A 10 or 20 seater dragon canoe boat is used in the sport depending upon the format of the competiton with a dragon head on the front side of the boat. The paddlers stoke in the rhythm of the drummer with a one bladed paddle.
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The drum beats produced by the drummer are termed as the "heartbeat" of the dragon boat racing. The drummer drives the paddlers throughout the race by using the rhythmic drum beat to symbolize the synchronicity and frequency of all the paddlers' strokes.