Paddlers for Life Windermere

Registered Charity No. 1121539

Paddling, thriving and surviving…after cancer

Wake up with a smile and go after life….live it, enjoy it, feel it, paddle for life.

Please join us for …

Keeping fit, having fun and making new friends in beautiful surroundings.
We serve cancer survivors and their families and friends from Cumbria and Lancashire.

Why dragon boat paddling?

In Canada in 1996 Dr. Don McKenzie formed the first breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat team to test the effects of strenuous upper body exercise on lymphoedema and general well-being. The positive results of his research sparked the start of the breast cancer survivors paddling movement and today there are over 200 teams paddling worldwide.


Our mission statement.

To relieve sickness and protect and preserve good health for persons facing cancer, in particular but not exclusively breast cancer, or persons in need of rehabilitation as a result of such illness, within Cumbria and Lancashire, by providing or assisting in the provision for physical activity and recreation, notably dragon boating.

Our members are people who have been treated for cancer, most often breast cancer, or family members and friends or other supporters. We paddle dragon boats on Windermere at Low Wood Bay near Ambleside in Cumbria, UK. This exercise helps health and wellbeing both during and after treatment and also ameliorates some of the effects of treatment such as lymphoedema and tiredness. The friendship, shared experience and team spirit of paddling can be extremely supportive after a cancer diagnosis.

Our aims.

To promote awareness and education.

To demonstrate people can still lead a full and active life despite breast cancer.

To provide support and fellowship to those who want to participate.