Dates & Times
  • Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 November 2024 (7:30am – 5:00pm daily)

Thursday 7 November 2024 – 500m
Friday 8 November 2024 – 200m
Saturday 9 November 2024 – Around the Island (standard boats only) as well as any finals not held Thursday or Friday due to poor weather

Age Requirements
  • Age is determined as at 31 December 2024
  • Minimum age for competition is 40 years
    Drummers may seek compensation for age allowance (12+) – please email your request to
  • Snr A 40+: Open, Mixed and Women in both small and standard
  • Snr 55+: Open, Mixed and Women in both small and standard
  • All Cancer Survivors: Small boat only
  • Paradragons: Small boat only
  • Around the Island: All Divisions – Standard only
    Boats being used are all standard boats (20s) only

Each competitor is required to pay the Games Fee once and then the Sport Fee for each sport in which they register. Non-Playing Officials are not required to pay the Sport Fee.

Paddlers, drummers and steerers are all classified as competitors.

Sport Fee: 

  • $75 per person

Games Fee: 

  • Competitor:
    Early bird $130 (1 March – 31 May 2024)
    Saver $145 (1 June – 31 August 2024)
    Standard $155 (from 1 September 2024)
  • Non-Playing Official: $95

Payment processing fee: 1.4% (incl GST)
Account2Account (select Australian banks – no fee)

Entries Close
  • Team entries close: Friday 25 October 2024 (11:59pm AEST)
  • Individual entries into existing teams close: Sunday 3 November 2024 (11:59pm AEST)

Gold Coast Dragon Boat Club

Calm waters and stunning scenery make Lake Orr one of the finest places to dragon boat race on the Gold Coast. The 80-hectare man-made lake attracts water sport enthusiasts from around the world and is located a stone’s throw away from the bustling Market Square in Varsity Lakes.


Sports House
337 Christine Avenue
Varsity Lakes, QLD 4227

Additional Information
  • Each crew is required to have a team manager who will register your crew name via the team manager portal prior to any competitor registrations.
  • Once the crew is created, team managers can register competitors via the team manager portal or individuals can register themselves via the Competitor Entry Form.
  • A crew consists of no more than 26 (Standard) and 14 (Small) competitors.
  • Mixed divisions are as per CR2.1.3 of the AusDBF Competition Rules and Rules of Racing (please see the AusDBF website) which state a minimum 8 paddlers to a maximum of 10 paddlers of either gender (excludes drummer and steerer) to a minimum of 18 paddlers (refer rule CR3.1)
  • A crew list for EVERY crew must be submitted to the Dragon Boat organisers via email by no later than 11:59pm Sunday 3 November 2024. NB. Minor changes can be made the morning of each day up to one hour prior to the first race of the day. These minor changes will be made at Race Administration to the crew list you had already submitted.
  • To enter the ‘All Cancer Survivors’ category, all your paddlers, drummer and steerer must be a survivor of cancer. This category will only proceed if there are at least 4 entries. Depending on the number of males in an All Cancer Survivor’s crew, handicaps will be given.
  • Race Distances:  200m, 500m and Around the Island (approx 4.8 kms).
  • Information bulletins (including race draw changes) will be issued up until Tuesday 5 November 2024.
  • All competitors are to be a Financial Member of either their State or International Dragon Boat body. If you are not a member of your State or International body, please email with a copy of your insurance held with another paddling sport that covers the competing in a dragon boat.
  • If you are not a member of any State or International body, insurance for the event must be purchased prior to entering and a copy provided. ONE OFF INSURANCE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HOST.
  • International Crews – please email a copy of confirmation that your paddlers are members of your International Dragon Boat body eg NZDBA
  • For a category to run, at least 4 entries (minimal entries) must be received. Should only 3 entries be received, races will only be available if the program permits.
  • It is strongly encouraged that you do not book flights home from the Gold Coast any earlier than 7pm Saturday 9 November 2024. This way you will not miss any racing should there be any delays. Having said that, the Games Closing Ceremony is held that Saturday evening so you may like to book your flights for Sunday (no early flights if you are planning a big night).
Rules & Judiciary Procedures

Dragon Boat Enquiries
Janine Lette
Gold Coast Dragons
Phone:  +61 411 286 868

Event Enquiries
Pan Pacific Masters Games
Phone:+61 7 5668 9888


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