The Bay Area Dragon Boat Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and our primary focus is dragon boat paddling and racing. Our racing team is known as the Bay Area Dragons (a.k.a. BAD). We have some of the most experienced dragon boat paddlers in Northern California. Formed in 1996, the Bay Area Dragon Boat Foundation provides coaching, steering, and general support for our members and local teams. Our organization is run by 100% volunteers. BAD is a member of the Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA) and we have competed internationally representing the United States.

Interested in a team building event for your company or organization? We will spend 1.5 hours teaching up to 20 people per boat how to dragon boat race. All equipment is provided including the boat, paddles, and life jackets. We encourage 2 teams so you can have mini races against each other. Contact us a for more details.

Help keep the club going by donating. Your contributions is 100% tax deductible (Tax ID 94-3308173).

Click here to donate to BAD.

In addition to competing in the local races in San Francisco Bay Area, we travel to races in other US cities, Canada, and internationally.  BAD has participated in races in Long Beach, Phoenix, Portland, New York City, Vancouver, Montreal,  and other North American destinations.  In 2000, BAD took its racing crew to Germany and we represented the United States in the World Club Crew Championships in 2002 in Rome, Italy and in 2008 in Penang, Malaysia.

BAD members organize social events beyond paddling – BBQs, dinner parties, ballroom dancing, clubbing, kayak trips, bowling, broom ball, indoor rock-climbing, laser tag, and much more.  You name it, we have done it!

BAD has a great winning record – our Mixed, Men’s, and Women’s teams are all multiple trophy winners in local and road trip races.

BAD Goals

  • Promote the 2,400 year-old sport of Dragon Boat Racing.
  • Race around the world and be great ambassadors for the Bay Area.
  • Have fun
  • Win races

BAD was featured on Bay Area Backroads in 2003.

BAD is the founder of the Paddle For Life charity dragon boat event to help fight against cancer.