WHO WE ARE
NPBRC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed in January, 2007, by rowers, coxswains, coaches and friends who are committed to spreading our love of the sport throughout south Florida. We do this by sharing the athletic, health, educational and social benefits of rowing through classes, programs, and outreach.
We at NPBRC believe rowing has an incredible power to unite a community by bridging generations, demographics, and other social divides. We work with our community in the common goal to enhance the recreational quality of our local waterways and contribute to the vibrant south Florida culture.
We Transform Lives Through Rowing.
We do this by increasing access to our waterways by non-motorized paddle sports and by giving our community the opportunities, equipment and facilities to row and compete throughout the region.
At the end of the day, it’s all about having a good time out on the water. Come see what we’re about.
WHAT WE DO
We’re a relatively new club but despite our young age we already do the following:
LEARN TO ROW PROGRAMS
Open to the public, these programs provide a fun, safe way to learn how to row under the watchful supervision of our coaches and adult members. LTR classes will have you looking at the Intracoastal in an entirely new way.
Open to middle and high school students, ages 12-18. NPBRC’s teams compete successfully in the US and Canada. Our Youth Program is open to students from any area school. We row together on one unified NPBRC team, and in doing so, build friendships that last a lifetime.
Open to area adults who want to learn the sport, enjoy our waterways, or participate in local and national regattas. We have both competitive and recreational groups. No prior experience necessary – we’ll teach you all you need to know.
NPBRC began on the eve of the 2006 Boat Parade when a small group of former rowers gathered to watch the event from the grandstands at the Palm Beach Marine Institute. As night fell and yacht after decorated yacht passed in celebration up the Intracoastal, we knew that something was missing.
It was clear to us that the Intracoastal Waterway was the perfect venue for area kids and adults from all backgrounds to enjoy the sport, and so the idea for NPBRC was born. We believe that any high school kid or adult without a motorboat should still have the opportunity to get on the water and enjoy a safe, healthy team activity while developing a lifelong respect for our environment. Likewise, we know from experience that rowing can draw a community together in a spirit of athleticism, teamwork, and mutual appreciation of our area’s rich natural resources. NPBRC officially incorporated in January 2007 and we have been hard at work laying the foundation for what is sure to become one of Palm Beach Gardens’ signature organizations.
Through a generous partnership with the Palm Beach Marine Institute, a fellow 501(c)3 organization, NPBRC found a home on the Intracoastal Waterway at PMBI’s facility in Bert Winters Park off of Ellison Wilson Road. Our current site may be humble but we hope to grow and have begun acquiring the equipment and materials we need to build the future of our community rowing program. The donation by Miami Rowing Club of an old eight and oars allowed us to take our maiden voyage down the ICW in mid-March, 2007.
From those humble beginnings, we have built successful Youth, Adaptive, and Masters programs, trained Olympians, and have raced around the country in some of the most prestigious regattas in our sport. We have drawn visitors from around the globe, colleges from across the US, and respect and admiration from our competitors. Now, our members are busy improving our programs and enriching our community while seeking out other rowers to join our thriving team.
We Change Lives Through Rowing. NPBRC is a community rowing program like no other. South Florida is already the favorite winter training grounds of many elite and collegiate rowing programs. We have hosted a first-class regatta and now field Youth and Adult (“Masters”) teams on par with the best in the country. Our goal of building a new, LEED certified boathouse facility right here in Palm Beach County is closer than ever, but it takes a community – pulling together – to make it reality.
NPBRC is committed to developing a true “Community” program that welcomes folks from many demographics in a spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and community service. We are equally committed to helping you realize your goals within the sport – whether you’re picking up an oar for the first time or returning to it again after many years away – as we are to bettering our community through public outreach and volunteer service.
Since day one NPBRC partnered with AMIKids, a local charter school for at-risk and disadvantaged youth, to make rowing available to those who can most benefit from this team-based, challenging, but rewarding sport. We believe it’s time for rowing to outgrow its old elitist image and be recognized for what it is : one of the healthiest sports around; one that demands teamwork, cooperation, mental and physical discipline; and one that offers opportunities unlike any other sport out there. We believe these all kids, regardless of their background, should be able to have these opportunities.
As part of our commitment to the kids and faculty of AMIKids, in 2011 NPBRC spearheaded the rebuilding of the school’s dilapidated old dock and waterfront, which had become a serious safety hazard. With the help of Navy Seabees, local donors, and the sweat equity of our members, we were able to demolish the unsafe sections of the dock, install a new seawall, and add foliage to make the school grounds a better place to work.
In addition to our commitment to the students at AMIKids, the members of NPBRC hold beach cleanups and volunteer at local charity events throughout the year to improve the health of the Intracoastal and to show the public the benefits of this clean, green, healthy sport. Check out our Members page for calendar updates on our next beach cleanup event or charity fundraiser.
VISIT OUR FACILITY
- The old PBMI facility is inside a County Park adjacent to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Boat traffic is lightest on weekday mornings and busier on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Our launching area is located in a “NO WAKE” zone.
- For the schedule showing local draw bridge openings, click here.
- For more information than you could possibly want on ICW Speed Zones, visit: Jupiter south to Juno Beach or Juno Beach south to PB Port
- Masters: In case you were wondering how races are handicapped for age, click here. Handicaps are shown in seconds.