APCA Dragons

APCA Dragons
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Dragon Boat Season

Hello APCA Dragons & prospective team members!

It's time for Dragon Boating again!

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 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 29 & 30.
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.
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 steering, drummer, logistics manager, equipment manager and photographer/videographer.

Practice Times:
6/03/2017          10:00am-1:00pm
6/10/2017          10:00am-1:00pm
6/17/2017          No Practice
6/24/2017          9:00am-12:00pm
7/01/2017          8:30am-11:00am
7/08/2017          8:30am-11:00am
7/15/2017          7:30am-10:00am
7/22/2017          7:30am-10:30am
Race Times:
Saturday 7/29/17 7:00am - 5:00pm (approximate time frame)
Sunday 7/30/17 7:00am - 4:00pm (approximate time frame)

Fees: (New for this year)
Includes all practices, boot camps, race fee, race, food/water during the race
However, there will be fundraising option if you do not want to do straight payment. (coming soon)
If you volunteer for non-paddling position in addition to paddling then your fee will be waived as well.

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
President, Southern California Chapter


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 May 10 through July 27.

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. You will be also required to sign up for attendance each week to secure your seat.

Recommended- sunscreen (sun protection), sunglass (eye protection), hat (additional sun protection), water (it's a workout), towel (to dry yourself since you'll get wet), credit card (if parking at meter lot), cash/credit card for meals afterwards

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 6/3/17 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 credit card metered parking lot and the parking fee is enforced starting at 10:00am. (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.

Paddlers must be able to attend at least 4 practice sessions beginning June 3 through July 22 (Saturdays) and must attend both full days of the festival on Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30. Paddlers will be asked to sign a waiver. A practice times will varies from 7:30am to 10:00am and end time varies from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Festival times are 7:00am to 5:00pm.

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
President, Southern California Chapter

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