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.
Your Dragon Boat Team: The Springfield Dragon Rays
The Springfield Dragon Rays dragon boat team is open to adult men and women. We have been training together since 2013 and have a full slate of races planned each summer. If you're looking for a team to call your own, check out the Dragon Rays. You will get fit, make friends, and have a great time on the river! (No prior experience required. Intro to Dragon Boating class recommended.) During water season, team-only practices are held Tuesday & Thursday 6:00-7:30pm. Saturday morning practices are open to visitors. During winter months, we work hard at getting fit to paddle with several coached sessions a week to choose from. REGISTER HERE. Note, racing fees are not included in registration costs.
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! If you like being on the water, come give it a try: 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 morning 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.
Intro to Dragon Boat Class
Learn the ABC's of dragon boating. Get your heart rate up and have some fun on the river this summer! You’ll learn paddling technique, dragon boat fitness exercises, and work your way up to doing power sets in the boat. Great fun if you like being part of a motivated, athletic group of people! Send email to to learn when the next class will be given.
Breast Cancer Survivors
Thanks to generous support from Rays of Hope, registration with the team is free for breast cancer survivors.
Ready to Start?
We'd love to have you! Call the boathouse at (413) 736-1322 or send us an email at: for the most current information and to learn how to take the next step!