2023 Programs

We’re currently in winter training mode, training independently in the gym and together on Wednesday nights in Burlington.

Paddling begins mid-May with two tracks: Racing and Recreational.

Racing Track
Mon+Weds 6pm.
The focus for this track is competition – each session focuses on technique plus different racing elements and strategy.  Opportunity to also practice on Saturday mornings (see below) if there are open seats.
Tentative Races: Lachine Knockout (6/10/23 Montreal), Montreal Challenge (7/1-7/2/2023 Montreal), US National Championships (7/21-23/2023 Sarasota), Quebec Cup (9/16-9/17 Montreal).

Recreational Track 
Saturdays at 9am starting in June. Focus for these sessions is learning dragon boat technique, getting a workout, and enjoying the lake. Paddlers in these sessions will be a mix of newbies and former team members who are unable to commit to twice-weekly training or racing this season.

Interested in learning more? Attend our Discovery Session at Queen City Brewery on January 12, 6pm, at Queen City Brewery on Pine Street in Burlington. Register here.

Can’t join us on the 12th? Fill out the registration form anyway and we’ll send you the deets!

About Us

Malia (mahl-yuh) is an inclusive community of competitive Vermont dragon boat paddlers—passionate about our sport, our environment, and one another. A culture of teamwork, accountability, and healthy competition is at our core. We believe in being true to yourself and your crew.

Anyone can be an athlete, whether or not you’ve grown up participating in sports or are just discovering them now.

We’re lucky to have coaches who have both paddled with and coached championship teams — from elite club crews in Montreal to Team USA and Team Canada.

We train in both standard (20-paddler) and junior (10-paddler) boats on beautiful, temperamental Lake Champlain.  We race primarily in Montreal, Canada and in the Northeastern USA. Many of us also cross-train on (and race) outrigger canoes (OC1 and OC6).

We work hard and have fun (and winning doesn’t suck)!

Join us!