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ADVENTURES ON THE RIVER

Looking for a great way for your camp or youth group to spend the day? Bring them to the Riverfront for a fun and challenging day on the Connecticut River.  Wilderness Experiences Unlimited and Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club are teaming up to offer action packed full and half day programs which introduce youth to a variety of challenging activities focused on adventure, teamwork, and stewardship of the river.

Group Outings & Field Trips

Our one day programs are designed to be completely customizable to fit the needs of your group.  Rowing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, biking, dragon boating, and community service projects are all available for your group to explore.  Whatever adventures you chose, your campers will walk away with a whole new view of the city and the beautiful resource that runs through it. Ages 8 - 18

 

All campers/students are required to turn in a PVRC waiver.

 

Full Day Sample Schedule (can be customize to fit your time frame)

9:00-9:30 Arrival & introduction & Safety Talk

9:30-10:45 Activity block 1

10:45-12:00 Activity block 2

12:00-12:30 Lunch Break (refrigerator is provided for bagged lunches)

12:30-1:45 Activity Block 3

1:45-3:00 Activity Block 4

 

Scheduling a Trip:

Outings can be scheduled Monday-Friday between 8:30am-3pm

The following weeks are available for booking during the summer

June 30 - July 3

July 14 - July 18

July 28 - August 1

August 11 - August 15

Spring & Fall: Please contact us directly as dates and times are limited

 

Group Pricing:

Based on 5 to 12 participants

Full Day $525,  Half Day  $325

$20 per additional participant

 

Activity Description

Rowing         

Experience the ultimate team sport.  PVRC’s professional coaching staff will teach you and your “crew” the basics of the rowing.  Utilizing our stable rowing equipment participants will learn both styles of rowing, "sweep" (rowing as a team) and “sculling” (rowing solo).   You will learn proper boat handling, rowing safety, and basic terminology as you work together as one team!

 

Biking

We'll hit the trail and explore the riverfront via bike!  Grab one of PVRC’s touring bikes or bring your own as we set off on a 6 mile round trip tour of the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway.  This uninterrupted stretch of the path runs along Springfield’s riverfront and provides stunning views of the Connecticut River, the Springfield city skyline, and Memorial Bridge.  Bike helmets are required at all times.

 

Dragon Boating       

Imagine paddling  a canoe with 20 other people in your boat. That's Dragon Boating! A 2000 year old sport, Dragon boating originated in China but is now widely practiced around the world. Our experienced coaches will teach you the basic stroke and commands as you experience the valleys newest sport!

 

Kayaking                         

Our experienced kayaking guides teach you the basics of this wonderful adventure activity. You'll learn how to choose a boat, appropriate safety gear and accessories to make your experience safe and enjoyable.   Through games and activities you will learn how to safely board your boat, and how to properly paddle. We will take you on a tour of the Connecticut River teaching you the natural history of the river along the way.  

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding  (SUP)

Experience the newest craze in water sports. SUP offers a great core workout and a new way to get on the water. Our staff will teach students about the necessary gear for a wonderful time floating on the CT river, then teach the basic techniques associated with this great activity. We will then hop onto a paddle board and off we go enjoying a new perspective of the water.

 

Indoor Activities

Rain never stops us from enjoying the riverfront.  We bring the fun of rowing and paddling inside to PVRC’s 24 indoor rowing machines.  Our coaches and instructors have a blast teaching people how to use these unique machines called “Ergs”.   Ergs are used to teach the basic rowing/paddling stroke, to get a great workout or for head to head racing!

PVRC, 121 West Street, PO Box 3123, Springfield MA 01101

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