After having paddled in a dragon boat for some time and learning more about this fascinating, yet relatively new team sport, we decided to set up a business dedicated to introducing and marketing products and services for paddle sports. That is how Ocean Five LP came to life in the first quarter of 2010.
We, that is three partners in Ocean Five. All three of us are presently active paddlers with different levels of experience who have at least one thing in common – we love paddling and everything that comes with it! And we are what is, at least in Singapore, commonly known as “A-boat paddlers”.
Azhar, a Singaporean, has the most years of paddling under his belt and is on top of that a certified coach and an excellent cox. He brings in a wealth of experience from many races and events and truly is what you would call an “old hand” at dragon boat paddling. Latest achievement: he qualified and paddled at the 2010 Club Crew World Championship in Macau!
Berry, a German national, has not paddled that many years with expatriate teams in Singapore, but at his age of 55 as a present A-boat paddler he is living proof that you don't have to be below 30 years of age to pull it off – it is all about seriously wanting it and putting in the effort to stay fit, while constantly trying to improve further. He is also the driving force behind the business of Ocean Five.
Catherine, a Chinese Malaysian and Singapore PR, has paddled for some years with 3 different expatriate teams in Singapore. A strong paddler herself, she has also been in charge of the women paddlers in one of the teams that she paddled with and got them to win a medal in the National Women's Championship at the Singapore Dragon Boat Regatta 2010. She can tell pretty much on the spot, if a “newbie” has the potential to be trained and nurtured into a future serious paddler or not. She knows and delivers first hand, what it takes.
Since every partner in Ocean Five has been an active paddler for some time, we have a bit of an idea as to what many paddlers may want or need – be that outfits, equipment, accessories or services. However, we can't (and don't claim to) know it all. That is why we are eager and grateful for any suggestions, ideas, feedback and comments from you – paddler or not.
Currently we are working on bringing some products to life that you will hopefully like. If you do, tell other paddlers – if you don't, tell us.
You can contact us from this website or, if you are in Singapore, talk to anyone of us at training or at any race event or wherever we may run into each other – after all, paddling comes with a very active social life and lot's of parties too!
Enjoy browsing this website, stay fit and healthy, have fun and keep your edge!
Your Ocean Five Team