The Oakland Renegades dragon boat team took to the water to practice on Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Behind them are Tristin Johnson, of San Jose, and Brian Lavelle, of Oakland. The team practices on Wednesday from 5:45-7p.m. and Saturday from 10:15 a.m. -12 p.m. No experience is necessary, and participants will receive coaching in the 2000-year-old sport of dragon boat racing. The trial paddle is free, and there's a modest fee for those interested in joining the team. Paddles and lifejackets are provided. Fore more info, go to oaklandrenegades.org.