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dragon-logoWelcome to Abreast In A Boat

We are a group of women from Vancouver, Canada and the surrounding metropolitan area, who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. We are a living symbol of hope and a vivid demonstration that there is life after diagnosis. Through the strenuous demands of dragon boat paddling we have learned that we can push the limits of our physical endurance and have fun doing it.


About Us

“The Originals” (pictured above) had no idea of the future impact they would have when they began their Lymphedmea Study in 1996 under Dr. Don Mckenzie. Learn More +


Join Abreast In A Boat

Are you a breast cancer survivor looking for a new adventure and an opportunity to discover your full potential? Then join fellow survivors in Abreast In A Boat (AIAB). Read more +


Regatta & Events Calendar

Keep up-to-date with the latest calendar events to check out the upcoming regattas, training clinics and other events for the 2019 season. View calendar +

Donate to AIAB

Abreast In A Boat Society uses its donations to fund the dragon boat crews, and to provide education in the fight against breast cancer.

“Dr. Don McKenzie, founder of Abreast In A Boat, being presented with a cheque for our $50,000 donation to the UBC Cancer Gym, to support new breast cancer research focus. AIAB 2018 Board members, Left to right, Betty Yu-Membership, Eydie Walls-Sponsorship, Peggy Bellerive-Vice President, Cathy Marr-Membership, Dr. Don, Heather Trenholm-President, Alison Thompson-Treasurer, Judith Manns-Regatta, Debbie Murphy-Sponsorship, Rhona Charron-Regatta, Yvonne Stich-Secretary”.

Featured Article

AIAB’s Adriana Bartoli once again organized a very successful South American outreach — this time to Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, running from 2-7 October 2018. Other members of AIAB who joined the outreach were Judy Crumlin and Dolly Devi from Abreast in Alder Bay, and Bessy Bueso, Elisabeth Villeneuve and Carol McKay from Abreast Deas Divas. There were also 25 other veteran International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission (IBCPC) paddlers…

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Abreast In A Boat relies on the kindness and generosity of individual donors and corporate sponsors to help us to continue paddling. Learn More +

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