Notice from Public Utilities Board

Dear Affiliates and Dragon Boat Enthusiasts:

We have received feedback from members of the public & the Public Utilities Board (PUB) that dragon boaters have been seen continuing their water activities and going out in the water in Marina Reservoir when lightning is present. Please note that your members/affiliates are exposed to the lightning risk which is life threatening. Safety is the utmost importance when conducting activities in the Reservoirs. We would like to remind all Affiliates to ensure that your crew members follow and comply with the safety requirement when there is lightning alert so as to enhance their safety.

Hence, in consultation with PUB, the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) will implement the following guidelines to enhance safety during water activities at all Reservoirs with effect from 1st February 2011.

To ensure that the Coaches/Steersmen are able to guide the dragon boaters to safety when there is lightning risk, we would like to request them to do the following:

  1. Carry a whistle when practicing or competing in the Reservoirs.
  2. Subscribe to the weather forecast service under the National Environmental Agency (NEA) Meteorological (MET) Services at
  3. Carry mobile phones with them during their water activities so that they can get advance notice on approaching lighting and thunder storms.

The SDBA & the PUB will enforce these rules by conducting random periodic checks on all dragon boats within the Reservoir areas.

The SDBA would therefore like to inform all our affiliates and dragon boat enthusiasts to strictly abide by these new guidelines. These are in the best interests of your safety and it is urgent that all of us abide by them.

A feasible checking system will be introduced later to ensure that all steersmen/coaches adhere to the rules. Representatives from the SDBA will visit the dragon boat teams during their activities to facilitate this implementation.

For enquiry, please feel free to contact us by email at

We thank you for your support.

Singapore Dragon
Boat Association
founded 1987

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