Mailing Address:
Shuswap Dragon Boat Society
P.O. Box 1195
Salmon Arm, B.C.
V1E 4P3


Executive 2019-20

We welcome new paddlers – survivors and supporters alike. No experience necessary – we will teach you to paddle.

President - Janet Ferns
Vice President - Linda Fraser
Secretary - Pat Nicholls
Treasurer - Liz Burdeniuk
Past President - Barb Puetz

- Gaye Clapperton
- Kim Gotell
- Krista Kenney
- Audrey Spiller
- Margaret Hinchliff



Many thanks to our coaches, Audrey Spiller and Ramona Delaney, for your innovative, dedicated coaching. We look forward to your new coaching techniques next season!

To our steerspersons, Byril Kurtz and Kevin Clapperton, whose support and dedication are always welcome, a huge ‘Thank you’!Dragon Boat Drummer

If you are interested in joining the Shuswap Dragon Boat Society, either as a Paddling Team Member or Friend of the Boat, please complete our membership application and waiver form and review our safety guidelines.

For more information about dragon boating with Friends Abreast, please contact


Our Friends Abreast Dragon Boat team formed in 2002. We were the first dragon boat team on the Shuswap. Our team is made up of breast cancer survivors and supporters.

We participate in dragon boat festivals in B.C. We support the Canadian Cancer Society.

Our team members also participate in other related activities such as Relay for Life and Curl for Cancer. Our goal is to support breast cancer survivors, promote health and wellness and create awareness of breast cancer in our communities.


2011 Team Picture


Team Song!

Our team song that adds power to our practice sessions - please click here to view a copy.

Shuswap Dragon Boat Society Safety Guidelines

These guidelines have been developed for the Shuswap Dragon Boat Society (SDBS) for use on Shuswap Lake, however, they are also applicable to any lake or river where the SDBS (Friends Abreast) team is on the water. Read the guidelines here.