Revived from the distracting divas of the water in Homer's The Odyssey, this group of determined women is entering its fourteenth season of paddling. We are committed to reaching out to local women in the Tri-County area who are interested in staying healthy and strong and wanting to be a part of a team environment and sport that builds strong bodies and minds. Our training includes both group and individual land programs, as well as paddling on the Cooper River.

In 2005, the River Sirens won the Novice Women's Challenge at the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival. It was our first race ever, as a team. We returned to the festival the next year, to win the Women's Challenge by an enormous margin!

Year after year, the team has been developing and growing and successfully competing along the way. This past year, the River Sirens participated in the Eastern Regional Dragon Boat Competition, earning a silver medal in the Women's Senior A Division.

The crew is trained by a Coaching Team of Joanne Hoffmann and Wendy Schwartz, both highly skilled and seasoned dragon boating veterans. Both coaches have participated in and completed Canadian Dragon Boat Coaching I & II Level Coaching Courses. 

In 2015, The River Sirens wanted to share their passion of the sport with the community. On July 18, 2015 the inaugural Cooper River Dragon Boat Festival was born! The next festival will take place on July 25, 2020!

​Want to give dragon boating a try?


We are the only competitive dragon boat team on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey (so you don't have to travel into Philly!) and we are always looking for new members.

If you are an active woman looking to participate in a competitive sport in a respectful and supportive environment contact us for more information. We will teach you everything you need to know and we will provide to you all of the equipment you will need!​ Come and get out on the water with us and you will enjoy the thrill and excitement of Dragon Boating! Click on the button below to contact us and we can get you more information.