Festival Registration

Register a Team  

Working together to paddle takes a great deal of collaboration with fellow teammates, making dragon boating a great team-building activity. It is no wonder that the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival attracts so many workplaces, charities, as well as groups of friends, year after year!  

We look forward to welcoming back new and returning teams. Teams are often looking for individual paddlers to join them, so there is no reason to miss out. We will work to have you matched with a team seeking additional paddlers! 

Important Deadlines 

Registration for the Festival is as follows:

  • April 1 to April 30- Early Bird Registration
  • May 1 to July 31 - Regular Registration 
  • August 1 - All Team Rosters Finalized*
  • August 12 - Team Captain Meeting at Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch - Angus Ross Meeting Room. 6:30pm- 7:30pm. 

Early Bird Registration

Teams can take advantage of Early Bird savings until April 30, 2024. A fun incentive for Early Bird teams this year, generously provided by Tim Hortons, is a contest to win “The Ultimate Tim Hortons Coffee Break"! All teams who have their initial team registration information and team fee payment complete during the Early Bird registration window will be entered into a random draw to win The Ultimate Tim Hortons Coffee Break for their entire team!*

*This prize is divided amongst one team participating in the 2024 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, a value of $30.00/paddler to a maximum of 26 paddlers. Winning team will be chosen at random.

Important Documents

2024 Rules and Regulations 

2024 Water Safety Plan

Team Registration Information

Step 1: Registration & Team Fee Payment:

The Team Captain is the only team member that needs to register your team, by completing the Electronic Team Registration Form below.

2024 Electronic Team Registration Form **FULL for 2024

Payment of team fee is required to secure your team's spot. A member of our event team will confirm this upon acceptance of your registration. To complete your registration, please arrange with event staff your preferred method of payment - credit or cheque. 

  • Credit Card Payment: Call 705-728-1010 ext. 2212; please mention your team name upon payment. 
  • Cheque Payment: Cheques can be made payable to Barrie Public Library. Please include 'BDBF Registration - TEAM NAME' in the memo field.

    Mail cheque to: 
    Barrie Public Library
    c/o Dragon Boat Festival
    60 Worsley Street
    Barrie, ON L4M 1L6

Early Bird Pricing (Register and pay team fee between April 1 to April 30): $1000 registration team fee 

Regular Season Pricing (Register and pay team fee between May 1 to July 31): $1200 registration team fee 

Step 2: Build Your Team Roster & Complete Waivers:

It is the Team Captain's responsibility to create, maintain and submit the Team Roster no later than August 1 to the Event Office. Using the forms below, please print, complete and submit ONE Team Roster, along with the corresponding Participant Waivers for each paddler, drummer and steersperson on your team. 

2024 Team Roster Form 

2024 Participant Waiver Form 

Roster Requirements: 

  • Festival day roster allows for up to 26 team members 
  • Minimum team roster on race day is 16 paddlers, and 1 drummer 
  • Teams registered for the festival must have a minimum8 paddlers identifying as female 
  • Teams may provide own steersperson. Captains please indicate on Team Registration Form  
  • Teams MUST identify one paddler as drummer for festival day 

All participants must: 

  • Be 14 years of age or older to participate  
  • Be available festival day: Saturday, August 17th (first race called by 7:15am) 
  • Be listed on the Team Roster with a completed waiver
  • *Signature of parent/guardian required if under 18 years old 

Step 3: Fundraise for Charity of Choice!

All teams participating in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival must pledge to fundraise a minimum of $500 for the charity of their choice, in addition to paying a registration team fee. The total amount of funds raised by the team can be reported to event staff upon check-in on event day.

Step 4: Arrange Summer Practice Sessions *Optional:

Optional Summer Practice season runs June – August *weather permitting. The Team Captain decides and communicates if and how many practices your team will have. Additional costs do apply. Please visit Summer Practice Season for more information.

Step 5: Prepare for Event Day!

The Team Captain or Co-Captain is encouraged to attend the Team Captain's Meeting on August 12th as an opportunity to ask questions and meet fellow Captains participating in this year's event. Please take time to review the list of Awards, Challenge Cups & Community Awards as well as the Schedule of Events to see what is taking place throughout the event!

On Event Day, the Team Captain is responsible for checking in at the Registration Desk beginning at 6:30am. Additionally, the Team Captain or Co-Captain is to attend the Captain's Meeting with Alkame at 7:00am to clarify rules and regulations as well as an opportunity to ask race course questions prior to the first heat.

