CDBA Safety and Steering

CDBA provides a very comprehensive safety program and encourages as many members as possible to take the Safety training even if you are not interested in steering. It is the coaches’ responsibility to supervise and sponsor each candidate who will move on to take the Steering Practical Test, thus every coach is to complete Safety Classroom.

Team captains and coaches are responsible for the preparation of their candidates to demonstrate that they can safely and effectively navigate a dragon boat in the safety classroom and the steering practicals.

Beginning in 2015, CDBA is rolling out a two stage safety training. An online book knowledge exam and an applied safety/decision making Safety Classroom. All CDBA members are encouraged to take the CDBA Online Safety Exam. More information can be found in the 2015 CDBA Safety manual.


Beginning in 2015, CDBA is rolling out a two tier steering certification to enhance. Each tier has a different practical exam associated with it. Tier 1 is a prerequisite for Tier 2. More information can be found in the 2015 CDBA Safety manual.
Tier 1 certification certifies a steersperson to steer at practice
Tier 2 certification certifies a steersperson to steer at races

For CDBA members to signup for a Steering Classroom or Steering Practical), the Team Coach/Captain/Manager/POC must login to the Team Captain area and signup their candidates. Safety and Steering program is free for all CDBA members.

Times and locations of Safety Classroom and Steering Practicals are TBD, but typically in San Francisco. For questions on availability, time and location please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Non CDBA Safety and Steering training
To signup non-CDBA members for the Steering Class or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Members and $50 for non members.

Prerequisites For Steering Certification:
For CDBA members
- Must have a current online waiver and if under age 18, must also have a signed CDBA waiver.
- Attend and pass Safety Classroom and Steering Practical.
More information can be found in the CDBA Safety manualCDBA Safety manual.

Dragon Boat Safety Resources

CDBA:

o    CDBA Safety manual
     -    Recent substantive changes in the safety manual are indicated byt boxed text
o    CDBA Online Safety Exam
o    JLAC Safety Manual

Safety awareness, weather and environmental conditions, and other applicable safety materials:
        o    Boating
               o    http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Pubs/Abc/ABCFull.pdf
                 http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/AssetManager/2013RecBoatingStats.pdf
        o    PFD
               -    http://www.usps.org/eddept/files/other_20_handout.pdf
        o    Cold Water
               -    http://coldwaterbootcampusa.org/
               -    http://coldwaterbootcampusa.org/1_10_1.shtml
        o    SCDBC (capsize video, gate start, etc.)
               -    http://vimeo.com/user17806596/videos

Weather and Environmental conditions tracking websites:
        o    http://www.weather.gov/
        o    BIAC
               -    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.21302&lat=37.50733
               -    http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/redwood_city
               -    http://tidesonline.nos.noaa.gov/plotcomp.shtml?station_info=9414523+Redwood+City,+CA
        o    JLAC
               -    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.80436786600046&lon=-122.27079956499972&site=all&smap=1#.VL3ookfF-So
               -    http://ca.usharbors.com/monthly-tides/California-San%20Francisco%20Bay/Oakland%20Inner%20Harbor
        o    Lake Merced
        o    Lake Vasona
               -    http://alert.valleywater.org/rgi.php
        o    Other
               -    http://www.tidegraph.com/
               -    https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea