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 will 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. 


The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club offers four coached adult programs and several individual options during our on-the-water season which runs from March 23rd  - November 8th, 2020.  All programs operate from the historic Rockrimmon Boathouse on the Connecticut River in Springfield, MA.

Programs are open to all age groups, athletic backgrounds and levels of experience. Whether you are a college rower or have never rowed before, we have a program for you. Many of our rowers do not race but participate in our practices for exercise, socialization, and to enjoy the great outdoors on the Connecticut river. Others train on a regular basis and compete in regattas around the region. Whether you are interested in collegiate training, participating in regattas, or recreational rowing, we’re committed to connecting you to the river and finding a program that works best with your schedule and goals.

If you are interested in learning how to row with a group or are an experienced rower looking for a coached program, please sign up for one of these four options:

1. Adult Beginner Rowing, for beginners or those who want a "refresher"
2. Adult Rowing, for the recreational rower or intermediate rower with the option to race 
3. Adult Advanced Rowing, for the competitive rower who can train outside of practice and race 
4. Collegiate Racing and Training Program, a value-priced program for collegiate athletes including recent high school graduates

If you would like a more flexible, individual experience, we offer

1. Private sculling lessons (beginner to advanced, starting in June)

2. Club boat sculling (for proficient scullers who do not own a boat, with prerequisites)

3. Private boat rack rental and boathouse use (also available for kayakers)

Give it a try! In early June we conduct a free clinic from 9am to 11am. This "Learn to Paddle / Learn to Row" morning is a chance to learn the basics of rowing, get some training from volunteer PVRC rowers, and even get out on the water with an instructor at your side all the way. For ages 12 and up, this fun, free event gives you a taste of the sport. It's also a day when we throw open our doors and encourage everyone to come to the riverfront and learn more about PVRC. Follow the link below and choose "Learn to Row Day"

DATE: Saturday, June 6, 2020

Collegiate Training and Racing (Competitive)

May 15, 2020 - August 1, 2020

Goal: Collegiate athletes who are in the area who want to train and race are encouraged to join this group of athletes!


Athletes have access to the PVRC facility to train on their own with the training plan provided by their college coaches or choose to participate in the PVRC guided training plan. Athletes will also have the opportunity to scull during this time period when an on the water coach is available and to race if interested. Racing fees are an additional fee.

Schedule: Monday - Thursday 6a-8a and 6p-8p.

Price: $250. Regatta fees are not included.

Optional Regattas: Lowell Festival Regatta (6/20), Carnegie (NJ, 711), Canadian Henley (8/2-8/9).

June 1, 2020 - July 29, 2020

Goal: Develop a solid foundation of skills in a fun and supportive environment. Beginner classes are offered in the summer, twice a week for two weeks, and coached by an experienced coach who accompanies all participants on the water in a safety boat.

Learn to Row programs teach the basics of the rowing stroke in a stable training boat. Rowers will become familiar with the parts of the rowing shell, oars, terminology, as well as learn how to launch and sit in the boat on their own. After completing the Learn to Row program, rowers can repeat the Beginner Level 1 session, join the Beginner Level 2 session, or join our recreational team. 


Each session is limited to 4 participants - Register Early to Reserve your Seat! 

Cost $125 (4 Classes). Age 18+. Sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 10:30am or 6:00pm to 7:30pm. While we attempt to make up classes affected by severe weather, we cannot guarantee. Sessions run from June 1 to July 29.

April 27, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Goal: To help rowers continue the progression of becoming more proficient in the rowing stroke while having fun in a team environment. This is a co-ed recreational team for athletes who have experience rowing and want an enjoyable on-water workout but don’t have the time to commit to a full training schedule.  There are no practice attendance requirements for this program, and regatta attendance is voluntary.


The program offers coached instruction in sweep (4+ or 8+ boats) and sculling shells (1x, 2x, 4x) during the spring, summer and fall. Rowers will have the opportunity to compete at local regattas if interested. Regattas include: Pineapple Regatta (Somerville MA, 8/1), Rockrimmon Regatta (Springfield MA, 9/12) and Head of the Riverfront (Hartford CT, 10/4). 

Practice schedule is Monday 6p-8p, Wednesday 6p-8p, Saturday 8a-10a. Practice happens at the same time as the competitive team and there may be some mixing of crews at the coaches' discretion.

Price: 7-month on-water season $825
Spring: April 27 - May 30 $149
Summer: June 1 - August 21 $425
Fall: August 31 - November 8 $299

April 27, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Goal: To provide experienced rowing athletes time with coaches, structured training on and off the water, and focus on racing strategies and readiness. It will allow you to improve personal fitness and rowing skills and to be more competitive as a team. Practice is held three times a week for 7 months and will happen concurrently to the intermediate Adult Rowing group. Additional Thursday practices may be added during the racing season to practice boatings for regattas.  Attendance is key with the Competitive team. Expect a bi-weekly erg workout to measure fitness, technical skills, and help set lineups. Additional training to be done outside of team practice will be outlined and recommended.

Prerequisite: completed at least 6 weeks of rowing, can perform the rowing stroke with good technical skills, proficient sculling in a 1x, appropriate fitness level, and can routinely attend at least 3 sessions per week plus occasional Thursdays for pre-race preparation.

Practice Schedule: Monday 6p-8p, Wednesday 6p-8p, Saturday 8a-10a plus select Thursdays time tbd.

Athletes on this team will race at regattas at the coaches’ discretion. Regattas include:  Lowell Festival Regatta (Lowell MA, 6/20), Carnegie Regatta (NJ, July 11), Pineapple Regatta (Somerville MA, 8/1), Rockrimmon Regatta (Springfield, 9/12), Head of the Riverfront (Hartford CT, 10/4), and Head of the Charles (Cambridge MA, 10/17-18, Lottery System).

Price: 7-month on-water season $825
Spring: March 23 - May 30 $149
Summer: June 1 - August 21 $425
Fall: August 31 - November 8 $299

Lessons for one or two rowers! PVRC rowing coaches conduct three one-hour clinics to help you achieve your rowing goals--whether you are new to the sport or are interested in improving your technique. Lessons begin in June. Contact to schedule your lessons.

Price: Three one-hour lessons for one cost $200; three one-hour lessons for two (at the same time) cost $300.

June to October

Enjoy the serenity of the river and get a great workout in too! Our open sculling hours are not coached and allow rowers the freedom to enjoy the river on their own using PVRC's rowing equipment. There are safety protocols, proficiency requirements, and equipment restrictions to ensure you have a great experience, can handle the unexpected, and do not overlap with other programs who share club equipment. Please contact our Head Coach at to register for this program. 

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

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