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 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.
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.