2017 will be the 7th year of operation of the Irish Dragon Boat Association and it is now time that clubs are capable of helming themselves. For all regattas in 2017, the established dragon boat clubs will have to have their own helms, we will still however supply pool helms for the novice teams.
Helms must have an IDBF Crew Helm certificate and must have current IDBA membership in place which validates the qualification.
If you are running with a crew of female paddlers, then the helm and drummer must also be female. These IDBF rules have been in operation for many years now, but here in Ireland we have allowed male helms and drummers on female boats to encourage the development of the sport. We are now at that point of critical mass where the sport here is sufficiently developed to honour these rules.