Why do we paddle?

It all started in 1996 when Dr. Don McKenzie a physician at the McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, University of British Columbia, guided a research project. Dr. McKenzie wanted to dispel the myth that women who have undergone breast cancer treatment should refrain from repetitive, upper body exercise for fear of developing chronic lymphadema a permanent and sometimes incapacitating swelling of the arm and chest which can develop anytime after lymph node surgery and radiation treatment is done. Dr. McKenzie’s research has proven him correct. Of the women who took part in this program none of the ladies developed lymphadema. This original group of breast cancer survivors went on to form the Abreast in a Boat team.

Some of us in the Shuswap Dragon Boat Society have been paddling since 2002. Along with our supporter paddlers we have enjoyed great camaraderie, fun and fellowship, with much laughter. Our dream is to encourage others living with breast cancer, to join in this experience. The physical and psychological benefits of paddling are the rewards.

We are looking for Breast Cancer Survivors and supporter paddlers that want to experience dragon boating on the Shuswap. No experience is necessary.

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 registration form.