Dragon Boating:
For health, for life, for you!

The Springfield Dragon Rays Team has been a vital part of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) since 2013. The first established dragon boat team in Western Massachusetts, the Dragon Rays paddle two or more times a week on the Connecticut River during spring, winter, and fall months, and then spend the winter season working out together to build strength and endurance as a team. Funded in part by a grant from Rays of Hope, the membership of approximately 40 adult men and women includes more than a dozen breast cancer survivors. As well as paddling and working out, team members get together frequently for social events, and they participate in many activities to support PVRC and to raise awareness about breast cancer research. 


What is Dragon Boating?

Dragon boating is a 2,000-year-old sport originating in China and enjoyed

by millions around the world. Dragon boats are brightly colored canoes, approximately 40 feet long, and are decorated with a dragon head and tail when racing. Each boat holds up to 20 paddlers sitting side-by-side. There is a steers person at the helm, and during racing paddlers are kept in time by a drummer sitting in the front of the boat. During practices, the team coach may take the drummer's seat or may be in a nearby safety launch.


New to Dragon Boating?

New paddlers are always welcome to join our team! Click "Register" and select "Recreational Team" under Dragon Boating. If you like being on the water, come give it a try: the first time is free, no paddling experience is necessary, and PVRC provides all equipment. The team is open to adult men and women of all fitness levels. During water season, please arrange attendance at a Saturday 8:00am practice by emailing dragonrays@pvriverfront.org or calling 413-736-1322.  During winter months, call to learn about joining our indoor fitness classes, designed to help you prepare for summer paddling and racing. Please take a minute to read about The Springfield Dragon Rays especially the Dragon Rays F.A.Q. and Paddler Handbook to get ready to participate.

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Check here on April 20 for program start update

As the COVID-19 threat continues to grow, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) is taking pre-emptive measures to do our part to help slow the spread of this virus. 


Starting Monday, March 16th the boathouse will be closed until April 25th, however, this is subject to the spread of the virus. If MA public schools go back in session prior to April 25th small group sessions will begin for members who are enrolled. If schools stay out of session extending past April 25th, the start date may be pushed back. On April 20th, PVRC will notify all members about spring programming (start on time or start later) according to the MA Department of Public Health. 

While our physical location may be closed, we are set on upholding our promise to help you get healthier, happier, and more fit, while staying connected to the community that inspires us everyday. So many of us find positive stress relief from working out, and we want to help everyone we can to reduce their stress during these challenging times. Coaches will be posting daily workouts, training tips and motivational quotes for our members to enjoy.

To participate in workouts, and/or receive updates from PVRC about spring programming, please register for a FREE PRESEASON program. These are listed under each spring sport category. 


Breast Cancer Survivors

Thanks to generous support from Rays of  Hope, registration with the team is free for breast cancer survivors. Click "Register", Select "Recreational Team" (or "Performance Team" if you have discussed this with the Team Coach) under Dragon Boating and use the promotional code on the registration page to receive your benefit.

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

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