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Since 2002, the Friends Abreast has been enjoying the fellowship of paddling regardless of age or physical abilities.



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Shuswap Dragon Boat Society - Friends Abreast

The New Year is shaping up to be a very positive one for our team.  With COVID restrictions easing, we can launch our boat in the Spring at last! Even though getting together has been a challenge, we have been able to get together for a few events. 

March 2022

A book and puzzle sale was held with funds donated to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation’s new mammography unit. The generosity of Salmon Arm citizens helped raise $1196.75.  Our new website has been upgraded and is now up and running. The managers of the website are constantly adding new information, adding new pictures and keeping team members updated on team events.

April 2022
Our Annual General Meeting was held at the Elks Hall. A General Meeting followed with invited guests from Shuswap Association for Rowing and Paddling attending.  We held a Garage Sale at Centenoka Mall donating $1491.10 to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation’s mammography unit.
May 2022
The Shuswap Hospital Foundation held their annual Radiothon at Save On Foods, Salmon Arm. Members of our team volunteered to assist with collecting donations.  Friends Abreast celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a gathering of former and current members as well as noted dignitaries. Visiting and catching up with many friends made the evening a huge success.
Finally our boat is back in the water!! We are off to a good start with a number of new paddlers joining our team.
June 2022
The Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony, complete with ‘dotting of the eye’ by John Howard, husband of Barb Howard a founding member, was held prior to an evening practice.  The Salmon Arm Festival was cancelled.  Organizers decided to hold a Carnation Ceremony on the same date. Survivors and supporters in three boats paddled together across the finish line, carnations were handed out, speeches made and a song played prior to tossing the carnations in to the Lake.
Alexa Robinson is the recipient of our annual $500.00 Friends Abreast - Shuswap Dragon Boat Society Bursary.


Membership Information

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

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


Contact Us:

Shuswap Dragon Boat Society
P.O. Box 1195
Salmon Arm BC V1E 4P3


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