The safety of club members has been our priority.  For this reason, the club developed a set of policies and procedures governing the return to paddling during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our operational aim is to safely ramp up activity using local, state and CDC guidelines.

For further information on our COVID-19 Safety Policy, Documents and Incident Reports, see the COVID-19 menu tab




On and Off the Water

Portland, Oregon - Nehalem Bay, Oregon

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.  Wasabi is a member of the Portland Boathouse.  We are located (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.

Club Affiliations

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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