Dragon Boat paddling for Breast Cancer survivors.

The well documented, therapeutic effects of Post trauma recovery through the Dragonboat paddling action are showcased in this article: http://www.machesticdragons.org/article2.html

For exactly 20 years this year, Dragon Boat paddling for Breast Cancer survivors [BCS] has changed the way Breast Cancer Survivors have both thrived and survived pre and post trauma.

Through a large body of quantifiable evidence and experience Dragon Boat Paddling as a sport and activity has reduced the rate of recidivism and increased the quality of life of Survivors. The social support group dynamic that accompanies this sport is also part of the tapestry of this revolution.

Dragon boat paddling by its very nature has 6 x components that allow these well documented improvements to take place.


  • Resistive
  • Repetitive
  • Upper body focused
  • High Activity
  • Intensive
  • Psychosocial

In order to sustain an promote wellness, recovery and survival for Breast Cancer survivors, exercise needs to be maintained as a life style component.
Due to cold climates, dark nights, lack of access and the challenge of conflicting schedules it can be a particular challenge to maintain Dragon boating on repetitive, consistent and ongoing basis.
The KayakPro BCS Dragon boat ergometer is the one specific exercise tool to replicate Dragon Boat paddling precisely. With this variable resistance product, Breast Cancer Survivors are able to continue their exercise regimen 12 x months from how or from their club all year long.

The concept to "paddle for life" is not a slogan but a reality.

Users of the BCS D1-M Ergometer:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System - La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • The University of British Columbia- Vancouver, BC
  • Team Survivors - Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Empire State Paddlers - NY, NY
  • Donegal Dragons - Donegal, Ireland
  • Dragon Dream Team - Ohio
  • Dragon Heart - Burlington, Vermont
  • Against the Wind -Philadelphia, PA
  • Indy Survive Oars - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tsunami Dragon Boat - Oak Harbor, Wa.
  • Dragon Max - Berkeley, California
  • Box County Dragon Boat - New Hope, Pennsylvania
  • Knot A Breast - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

"Without a doubt, the KayakPro MultiStroke Ergometer is the best tool to motivate a paddler through winter climates
such as we have in much of Canada. It faithfully reproduces and effectively mimics the sport we love."
- Kamini Jain, Canadian Team Coach, Premier Mixed Team

"As one of Canada's premier national women's coaches, I can say that the D1-M erg was an indispensable tool for dry-land testing in helping select athletes for the national team. Furthermore, the ability to provide individual feedback, which does not happen in a dragon boat, is of huge value in developing elite level dragon boaters. And of course its benefits as a coaching tool for both physical training, and being able to stand beside an athlete and teach them movements are obvious!"
- Matt Smith, Canadian Premier National Coach

"I am very proud of the continued tradition of excellent results for Canada at the IDBF worlds...
the use of KayakPro Ergometers played an important part in our Team’s athlete preparation and testing"
- Jim Farintosh, Canadian Team Coach, 1995-2011