World Beat Dragon Boat Club

Join the World Beat Dragon Boat Paddling Club.

Welcome to the World Beat Dragon Boat Club!

Paddles up! The World Beat Dragon Boat Club is accepting new paddlers, no experience necessary. It is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Willamette River, get a great workout and meet some really fun people.

if you'd like to join a team, or just want to go out and test the waters (sorry), we'd be happy to have you! You do not need to be a member of an existing team to join. Individuals are welcome, and we’ll assign you to a team based on your availability and team need. There are three seasons:  Spring (April-June), Summer (July-Sept) and Fall (Oct). Hope to see you on the water! 

If you are interested in starting your own team or joining an existing team, contact our office at 503.581.2004 or

Everything You Need!

Ready to get started?

The resources below have information on what to expect from paddling with a club. If you're ready to start, please fill out the waiver and bring it to your first practice.

Looking for information specifically about the World Beat Festival Races? Click here!

Club WaiverGuest WaiverSafety GuidelinesMember AgreementPractice Schedule - TBA

Click here to pay registration fees online!

Queens Dragon Riders

The Queens Dragon Riders is Salem, Oregon’s first recreational Dragon Boat team. It was founded in 2005 and represents Salem’s own Willamette Queen Sternwheeler. We are a competitive mixed paddling team formed in the spirit of comradery, hard work, fun and paddling as one. Our practices focus on technique, speed, endurance and power while maintaining synchronization to move our boat forward as efficiently as possible.  We have a core group of experienced members and ALWAYS welcome new paddlers who are looking for a fun and competitive experience. We are QDR.

We are mana (strong).

For more info contact

The Unsinkables

The Unsinkables are Salem's first Cancer Survivor's Dragon Boat team, paddling with the World Beat Dragon Boat Club. The team is comprised of paddlers who are Cancer Survivors and those who have supported close family members/friends who have been through the journey of cancer treatments.  We make up a close knit group of women who paddle for Health, Healing, and Hope. 

The team started in the Spring of 2015 with support from our friends from the Angry Unicorns, Pink Phoenix, Staying Alive, and Flying Monkeys! Through the past three years, the team went from one race and exhibition competition to attending four festivals, including international races in Victoria and Naniamo, BC. Many of our paddlers also participated with other teams in the Rose Festival races, the Seattle Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Sammamish, WA and the Dragon Boats in the Wallawas.

We are always adding paddlers who want to paddle for fun, for race prep, or for just the community experience the team provides.

For more information contact us on: 

Highland roosters

The Highland Roosters are a mixed recreational team dedicated to not taking ourselves too seriously. We may not win every race, but we win in the fun category every time! And hey, winning is fun too.

Our team is a bunch of unique individuals that have found an accepting, fun and open community to embrace our quirky and sometimes irreverent selves. We work hard at fostering a friendly and fun culture. We've fully embraced our Highland style. Green Argyle socks. Kilts on race day. William Wallace style face paint.

We practice in Salem March -September.
Find more info at

Angry Unicorns

The Angry Unicorns are Salem's First women's team with over 8 years of paddling experience. 

We're a fun group of women from all walks of life and all ages, who support each other and enjoy the exercise and community that Dragon Boating provides. Each year we welcome more new paddlers, come check us out!

We also welcome men for practice paddles during the off season.