WHO WE ARE:
CCDB is a 501 (c) (3) corporation whose vision is to Bring communities together through Dragon Boating. Our special focus is those affected by cancer. . OUR GOAL IS TO INCLUDE ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY CANCER - SURVIVORS AND SUPPORTERS. OUR PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE GROUP EXERCISE AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY CANCER. DRAGON BOATING FOSTERS BOTH EXERCISE AND SUPPORT.
Strive for peace & compassion
Enhance our friendship
Out smart cancer
Achieve our goals
Race to the line
In 2007, Leslyn Keith, OT, was treating a patient who had seen a news clip about breast cancer survivors and dragon boating. Leslyn brought the idea to a core group of people: one with non-profit knowledge, one with physical therapy background and one with a boat. Each recruited, encouraged, organized and did what it took to have a dragon boat team on the central coast. A local oncologist donated money for us to purchase our own boat, and about a year later an original paddler bequeathed us an amount to purchase a second boat. With the generosity of a local marina, we found convenient and free dockage. In 2014, after having been programs of two different non-profits, Enhancement Inc., and Team Survivor, we became our own non-profit called Central Coast Dragon Boat Association.
We've been to clinics and festivals to make us competitive, safe and knowledgeable in the dragon boating world. We organize special paddles to the back bay, to recruit more paddlers, to fundraise, to stamp out polio, to listen to music, to show appreciation and to celebrate survivorship. We evolve to fit the needs of those affected by cancer. We come in all shapes and sizes. We race, train, steer or Zen out 5 times per week (check out our schedule under events and schedules). We are 75+ paddlers strong, and we enjoy all aspects of the sport, being on the water and mostly being with each other.