Cleveland Dragon Boat Association

Team Practice, Corporate Outing Facility

The Cleveland Dragon Boat Association (CDBA) owns and operates three dragon boats on the Cuyahoga River. We are located at Rivergate Park, 1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113. Rivergate Park is another gem in the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace that provides the only public access to the river's federal commercial navigation channel.

Active members of CDBA volunteer their efforts to benefit families and individuals of all ages, as well as the business, civic and not-for-profit organizations in Northeast Ohio. Throughout the paddling season, CDBA and Cleveland Metroparks provide a variety of teambuilding and recreational program activities to the Greater Cleveland community. To inquire about starting a team or to schedule an outing for your business or organization, email us at You can also call us at 440-399-7373. Use the Team Contacts below for joining an existing team.

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Sign the Waiver

Everyone, new and Returning Paddlers: we need you to sign a Waiver (PDF) for this year. Bring it to your first practice OR sign and email it to Rad Schneider, Board President, OR just fill it out here:

Just a Taste: Learn To Paddle

New paddlers are invited to Merwins Wharf for an introduction to Dragon Boating. Contact any team captain - ahead of time via email or in person at the dock! You will need to sign a Waiver (see above). The first time is free, and only $5 per session after.

Per Session Fee $5

Team / Session (Example: Learn To Paddle / June 3)

We've Got You Hooked: Workout with a Team

2018 CDBA Season Pass $75

Checkout the Teams and practice times below to use your season pass for invigorating workouts with any team. (Think of how swoll you could get!) To be sure of a seat with your team or on another team's boat, be sure to email the team contact for seat availability. Sync your Google Calendar with CBDA's to keep up with schedule changes as they are reported. Either a season pass ($75) or per session fee ($5) can be used for team workouts.

2018 Team Registration

Contact a team to join. Want to start a team? Email us at or call us at 440-399-7373.

Team Captain(s) Contact Practice Day/Time
The Gathering Place Dragonflies (BCS) Beth Roth Beth Bennett: Wed 6-8pm
The Gathering Place Dragonflys Support Beth Roth Beth Bennett: Wed 6-8pm
Team Panda Wing Chan Wing Chan: TBD
Metroparks Emerald Dragons Starr Kelly and Stacey Panteck Starr Kelly: or Stacey Panteck: Thurs 5:45-7:00pm
Cleveland Dragons Laura McFadden Laura McFadden: Thurs 6-7pm
Rockwell Automation Biman Ghosh Biman Ghosh: Sun 2:30-3:30pm
Dragon Slayers Jessica Fleming Jessica Fleming: Sun 12:30-2:30pm
Draggin' Warriors Dr. Robert Cain Robert Cainn: Sun 4-5pm
Heartland Community Church Dr. Robert Cain Robert Cainn: Sun 4-5pm
Spinning Dragons Lisa Horne Lisa Horne: TBD
Rubber City Racers 2017 Cuyahoga Cup Champions
Rubber City Racers - 2017 Cuyahoga Cup Champions

2018 Festival Registration

The 2018 Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, August 11 in Lorain, Ohio at Black River Landing. Registration deadline: *EXTENDED!* August 1st, 2018. Late registration? Contact us at

Community/BCS Team $850

Team, Contact, Phone

Corporate Team $1,000

Team, Contact, Phone





Championship Race
Ranking Team Division Final Times
GOLD Team Panda Mixed 02:05.69
SILVER Raiders of the Lost Paddle (CSA) Mixed 02:06.76
BRONZE Emerald Dragons (Cleveland Metroparks) Mixed 02:10.91
FOURTH Blazing Paddles Mixed 02:15.26

Congratulations to the Dragon Dream Team, champions of the BCS division.



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Ranking Team Division Final Times
Gold Dragon Dream Team BCS 02:27.664
Silver Mov'n Dragons BCS 02:33.303
Bronze The Gathering Place DragonFlys BCS 02:42.659
GOLD Team Panda Mixed 02:17.020
SILVER Blazing Paddles Mixed 02:21.074
BRONZE CSA Raiders of the Lost Paddle Mixed 02:24.210
FOURTH Emerald Dragons (Cleveland Metroparks) Mixed 02:24.277

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