The activities will be fully managed to incorporate an event manager who will be on site to set up the equipment well in advance of the teams’ arrival. We always begin our activities with an ice breaker activity as we’ve found it helps get people ‘into the mood’ and also allows an opportunity to divide the group into their teams. The teams can either be selected randomly by us or by you prior to the event.
All the necessary Event Industry Health & Safety Standards are adhered to, should you wish to proceed with the event I would be happy to send you a copy of our Public Liability Insurance and Risk Assessment.
Dragon Boat Racing The teams will paddle what looks like an oversized canoe with an ornately carved dragons head at the front and a tail at the rear. A drum is positioned at the front with a drummer furiously banging the drum to keep the rest of the crew in time. A helms person (provided by us) steers the boat from the rear and helps to co-ordinate the team’s efforts so that they are all paddling at the same speed. Dragon boating is not only an exhilarating and enjoyable sport but also an excellent exercise in teambuilding. It is essential for dragon boat teams to work together; making use of each member’s individual strengths in order to ensure that their team delivers the best possible performance in their races. The winning team will be the team that successfully works together; communicating with each other, with the help of the drummer, to ensure that they work as a unified team.
A maximum of 11 crew members will be in the boat at one time. The boats accommodate teams of 10 paddlers, 1 drummer and a helm (the minimum number in a boat is 6 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 helm).
Nautical Treasure Hunt We suggest that your party of guests be divided into teams, each with their own self – drive diesel – fuelled boat. Armed with the clues and all necessary information, the teams will use their boat to get to and from the clue points. Part of the time will be spent on the River, and part in the town of Henley on Thames. All necessary information and paperwork is provided and a final winning determined. The event will last for 2-3 hours depending on how quick the teams are in solving the clues!!
Raft Building Each team is given a selection of materials; plastic barrels, poles and of course the all important rope, so once they are happy with the design of their raft building can commence! The rafts must be strong enough to carry a team of 4 paddlers round a designated course. Once building is complete the additional team members need to be on hand to assist the paddlers with launching their raft and help with the recovery of the raft (hopefully still in one piece) when they return to the shore. All team members then help dismantle the raft before racing across the finish line. To ensure safety whilst on the water the teams will be equipped with buoyancy aids, helmets and of course paddles to speed their progress around the course.
Multi-Boat Regatta A multi-boat regatta is a popular choice as it allows participants to be involved in a range of water activities. Guests are divided into teams of a maximum of 10 and each team then sub-divides as 6 people are needed for the rowing (3 per boat consisting of 2 rowers and a Cox) and 4 to paddle the canoes (2 per canoe).
The rowing boats and canoes race in a series of knockout heats respectively. This is then followed by two semi-finals and a final for each discipline. Once these races are finished the teams then re-group and all pile in to Dragon Boats to start the final section of the days racing. For the big finale the qualifying teams from the heats race for victory in the grand Dragon Boat final!