Each team will have one 10x10 space to set-up. Please arrange for your team tent!

This event does not have food vendors onsite. Please ensure your team plans accordingly to pack what they need for the day, including a refillable water bottle that can be used at our water refill station.

Have questions?

If you have any questions about the registration process or registering a team, please feel free to contact us at: dragonboat@barrielibrary.ca.

Paddler Registration

Participating on a Team

If you are participating in this year's Barrie Dragon Boat Festival please:

  • Ensure your Team Captain lists your name and position on the Team Roster
  • Return a Completed Participant Waiver to your Team Captain
  • Direct questions to your Team Captain regarding Summer Practice Sessions and Event Day

Individual Paddler Looking to join a Team

If you do not have a team, but want to join one that may be looking for extra paddlers please email event staff at dragonboat@barrielibrary.ca with the subject "Join a Team".

Team Captain Checklist

Congratulations on being appointed as Team Captain! The Team Captain will remain as the primary contact between event staff and your team. At any point, please contact us should you have a question or require assistance.

Team Captain Checklist:

  1. Read carefully, the event Rules & Regulations and Water Safety Plan. (You'll want to review this with your team as well)
  2. Review the Team Registration Section above and complete all steps as outlined for your team.
  3. Consider adding on Summer Practice Sessions and/or Hiring a Coach to practice before the Festival.
  4. Lead the Fundraising Pledge of $500+ for the Charity of Choice! Be prepared to share your total amount of funds raised upon check-in on event day. (Barrie Public Library does NOT collect funds for other charities, please donate directly to your charity of choice.) 
  5. Attend Team Captain's Meeting - August 12 at Barrie Public Library (Downtown) 6:30pm to 7:30pm 
  6. Review List of Awards, Challenge Cups & Community Awards 
  7. Review the Schedule of Events to see what is taking place throughout the event!

On Festival Day:

  1. Please check in at Team Registration starting at 6:30am. (Team Captain or Co-Captain ONLY)
  2. Attend Team Captains Meeting with Alkame at 7:00am. (Team Captain or Co-Captain ONLY)
  3. Each team will have one 10x10 space to set-up. Please bring your team tent!


2024 Teams Participating

Please join us in welcoming the many teams participating in this year's event!

  1. Candlelighters Courageous Cancer Kids (Candlelighters Simcoe Parents of Children with Cancer)
  2. Hospice Simcoe Hurricanes (Hospice Simcoe)
  3. Barrie Ultimate (Sports Team/ Group of Friends)
  4. Dragon Tales (Barrie Public Library)
  5. Simcoe Sizzlers (County of Simcoe)
  6. Bartimaeus Survivors (Bartimaeus)
  7. Barrie's Ribbons of Hope (Breast Cancer Survivor Group)
  8. PaddleAvengers (Dragon Boat Barrie)
  9. PaddleStrong (Dragon Boat Barrie)
  10. That's What She Said (Dragon Boat Barrie)
  11. Haliburton Highlands Paddlers (Group of Friends)
  12. RTX Elcan (Workplace/Group of Friends)
  13. Blue Lightning (Barrie Police Service)
  14. Morning Jo Marauders (Group of Friends)
  15. Dragonets (Group of Friends)
  16. Redwood Park Communities (Workplace/Group of Friends)
  17. Collingwood Sidelaunchers Huronic (Sports Team/ Group of Friends)
  18. SOB Dragons (Sports Team/Group of Friends)
  19. Hatching A Dragon (HATCH Workplace Team)
  20. Powell Jones' Paddlers (Powell Jones LLP)
  21. Honda - Team 1 (Honda of Canada Mfg.)
  22. Honda - Team 2 (Honda of Canada Mfg.)
  23. Honda - Team BRG (Honda of Canada Mfg.)
  24. Loose Cannons (Group of Friends)
  25. The Moore Dragonslayers (Moore Packaging Corp.)
  26. Sizzlers Team (County of Simcoe)
  27. Wild River rangers (CFB Borden)
  29. Chicks Ahoy (Sports Team/Group of Friends)
  30. Lightning Sharks (CFB Borden)
  31. RCSU Sea Serpents (CFB Borden)
  32. Paddle Pirates (CFB Borden)
  33. Catulpa (Catulpa Community Support Services)
  34. Barrie Dragon Warriors (City of Barrie)
  35. York Torque (The Regional Municipality of York)