Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to know how to row a boat and/or swim?

No experience is necessary! Your team will sign up for an hour-long practice session the week before the event where 22Dragons (the dragon boat experts) will offer training and answer any questions.

Do I bring my own boat?

22Dragons provides the boat, oars, life jackets and any other items needed for the race.

Can I enter with my own boat?

To keep the race fair and competitive, we will only be using boats provided by 22Dragons.

Do I need a team to sign up?

No. You can register as an individual and we will add you to a team.

My children are younger than 12, but very good swimmers. Can they participate?

Not in the boat, but they can cheer for your team at the sidelines and will also be able to participate in the other festival activities.

Who will steer the boat?

An experienced staff member from 22Dragons will steer the boat.

What happens if my boat tips over?

There will be safety boats ready and waiting to assist in any way possible.

Will I have to sign a waiver to participate?

Yes. This is an “at your own risk” event.

Why do I have to raise another $800 when I’m already spending $1,700 on a boat?

This event is a fundraiser for KANDU’s mission. Each boat has a particular cost charged to KANDU by 22Dragons. We ask each team to raise another $800 making it a fun, team building challenge.

How many times will I race?

This will depend upon the number of boats entered and how many heats are required. At the beginning of the race, boats are chosen randomly to race against each other. Each heat will determine the different levels of teams making the last race exciting and challenging. Teams are guaranteed one practice and at least 2 races on event day.

What if we don’t have enough rowers for our boat on event day?

This is why we strongly recommend securing back-up team members. This also allows for rest for any fatigued team member or if participants simply want to sit one out.

There are no refunds.

What is the VIP Experience?

VIP members (teams who raise $800 or more) can visit the VIP tent providing drinks, buffet style foods, comfy furniture and great hospitality.

What should I wear in the boat?

Each team member will be supplied a life jacket, but the rest is up to you and your team!

You’ll be in a canoe-shaped boat, so be ready to get a little wet!

Have fun with your attire! Teams are encouraged to sport matching or themed shirts, outfits, hats, etc. Remember, your drummer will be judged on the originality of their attire/costume during the drum competition, so get creative!

Will food be provided?

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to each team member. There will also be food vendors open throughout the day.

What is the Drum Competition?

Drummers will be judged on their drumming routine and costume/attire based on their team’s theme. Here’s an example!

Are the boats wheelchair accessible?

Only if you are able to row and transfer in and out of the boat without the use of adaptive equipment.

How do I sign up as a festival vendor?

Please call (608) 755-4123 x751.

Who determines the winners and what do we win?

22Dragons monitors the finish line and will determine the winners!

Each team member will receive a medal and unlimited bragging rights! The winners will be featured on KANDU’s website, Facebook page and local media! The winners will also get the opportunity to come back and defend their title the following year for a discounted rate!

My company wants to sponsor a boat, but we are a small business with not enough employees to fill the boat. What do you suggest?

Anyone can participate in your team. You can ask family members, friends, other companies, etc. Your team can consist of anyone you’d like as long as they are over the age of 12.

KANDU will accept single entries for a boat, but will look for team captains to assemble a 21 person team (counting the drummer).

What is the team captain’s role?

A team captain is the backbone of the team. They recruit team members, inspire the team to work together and coordinate each team member’s fundraising accomplishments.

The team captain also appoints the drummer. The drummer should have an exuberant personality with great energy! They are the one who keeps the team in sync.

Additional questions not seen here? Call (608) 755-4123 x751