SDBA conducts a few sessions of SDBA Helm Accreditation Scheme in a year.
The purpose of this Scheme is not to train helms but to accredit helms who have demonstrated a level of capabilities and having able to competently helm a crew. The training of helms is the responsibility of the respective affiliates.
All candidates applying for the SDBA Helm Accreditation Scheme must:
Be proficient in paddling in a dragon boat with a minimum of one (1) year paddling experience;
Must have a basic helming skill and knowledge, within minimum of one (1) year practice in helming a dragon boat with their respective teams;
Required to submit a valid First Aid Certificate (which includes CPR and AED component) upon successful completion of the Accreditation scheme; and
Be able to swim a minimum 50m distance (in any swimming technique) in light clothing with and without a Personal Floatation Device (PFD).
THE SMALL CREW HELM ACCREDITATION SCHEME :
During COVID19 Reopening Phase period, the size of dragon boat crew is reduced:-
DB12 – only 4 Paddlers + 1 Helm OR 4 Paddlers + 1 Helm + 1 Coach
DB22 – only 8 Paddlers + 1 Helm OR 8 Paddlers + 1 Coach-cum-Helm
To meet COVID19 control measures, SDBA has introduced the Small Crew Basic Helm scheme (SCH). SCH will permit Helms to control the COVID19 period sized boats.
SCH is valid throughout the government announced COVID19 Reopening Phase period.