Washington Dragon Boat Association

The Washington Dragon Boat Association was formed in 2004 by a group of individuals who were looking for a recreational paddling experience that also offered opportunities to race in a variety of dragon boat races. The organization and its members own four, 20 paddler Swift Dragon boats and one, 10 paddler Swift Dragon boat, affectionately called “the baby boat!”


WDBA is a non-profit (501 c 3) organization headquartered in Tacoma.  Our mission is to promote local, regional, national and international amateur dragon boating participation and competition.  In celebration of the cultural diversity of Washington and the Pacific Northwest, WDBA presents and participates in other activities that foster community involvement and cross cultural awareness and understanding.

The Washington Dragon Boat Association is a member of the Pacific Dragon Boat Association a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote the sport of dragon boat racing and foster national and international dragon boat competition. As a member of PDBA we are then a part of the United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF) representing the Western region of the United States.


  • Sheila Marsh, President
  • Robin Sylva, Vice-President
  • Shelagh Taylor, Secretary
  • Sue Wahlberg, Treasurer
  • Members-at-Large: Steve Silva, Sonja Johnston, Terry Wilmer


  • Steve Silva – Safety Officer