December 14, 2017:
Our next Urban Hike will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. This time, David will take you through some of the hills of San Francisco: Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill. An email was sent out on the 12th with all the details.
November 22, 2017:
October 21, 2017:
October 14, 2017:
September 24, 2017:
September 1, 2017: Team Updates
August 22, 2017: Our next Urban Hike will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm. This walk will explore the Potrero Hill and Mission Bay neighborhoods in San Francisco. Check the August 21 team email for detailed information.
August 17, 2017: OPD, let's get ready for the 22nd Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival on September 23 and 24, 2017 at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Sign up now to secure your spot; an email to the team was sent out today. If you did not receive the email, please let us know.
July 31, 2017: CONGRATS to the entire team for earning GOLD, and to the Tiger Sharks for earning SILVER at the Long Beach Festival this past weekend. Way to go ! August 17, 2017: Tiger Sharks and Parents, just a reminder about the team meeting at Oyster Point this coming Saturday at 9 am. We need to make an important decision; so, please be present. Information about the meeting was sent out via email on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
July 21, 2017: Long Beach Race: Good Luck to our Long Beach racers. A logistics email was sent out to all racers on July 21, 2017. Please keep the email handy for pertinent race information. If you have not received this communication, please contact us as soon as possible.
Urban Hike: Our next Urban Hike will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm. This walk will explore Visitacion Valley, McLaren Park, and the Excelsior District in San Francisco. Check the July 15th team email for detailed information.
Practice Updates: As a reminder, there will be no practice on Saturday, July 29; Sunday, July 30; and Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Regular practice will resume on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
South San Francisco Parks & Rec: Dragon Boating for Beginners, Session II, will start on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10:45 am to noon for four consecutive Saturdays through August 26, 2017.
July 1, 2017: OPD Travelers, welcome back from Vancouver and Victoria. It was tons of fun and excitement! And of course, CONGRATULATIONS to our Tiger Sharks for bringing home GOLD! It was indeed a tough 2-day competition in Vancouver but hard work paid off again. Despite the lack of sleep, the heat, and the skipped lunches with back to back races for all of us, Tiger Sharks pulled it off with a breath-taking strategic surge through the finish line, winning gold by a dragon hair. It was such a proud and joyous moment for the racers to receive the gold medals, which made the rest of the trip all the more enjoyable. Let's all keep up the tough training for the upcoming races.
In that spirit, we are holding an additional Independence Day practice on Tuesday, July 4th from 9 to 11 am. Please be on time; weather permitting, we plan to leave the sea wall as soon as possible.
June 8, 2017 Updates:
June 3, 2017: Next Urban Hike: Duboce Triangle, Corona Heights, and Upper Market in San Francisco on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm. A communication was sent out on June 2nd; check it out for meeting place and details on the hike.
May 22, 2017: CDBA announced today that its 14th Annual Sprint Race will be held at Seaplane Lagoon in Alameda on Sunday, July 9, 2017. As notified via email, our training will henceforth be focused on sprint and strength training.
May 7, 2017: Congratulations to the entire OPD Family for a great racing day yesterday. Yes, OPD Efishent, OPD Blowfish, Mussel Masters, OPD Women, and OPD Men, we all paddled hard and strong. Despite the cold and windy weather and all the shivering, we all hung in there and took home a bronze medal in the Competitive B Division. What a nice way to end the day! Congratulations also to all the new paddlers who experienced racing for the first time, especially the new Tiger Sharks. A special thank-you to our Captain, to the coaches, the steers, the drummers, and all the volunteers who made that day special and fun! Thank you for the great food!
April 20, 2017: Training Intensity - All Oysters and Squids, we are stepping up the training to prepare for the first race of the season at Lake Merced on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The coaches will start dividing the boats based on race grid. All Lake Merced racers are encouraged to come to all Saturday and Sunday practices to build up strength and coordination with teammates. Our focus will be on race pieces and endurance training.
Mussel Masters have extended practice sessions. Please check the extended hours above in the "Practice Updates" section.
Tiger Sharks - The Long Beach travel meeting with parents will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 10:15 am - 11:30 am after practice. More detailed information will be sent directly to students and parents via email.
March 29, 2017: Urban Hike Update - Now that we are done with the rainy season, the Mount Davidson hike is back on. Let's get out and enjoy some rays! New date and time: Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm. A communication was sent out on March 27; check it out for meeting place and details on the hike.
March 20, 2017: Safety Training at Rossi Pool - Thank you for participating in yesterday's Safety Training at Rossi Pool. Thank you, Rob, for lending us your boat. It was indeed an exciting and fun session. Lessons learned: stay calm, find your paddling partner, swim quickly to the boat as a team, and exit the water quickly. As also demonstrated, a snug-fitting PFD is very important. Last but not least, learning how to handle a throw-rope is critical in reaching a paddler in distress. The well-deserved post-training team picnic was also fun and relaxing. A big Thank-You to all the volunteers and to the Rossi Pool Staff.
OPD welcomes the Tiger Sharks - We are excited to embark on the 2017 season with a new class of young paddlers. Let's train hard and have fun. Long Beach, here we come!
