welcome all levels of commitment, from the serious athletes to the casual social and fun paddlers. Free taster sessions are offered to individual prospective new members (and their friends) to join us in the boat at any of our training sessions.

We offer you a free, safe, fun and exciting introduction to the sport of Dragon Boat Racing. The sport is suitable for all ages, both men and women, and you can start at any fitness or ability level. It won’t take long to develop your technique and strengthen your body. You don't have to be fit to start doing something, but you have to start doing something to get fit.

A typical free session will include the following:

  • A safety briefing from a qualified coach
  • A warm-up to get the blood flowing
  • Advice on paddling technique
  • Focused aerobic and anaerobic training pieces
  • Practice start sequences and race distances
  • Friendly team banter!

Dragon boating is an all-body sport, which does not just focus on the arms and upper body. When done properly, Dragon Boat paddling works the muscles in your legs, back, shoulders and core abdominals. It’s a great sport to help get rid of those love-handles and bulgy tummies!

We can be found at River Tees Water Sports Centre: The Slipway, North Shore Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2NL. Bring comfortable clothes (eg, tracksuit and trainers, no jeans) and a small bottled drink, a change of clothes might be a good idea too!  We will provide all the relevant equipment. More details are in the FAQ's page.

For groups wishing to have a full boat to themselves will need to contact us for prices (to cover the equipment and coach/helm costs). Our usual day fees may apply, but discounts are available.

Register here for a Free Session.

Busy Weekend for Tees Valley Dragons

June 26, 2017 in Club News by UncorkedBob

Tees Valley Dragons have had a very busy weekend of dragon boat activities, despite the Powerhouse Crew not racing at Milton Keynes.

Jo and Colin made the trip to Milton Keynes to officiate the event. Jo being on the finish line all day and Colin moving from boat marshalling to the searing heat of the start line. As well as Cooper keeping the ducks and geese off the grass.

Paul, Andrea, Mikey and Pippa all travelled to Milton Keynes to guest paddle for the very welcoming Pershore Pheonix team as well as the ladies being part of the Powersaints women’s crew with St Neots.

Powersaints and Powerspartans crews continued to rack-up the points on Saturday in the women’s and junior leagues, and even without turning in a team Powerhouse have held onto the third place in the Standard League! All looking positive for the rest of the season and the coming national finals.


The Northfield School Summer Fair was used a promotional event on Saturday. The Tees Valley Dragons put on an ergo display and banged the drum for us with plenty of interest from both the pupils, teachers and their family members.

Sunday saw the annual Hong Kong Lions dragon boat event in central London with Jo and Colin among the 15000 crowd cheering on Brian and Lisa in the Purple Warriors team and our friends the St Neots Spartans paddling with a celebrity (you can ask them next who time you see them). The Purple Warriors raced four times and won four times taking home the charity trophy – Excellent work from both seat buddies Brian and Lisa you did us proud.

Allyson led the first training session for the GB senior squad (over 40s) on Sunday, on the Thames at Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow. This was the first training session for the seniors (over 40’s) looking to enter the squad for the European Championships in Germany in 2018.

All-in-all just another reminder of the opportunities for travel, making new friends and generally having a bunch of fun that comes from dragon boat racing. It makes the winter training worthwhile.

Race Report Stockton

June 21, 2017 in Club News, Race Reports by Allyson Butterfield

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The crew managers meeting ran to time and the crew managers were led out and back to their teams by the lion who had arrived to dance and bless the festival.

The first league event of the 2017 season and the day started at 7am with the Powerhouse team finishing off the preparations for the arrival of 17 club

The course had been buoyed on Saturday and weeks and weeks of preparation and planning was about to be tested.

The first races of the day saw the super 12 racing in Junior, ladies and open category.  Our juniors joined up with another crew to make a boat of 20.  It was fantastic to get that many juniors at an event racing together and the result was just as fabulous. 

Times :- Powerspartans 1st place with a time of 52:81 (2nd 56:94, 3rd 58:45, 4th 1:05.32)

We had 6 juniors paddling and or drumming and they slotted into the boat with some current GB under 18’s and performed brilliantly.  Comments from the bank said that they couldn’t pick them out as they blended so well.  They must have been really nervous for their first race, regardless of the fact that they got in a strange boat with other juniors they had never met before.  I cannot describe how proud we all are of them

Powerhouse open 12 ran the course in 50:47 with Powersaints coming in third with a time of 57:02 we were pipped by Firestorm who had a rolling start there time was 56:26 beating us by 0.76 grrr.

Onto the standard races.  What a performance, standard boat racing saw us paddling against Premier crews and my goodness did they know we were there.  The final finished with us in 2nd place of the major plate final behind Henley on 2:16.91, Powerhouse 2:17.33, Rage 2:20.00 and 3 Rivers 2:20.50.  We were only 0.42 of a second behind Henley (loud applauds and pats on the back all round)  We came 9th overall out of 17 crews.

What a fantastic day.










Armed Forces Day 2017

June 19, 2017 in Club News by UncorkedBob

Fun in the sun!

A lovely day on Saturday promoting dragon boat racing at the Armed Forces Day in Middlesbrough town centre.

Thanks to everyone that came along and chatted with us and those that tried out the ergos.

To take advantage of your free "try-it" sessions click on the link at the top of our home page.

Early morning setup for Armed Services Day

Picture source: Love Middlesbrough facebook page credited to Doug Moody Photography (thanks Doug)

League Competition 2017 begins on Sunday 30th April

April 27, 2017 in Club News, Race Reports by Allyson Butterfield

Dragonboat Clubs from around the country arrive in Stockton over the weekend for the 1st Dragonboat  League Event of 2017.  We are expecting 17 clubs who aer bringing 22 teams teams to race on the Tees.  The points gained will be the first ones in the league tables for this season.

To open the season there will be a lion dance to bless the festival.

We have a cafe selling hot drinks, baon and sausage sandwiches, soup , cakes, snacks etc. 

Powerhouse are delighted to host the first event on our fully bouyed 4 land course.

Chinese New Year – Pipe Bridge Paddle

February 28, 2017 in Club News by Will Horner

On Saturday 28th January Powerhouse took to the Tees for a Chinese New Year paddle to the pipe bridge, approximately 13k. We had 3 of our juniors and 2 guests in the boat. On the return journey we saw the local seal who popped up to see what all the fuss was about. What a great morning.

by Graham

Duke of Edinburgh – Try It Session

October 16, 2016 in Club News by Graham

On Saturday 15th October we hosted School students hoping to progress their Duke of Edinburgh by participating in the dragon boat racing. We held a free try it session, the sun shone and we launched 2 full sized dragonboats with 28 people on the water.  They brought there own press team too to interview participants and publicise the opportunity. Everyone had a great time and we hope to see them again next week.


by Graham

Winter Training has Started Monday and Wednesday Evenings 6pm – 7:30pm

October 16, 2016 in Club News by Graham

Winter training has started Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Gym work on Mondays, night paddling on Wednesdays.

There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad choices of clothing.

National League 2016 – Round 3

May 16, 2016 in Club News, Race Reports by UncorkedBob

Stockton-on-Tees National League Event 2016

Powerhouse DBRC are hosting the 3rd National League event of 2016 on Sunday 29th of May at the River Tees Watersports Centre in Stockton-on Tees.. The watersports centre is fully equipped with on-site changing rooms, toilets and showers. There will be on-site catering all day and use of the bar after the event (enjoy the bank holiday!).

Enjoy one of the only fully buoyed courses available to Dragonboat racers in the country.

League event 2016 poster

When the racing is complete, join the paddlers at the River Tees Water Sports Centre where we will be partying until late. We will have a grandstand view of the river, from the private balcony, of the River Tees and the Infinity Bridge.



Racing Venue: River Tees Watersports Centre (RTWC)


Facilities include: Changing rooms and showers

Gym with 3 dragonboat ergos

Function room and café

Full disabled access, including changing facilities

Free car parking



The Slipway, North Shore Road, Stockton-on-Tees,

TS18 2NL

(Type ‘River Tees Water Sports Centre’ into Google Maps and it will take you directly to the car park).


From A19: Take the turn-off to the A1046, Portrack Lane towards Stockton;

Continue past Asda straight over the next roundabout and traffic lights;

Take the first exit at the next roundabout onto Dugdale Street;

Turn right at the end onto North Shore Road;


From A66: Take the turn-off to the A135 heading to Stockton

Keep in the right-hand lane at the traffic lights and take the third exit

Keep in the second lane at the lights and follow the road off to the right to the North Shore (A135)

Keep in the third lane and once past the lights, take the turning to the left, North Shore Road.



Parking is limited on site. There are 40 parking spaces available within the RTWC car park, but these will be prioritised for officials and volunteers first. However, nearby free parking will be 2mins walk away from the RTWC, as directed by volunteers.


Trailer Parking:

Trailer storage is strictly off-site. All trailers to be stored (as always) in the nearby Prestons of Potto haulage yard, roughly 1min drive away. See picture below.

Boat Loading:

Please aim to arrive as early as possible as access to the slipway is limited and becomes congested quickly. Boats are to be loaded onto the water with the aid of other crews, then moved away from the slipway to the jetties.


Provisional Race Program:

We will have four lane racing (each lane is deeper than 5m) with a round-robin format over 200m, 500m and 2000m (single turn) distances. The course is buoyed, all races count towards league points.


Race Categories:

200m Open, 1st 2nd 3rd.

200m Plate, 1st 2nd 3rd.

200m Ladies Cup, 1st 2nd 3rd.

200m Juniors, 1st 2nd 3rd.

500m Open, 1st 2nd 3rd.

500m Plate, 1st 2nd 3rd.

2000m Open, 1st 2nd 3rd.

2000m Plate, 1st 2nd 3rd.

Scratch Competition WInner.


Crew Managers:

The crew managers meeting will take place in the bar at 08:45. Racing will commence at 09:30, boat loading for the first race should be at 09:20. Racing is expected to be complete by 17:00.


Tents & Marquees:

These can be erected directly in front of the boathouse shutters. However please keep the public footpath open, this is marked by the change in the concrete blockwork, roughly 5m in front of the shutters. Weights will be required to secure tents/marquees if windy, due to the hardstanding.


Additional Notices:

Please note that there is limited locker storage space within the RTWC for valuables. Paddlers are reminded to take personal responsibility for any valuables that you choose to bring to each event.


More Charity work

May 16, 2016 in Club News by Allyson Butterfield

We continue to help raise money for charity with our first Sport Relief paddlathon.  Local staff from Sainsburys took to the river to paddle thier sport relief mile finishing off with a two boat race.  Everyone had a wonderful time and we will let you know how much money was raised.

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