APCA Dragons

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sign up for 2016 APCA Dragons dragon boat team

Hello APCA Dragons & prospective team members!

It's time for Dragon Boating!

We would like to get count of people who can participate this year so I am sending this out to folks on my list before I send it out as company-wide distribution.  (I also have general info for our new paddlers below)

Please email team captain (Thomas Yoo) at apcadragonboat@yahoo.com if you can make it to our practices and races for this year.

If you are AT&T employees then please sign-up through AT&T Volunteer Match site. 

Most important date to remember is the race day July 30 & 31, 2016.

You MUST be available for both full days.

You do not have to attend all practices but strongly encouraged.

All beginners are strongly encouraged to attend first and/or second practice session to learn the basics and come early so you can find the parking and meet location.

Also, if you want to participate in APCA Dragons but don't want to paddle then we do have non-paddling position for you, such as drummer, logistics manager, equipment manager and photographer/videographer.

Practice Times:

6/04/2016          10:00am-1:00pm (beginners)

6/11/2016          10:00am-1:00pm (beginners)

6/18/2016          10:20am-12:40pm

6/25/2016          10:20am-12:40pm

7/02/2016          No Practice

7/09/2016          10:30am-12:40pm

7/16/2016          10:30am-12:40pm

7/23/2016          10:30am-1:20pm

Race Times:

Saturday 7/30/2016 7:00am - 5:00pm (approximate time frame)

Sunday   7/31/2016 7:00am - 4:00pm (approximate time frame)

Please contact me if you have any questions and look for latest info in our blog http://apcadragons.blogspot.com, Facebook: APCA Dragons and on Twitter: APCA_Dragons.

Also, if you are receiving this email and you want to be off this distribution list then please let me know.

Thank you.

Thomas Yoo
APCA Dragon Boat Team
Mobile 949-874-8088
Office 714-247-0583

Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement
Southern California Chapter Board
APCA Dragons Captain & Coach


Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition that is popular internationally to this day. It involves keen coordination, focus, and strength.

Join the APCA Dragon Boat team for fun, health, and networking because Your Health Matters. We are looking for paddlers and hospitality crew from June 4 through July 31, 2016.

For additional information, contact team captain/coach, Thomas Yoo at apcadragonboat@yahoo.com. We will provide PFD (lifejacket) and a paddle but we do recommend getting your own PFD if possible. Paddlers usually wear swimsuit underneath their regular clothes but any workout clothes that can get wet is fine. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

We will only have limited practices for the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival (http://www.lbdragonboat.com/) so I hope you can make to all practices plus both race days. This will be fun & exciting opportunity if you haven't experienced the race before.

Items to bring for practice:
Required- Signed SCDBC Waiver form (I will bring some extra at practice). This is required before you get on the boat.  This can be downloaded from http://www.lbdragonboat.com/forms.php Festival Participant Waiver Form.

Recommended- sunscreen (sun protection), sunglasses (eye protection), hat (additional sun protection), water (it's a workout), towel (to dry yourself since you'll get wet), quarters (if parking at meter lot)

Optional- folding chair (if you want comfortable place to sit), change of clothes (if you want to get out of wet clothes), sandals/aqua shoes (some folks like it barefoot, other sandals, I like the aqua socks), snacks (especially if you didn't have time for breakfast), water gloves (it's nice to have them to grab on to the paddle)

Where to meet:
Our first practice for the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival race will be on Saturday 6/4/2016 Time: 10:00am at the Mother Beach/Marine Park, Long Beach. When using your GPS, type-in 5739 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803, which is about, where the entrance to the meter parking is. This is metered parking lot and the parking fee is enforced starting at 8:00am. (15 min = 25 cents) There is also free parking area which is linked below on Google map along with our meet location at the park. This is roughly our meet spot at the park on page 1. Free parking area (Boy Scout Parking) is shown on page 2: click here.

More Info:
Paddlers must be able to attend at least 4 practice sessions beginning June 4 through July 23, 2016 (Saturdays) and MUST attend both full days of the festival on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31, 2016. Paddlers will be asked to sign a waiver. A practice time varies. Normal start time is between 10:00am to 10:30am and end time is between 12:40pm to 1:40pm. Festival times are between 7:00am to 5:00pm.

After all practices, some team members go to lunch at the local pub K.C. Branaghan’s at 5734 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA which is in walking distance.  We like to support them since they support us.

After certain practices, we’ll have boot camp type of workout session to be announce later.

Practices, boot camp, and workout home work will all be counted toward “point” to win the participation award to be awarded at the race.

I recommend that new paddler come on time so that we can go over the dragon boat basics. You can also follow us on Facebook APCA Dragons and/or twitter @APCA_Dragons and/or blog at http://apcadragons.blogspot.com/

Thank you and let's have fun!

We hope to see you out on the water.

Thomas Yoo
APCA Dragon Boat Team
Mobile 949-874-8088
Office 714-247-0583

Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement
Southern California Chapter Board
APCA Dragons Captain & Coach

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