Air Ambulance NI Dragon Boat Race

Date: Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September 2024

Location: Bryson LaganSports, Ravenhill Road, Belfast

Will you be victorious on the Lagan?

Take your greatest team to the water to compete to become Dragon Boat racing champions- and help save lives!

This exciting corporate team-building event will see 10 teams race against each other in a time trial (10 in a morning session, 10 in an afternoon session) in authentic dragon boats along the River Lagan, Belfast, with music and food provided.

Each boat holds up to 18 people (12 people minimum) taking to the water to battle it out for the best time while raising vital funds to sustain the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). Registration costs £550 per team which covers the cost of the event management company who will ensure the health and safety of all participants on the water.  Each team is encouraged to raise a minimum of £1500 to help Air Ambulance NI continue to provide critical pre-hospital care.

There’ll be a DJ for the duration of the event, food provided, props for the all-important team photos, trophies up for grabs and lots of fun and competitive games with spot prizes when you’re not on the water.

Time trial – each team has two-timed trials to determine qualifiers for the final.  All skill levels and physiques can paddle, making it the ultimate team building sport or fun day out!  All safety elements are covered with each Dragon boat having at the helm your qualified instructor.

Making the event more fun will be a range of prizes for Best Fancy Dress, Best Team Spirit, Fundraising Champions, and Fastest Team.

This event is kindly sponsored by SPAR.


Key Information for Racers!

Time: Your company can choose to take part in a morning session (from 9.30am-1pm) or an afternoon session (2pm-5.30pm).

Cost: £550 per team (that’s £30.50 per person for a team of 18).

No. of participants in a boat: 12-18 people

Suggested fundraising target: Each team is encouraged to raise £1,500 to keep the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service able to reach critically ill and injured patients to provide urgent pre-hospital care! You can set up a JustGiving page to take online donations by clicking here.

William Guindi, General Manager of Gilfresh Produce commented,

“The Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Dragon Boat Race was a brilliant event. It was a really fun, well organised team building exercise for Gilfresh Produce and it was also a pleasure to be able to support a very worthwhile local charity that is providing such a vital service in our community.”

If you would like more information on the Dragon Boat Race, or to register offline by invoice or cheque please call us on 07718483318  or email  You can also pay your registration fee via Just Giving, please give us a call on the number above to arrange. 


Please note Friday 6th of September is now sold out, we still have places for our afternoon session on Thursday 5th September. 

Please note Friday 6th of September is now sold out.

Photos from the Air Ambulance NI Dragon Boat Race 2023: