Paddlers Anonymous (PA) was founded in 2000 by three students from the University of Waterloo.
It was originally created as a way for new friends to have fun and experience the sport of dragon boat racing over the course of one
summer. Since then, PA has grown into a multi-team organisation involving dynamic individuals from various Canadian universities
and the Greater Toronto Area workforce.
The main activities of PA involve introducing people to the sport of dragon boat racing and fundraising for local charities, such as, the
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto and the S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre. Each year, individual teams of PA recruit new paddlers,
participate in regattas (races), and are invited to organise/attend annual club events, like the Winter Retreat and Semi-Formal.
Over the years, Paddlers Anonymous has expanded to five unique teams that catered to the different needs and diverse abilities of its paddlers.
daBoat, entering its 10th season, is a veteran team of dedicated paddlers that appreciate a bit of fun and competition.
In 2001, the Pirates was a team originally made up of students exclusively from UW, and has since rebranded in 2007 as "daPirates" to introduce the sport of dragon boat to a growing number of beginner in Toronto.
The Waterhawks was originally a Waterloo-based student team in 2004, but over the years, has become one of our Toronto-based intermediate teams for young professionals.
daWave (since 2005) is a recreational team started for enthusiastic individuals who have a common interest in getting WET.
Our "Club Crew" team was setup in 2006 as an outlet for dedicated and experienced paddlers. In 2010, we started an alumni team called the paddleBots.
Since 2000, PA has participated at numerous regattas including: Toronto Centre Island (TIDBRF), GWN, Waterloo, Pickering, Guelph, Stratford, Summer Sensation,
Milton, Cambridge, Stouffville, London, Montreal, ECCC in Berlin (Germany), Hamilton, New York, Orlando, and Welland.
Ever since our first practice, we've had a blast, made a splash and found many friends.
We typically start recruiting for the new season around January/February.
If you're interested in joining one of our teams or would like more information about our dragon boat club,
please feel send an email to:
info (-AT-) paddlersanon.com
Contact information is also available if you would like to speak to one of our executives directly.
- Current v3 website designed by Christine Medina (2008)
- daWave logo designed by Alexandra Lee (2005)
- Waterhawks logo designed by Christie Xavier (2004)
- Original Pirates logo designed by Michelle Medina (2001)
- Original and v2 website designed by Philip Lam (2000, 2002)
- PA and daBoat logos designed by Gerard Baron (2000)