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New Bedford Rowing Center (NBRC) provides Greater New Bedford youth and adults with equitable access to the historic Acushnet River through rowing, paddling, and related human-powered, environmentally friendly activities that promote community, character, diversity, inclusivity, environmental stewardship, and a life-long commitment to physical fitness.


During fun outings that emphasize team-building and personal growth, NBRC’s youth initiative enables area middle school students to explore their local waterways in “rowing shells” (for 1-4 rowers), “dragon boats” (for 22 paddlers), and solo and tandem kayaks.


Through daily practices and regular competitions that emphasize goal-setting and self-discipline, NBRC’s junior initiative uses rowing and paddling to empower area high school students to explore the wider world


Youth (for middle school students, ages 12-14) During the three seasons of the school year, students row and paddle with other students from their respective schools. During the summer, all students row as team members under the collective banner of “NBRC.”


Juniors (for high school students, ages 15-19). As above.


Financial aid: YES Total annual cost to participate is $10 for youth, $35 for juniors.

PACE vouchers: YES May be used to cover the above.

Transportation: NO NBRC is working to remove this obstacle to equitable access

Jordan Seim Chair, Board of Directors

(508) 317-5759

Hours of Operation:

Youth-afternoons, twice weekly, four seasons per year

Juniors: Afternoons, Monday-Friday (plus 3-5 Saturday events), four seasons per year

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