About our group and membership

Group history

Dragon Boats on Loch Ken was formed in 2013 with the express aim of providing regular Dragon Boat paddling sessions on Loch Ken for people wishing to take up a recreational sport to help rebuild their health after illness. Having been set up by three women who had themselves recovered from breast cancer, the charity was set up primarily to ensure that the offer of Dragon Boating was available to people in the locality recovering from cancer, or other illness who are seeking to regain their health whilst having fun in a safe and friendly environment. This offer extends to anyone over 12 years old who regardless of physical ability, would like to take up a new interest and improve their health. In 2015, the charity broadened its focus to include ALL people over the age of 12.


Membership in 2023 was made up of 28 people with a further 74 occasional paddlers. Members/ paddlers attend as and when they wish without obligation. The membership itself is made up of Committee members and members. Members are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of running the club and more experienced members mentor visitors and new members. Members are also invited to join the AGM which normally takes place at the end of the season.

Membership costs £35 per season and members are able to join as many sessions as they wish across the season for no additional charge.

If you would like to become a member, please contact [email protected].

Donations and funding

If you would like to make a donation towards the operation of Dragon Boats on Loch Ken you can do so via this link – Dragon Boats on Loch Ken Fundraising | Easyfundraising

We have also been grateful to receive funding and support from:

Blackcraig Windfarm, New Galloway and Kells Community Council, Balmaclellan CC, Parton CC, Dalry CC and the Glenkens Charity Shop.