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SDBA Helm Accreditation Course

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).

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.

The candidate must ably demonstrate the following drills in the practical test: Click here to download Practical Test Requirements

Post COVID19 period, the SCH Helm will be required to convert their SCH to full accreditation Basic Helm License (BHL)

The following are the scheduled course date for the year:
S/N Date Remarks Application Form
1 TBC Full Helm Accreditation Course

  • Session 1 Theory & Practical –
  • Session 2 Theory & Practical –
2 TBC Full Helm Accreditation Course

  • Session 1 Theory & Practical –
  • Session 2 Theory & Practical –

An overview and the workings of the Scheme will be introduced in the workshop, inclusive of a short-written assessment and a practical test in water on the same day unless otherwise indicated.

Course Fees : $321.00 (Inclusive of 7% GST)
Venue : Kallang Water Sports Centre, 10 Stadium Lane

Please note that slots will be filled on a first come first served basisDO NOT make payment together with your application. SDBA will inform successful applicants to make payment by a specific date.

You may contact Mr Lim Wee Kok via email @ admin@sdba.org.sg or Ms Sharon Ng @ sharon.ng@sdba.org.sg for clarification.