March 12, 2017: Safety Training at Rossi Pool - This exciting and fun training will be held this coming Sunday, March 19th followed by a team picnic for all participants and family members. A communication was sent out on March 8th with detailed information and an RSVP link. If you have not done so yet, please RSVP so we have a good head count for the food.
Masters' Kick-off Dinner - As a reminder, the kick-off dinner meeting for the Masters' Paddling Program will be held at 6 pm on Friday, March 24th. An RSVP link and details on the event were sent out on March 8th. Join us for a fun and informative session.
March 4, 2017: Urban Hike Update - Due to rain and slippery trails, the Mount Davidson hike is cancelled and will be rescheduled. Watch your emails for the new date.
February 26, 2017: Urban Hike Program - We are kicking off our 2017 Urban Hike Program on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm. We are doing a repeat of Mount Davidson but adding St. Francis Wood. An email was sent out on February 25th with details on meet-up location and time, and rsvp information. Thank you, David!
February 7, 2017: Another exciting season starts this Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9 am. A big welcome to all returning members, new paddlers, and guests. Make sure you submit your waiver by clicking on the waiver icon above so we can all participate in the land warm-up and hear important announcements prior to hopping on the boats for our very first practice of the season. An email communication went out today with additional details and other exciting news. If you need to edit your waiver information after submission, the form at the end will provide you with an "Edit" link; so, there is no need to submit another form. A BIG thank-you to all the volunteers who worked hard during the off-season to prepare for this new season: boat maintenance crew; shed and PFD cleaning, etc.
January 11, 2017: The 2017 waiver form is now available. You can submit yours now in anticipation of the season kick-off on Saturday, February 11, 2017. If you need to edit your information after submission, the form at the end will provide you with an "Edit" link; so, there is no need to submit another form.
December 15, 2016: Information was sent via email on the New Year's Day Bay cruise hosted by Bill and Casey. Please RSVP accordingly.
November 28, 2016: OPD is currently in off-season for boat maintenance. As previously announced, we need to maintain our health through a balanced and healthy lifestyle in order to take care of our body and refresh our spirit. So, let's keep Healthy Living in the forefront during the off-season, which will bring increased energy into the next paddling season.
To close its 2016 season, OPD welcomed team members from Frisco Bay Volleyball (Frisco) on Sunday, November 27. Frisco is dedicated in the development and training of Junior Olympic athletes, and shares the same teamwork values with OPD. It was a wonderful and fun event for everyone. See photos on the side.
November 19, 2016: A few words of gratitude and reflection...
As we close this night ... Wow, what a night it was as we celebrated yet another successful year of paddling and healthy living! Thank you and Congratulations to the entire OPD Family for a wonderful, memorable, and fun celebration. Reflecting on the team's accomplishments throughout this year and already planning on 2017 events brought a lot of joy into everyone's heart.
Check out our 'Practice Updates' box above; we've added some bonus paddling sessions before we close out the 2016 season and embark on the start of the holiday season.
The off-season is also a time for us to pull our boats into dry dock for maintenance. Healthy Living, however, does not need to be pulled into dry dock but continues on and on. As beautifully put in French: "Il faut garder une hygiene de vie saine et équilibrée afin d'entretenir notre corps et aérer notre esprit," which simply means "we need to maintain our health through a balanced and healthy lifestyle in order to take care of our body and refresh our spirit."
So, let's keep our Healthy Living in the forefront during the off-season, which will bring increased energy into the next paddling season. In addition, let's all feel and express gratitude for our daily blessings, which is part of our Healthy Living and which contributes to personal happiness. Let's not wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful but instead continue to have a 'Be-Thankful-Every-Single-Day' mind. Let's also remember to never take anyone or anything for granted; 'ephemeral' comes to mind. As we've traveled the world and learned about some countries where our fellow paddlers have to go way above and beyond to "make and stay on a team" in order the enjoy the benefits of paddling and competing around the world, we on the other hand, are fortunate and blessed to have resources and choices.
Congratulations on choosing to be healthy and let's continue paddling for health!
November 12, 2016: End-of-Season Celebration Reminder – Get ready for our End-of-season Celebration next Saturday, November 19th at 6 pm. Details were sent via email on November 5th.
November 1, 2016:
New Website – Welcome to OPD’s newly redesigned website. The main changes are:
If you have suggestions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be adding new features to the extent possible; we currently have access to limited functionalities. For example, although the mobile version of this site will contain all the information shown in the desktop version, the sequence and arrangement of information may be scattered due to limited flexibility. We plan to expand to a larger plan next year.
End of Daylight Savings Time – Sunday, November 6 is the end of Daylight Savings Time. Remember to adjust your clock back by an hour. It's also a perfect reminder to check or replace your home fire alarm batteries.
Final Paddling Month – Our last practice for the 2016 season will be on Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day from 9 am to 11 am, before we all embark on the start of the holiday season. It's also a time to reflect on our team and on your own accomplishments throughout this year and be thankful for all the blessings. Remember to never take anyone or anything for granted.
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