Proceeds from Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival is for the benefit of Gulf Cost Kid’s House.

Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County. As a children’s advocacy center, we combine all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families also receive mental health counseling at our center. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so that we can improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families we serve.

The Opening Ceremony will be held on September 8, 2018 at the Bayview Park at 8AM. Races are to start at 9AM and finish at 5PM Awards Ceremony will take place immediately after the last race.

Registration for a team of 20 paddlers, drummer and plus alternates include:
• A full day of team-building fun, on and off the water.
• Equipment supplied (paddles, life jackets, dragon boat vessel — properties of the Dragon boat company.
• On-site paddle training and safety review from Dragon Boat Company before the race.
• Participation in three or more races.
• Each team receives a 10’x10’ tent space in the Athlete’s Village at Bayview Park
• Qualified experienced steerer from the Dragon boat company
• And to the fun-loving winners — awards!

Dragon Boats will be available starting the 3rd of September. All team’s captains please contact Tracy Day, our team coordinator, at 850-380-5855 or email to schedule a practice time. Practices will include the basics of paddling and racing.

Each team will have the opportunity to have (2) Two Practices – (1) One Hour per Session with a professional steers person. Scheduling will be first come, first served. Please schedule with the team. Begininng at 4PM on Monday and 8AM – 6PM Tuesday – Friday.

Food vendors and beer will be available for sale. No alcohol may be brought in to the Athlete’s Village.

Teams should decide on a “Team Theme” which would include team costumes and tent decorations.

Teams are encouraged to help in the fundraising on behalf of Gulf Coast Kid’s House. There is room for 40 teams in this year race. To guarantee a spot for the 2018 Festival, a Registration Fee of $500 is required.

Teams through their own competitive fundraising efforts can pay the balance of their Registration Fee at

Initial or full payment at time of registration can be made online.

All fees must be paid in full by the Captain’s Meeting scheduled for the 29th of August 2018.

Failure to pay the full registration fee and provide complete liability waiver by all team members will result in a forfeiture of all previously paid fees.

Mailing address for forms and payments by check
PDBF, PO Box 10697 Pensacola, FL 32504
Phone: 251-970-0553

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Team Captain meeting on August 29, 2018.

Practice Dates

  • Practice 9/3, 4pm-6pm
  • Practice 9/4-9/7,  7am-6pm