Paddling Program

Breast Cancer patients and survivors are encouraged to join the Hope Chest Team, comprised of women of various ages and athletic abilities who are enthusiastically participating in the sport of dragon boating. Paddling has proven to be an effective form of exercise for breast cancer survivors. Hope Chest paddling program is focused on building upper body strength and improving range of motion by engaging in repetitive and non-weight-bearing exercise. Our team paddles two to three times per week on the Buffalo River during the May to September season and participates currently in Dragon Boat Festivals in Canada and the US East Coast. Click here to download brochure.

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No one is expected to know how to paddle when becoming a member. To participate in paddling, each team member is required to attend twelve exercise sessions in the “off season”. Our classes are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of breast cancer survivors. Sessions last about one hour and include an aerobic warm-up, strength training, Pilates, Yoga, stretching and relaxation. No prior exercise experience is needed. Click here for more information on class times and locations.

Before starting Hope Chest’s free exercise and paddling programs, it is very important to discuss and receive approval from your physician. Click here to download the Hope Chest Medical Release Form. After your physician has completed and signed the form, present the form to the class instructor at your first exercise session and start to enjoy the many benefits of our unique programs.

 Additionally, you are required to complete the following medical forms:

A dedicated coach will instruct new members how to paddle and experienced members how to improve. Each session will focus on paddling skills, building strength, endurance and synchronization. The sessions will enable the team to partake in competitive international races and host the Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival which is held in the Buffalo Harbor in June.