Veterans Programs

Dragon Boating – Veterans Dragon Boat USA 

Our vision is to bring military veterans together, channeling their energy and focus toward propelling this massive vessel – and drawing from it energy, adrenalin and the sheer exhilaration of making the dragon fly across the water.


Free Membership for military veterans includes training/practice sessions both on and off the water, use of equipment (dragon boat, paddles, PFDs), and racing fees.


On-water practices (starting in May and wrapping up in October) are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-7:30 PM, on the Connecticut River. All veterans are trained to paddle a dragon boat, including one-on-one training to hone technique, and as a full team to participate in races.

Indoor practices commence in November and run through spring, held Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00-7:30 PM. Indoor training includes ergometer rowing and paddling sessions, strength/weight workouts, and core workouts. To try to accomodate everyone’s busy schedule, dragon boaters  are welcome during masters sessions and vice versa. Masters rowers meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 7:30am to 9am. Everyone is welcome, equipment provided. All practices and training are held at Holyoke Rows, 25 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke MA 01040.

No experience is necessary – just the desire to learn a new sport alongside fellow veterans and become a member of the Veterans Dragon Boat USA team!

A waiver is required to participate. Any questions, please contact us at: or telephone 413-539-0068. For further information about the team, please visit or fb: Veterans Dragon Boat USA

Veterans Kayaking

We offer a free membership to veterans.  Just contact us and set up an appointment to get a key fob and an orientation. In addition, a meditative kayak program is available at our boathouse thru the Springfield Vet Center.  Register with them.  It is a veterans only program and meets in the summer on Wednesday mornings.


Veterans Rowing

Veterans are welcome at no charge to any of our rowing programs and may also schedule a private lesson with us.

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