Becoming an Accredited Sweep 

Steering a dragon boat team can be an incredibly rewarding experience with a 5 stage recognition pathway that recognises a Sweeps ability, knowledge and achievements.  The required achievement level to gain full Sweep accreditation is Level 3.


Pathway to becoming a Level 3 Sweep

  • Level 0 to 1: Entry Level Sweep - under “Direct Supervision” (Mentoring Level 3 Sweep in the boat at all times) until sign off of satisfactory sweeping skill achieved.
  • Level 1 to 2: “Indirect Supervision” (Mentoring Level 3 Sweep in Audible contact) having passed the written and practical assessments
  • Level 2 to 3: Sweep “incident free” at THREE individual racing events with one being a NZDBA Sanctioned Event, TWO of those racing events including the Sanctioned Event must be completed in standard 20 man boats.

For an event that is run OVER TWO or more DAYS, each one of those days constitutes an “event”.


To get started:

  1. Get registered as a sweep.
  2. The Sweep Coordinator will be in touch to buddy you up with a Level 3 Sweep Mentor to show you the ropes and supervise you directly in the boat with your team till you pass your Level 2 practical.
  3. Study and sit your Level 2 theory online (link on the registration form)
  4. Then sweep as often as you can to become proficient.  The more you steer, the better you'll become.  
  5. Get racing.
  6. Enjoy the benefits.


Current ADBA RSO Sweep Coordinator

Alisha Zanetich, development@adba.co.nz

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