PADDLING MORATORIUM - March, 2021 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Wasabi’s paddling moratorium for dragon boats and OC6 paddling remains in effect until further notice. 

Our Club small boats, OC1/OC2's, are available for Wasabi members with current huli tests and the successful completion of the OC1/OC2 certification course.  Users must be on the small boat TeamSNAP roster or participate with their team’s coached event, and follow Wasabi’s Small Boat Safety and Weather Guidelines.

Use of OC2s for all Club members is limited to household members, defined as people living under the same roof and/or people sharing intimate contact. Masks are required by both paddlers while out on the Club OC2s.

During this moratorium, there is NO access to the temporary boathouses (OMSI Building C, the Portland Boathouse or the Bruun Building) Club dragon boats or OC6's.  Exceptions exist for teams in charge of boat bailing and for the use of our Club OC1/OC2’s.  Boat bailers are allowed to retrieve supplies from OMSI Building C.  They will practice enhanced safety precautions, including wearing gloves and the wearing of personal PFDs.  Everyone must follow 6’ social distancing requirements.  Members accessing the Club OC1/OC2’s at Ivon St, must follow all enhanced safety precautions for sanitizing the OC’s and follow State guidelines for occupancy at the site.

Any questions can be directed to Wasabi Safety Officers: Jay Marshall ( and KJ Jackson (

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Wasabi Paddling Club

Wasabi Paddling Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the participation in, and promotion of, the National and International amateur sports of Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe racing. Our Charter includes assisting novice through experienced paddlers in our community. The Club goal is to develop strong, competitive teams through sponsoring and coaching.

Club Mission Statement

We have a team for you!

The Wasabi Paddling Club is Portland's largest dragon boat and outrigger canoe Club. Founded in 1993, it now has over 300 active members.

We own 10-person and 20-person dragon boats, 6-person outrigger canoes, and our small boat OC1 and OC2’s.  Our facility is located under the Marquam Bridge (near OMSI) on the east bank of the Willamette River.

Our paddlers come from all ages and stages of life. Our teams are comprised of all abilities and physical fitness levels.  There is a team for everyone, from the novice paddler who is just learning the basics, to the most competitive athlete who races at international venues around the world.

Wasabi teams range from recreational to competitive, including specialized teams like our High School team, Kraken.  We also have our Wasabi Special Dragons, our Visually Impaired Paddlers (Team VIP), and Wasabi Team SOAR, our women's cancer survivor and supporter team.  At Nehalem Bay, we have our dragon boat team, the Tide Runners.

We are an inclusive Club welcoming all paddlers.  Regardless of your age, experience, or gender identity, we all have one thing in common, we find great joy in being on the water with one another.

Wasabi Club Affiliations

International Dragon Boat Federation

International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)

Pacific Dragon Boat Association, USA

Pacific Dragon Boat Association (PDBA)

Pacific Northwest, Outrigger Canoe Association

Pacific Northwest Outrigger Racing Association (PNWORCA)

United States Dragon Boat Federation

United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF)

Portland Boathouse

Portland Boathouse

Portland River Center




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