The Central Pennsylvania Rowing Association (CPRA) was formed in 1989 by a loosely-connected group of people who shared an interest in rowing or a curiosity about rowing and a love of the river. Since then, CPRA has evolved, and in 2004, it received federal tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization, whose mission is to educate and provide opportunities for the youth and general public to enjoy the health benefits of rowing recreationally, as well as competitively. The club rows on the beautiful Susquehanna River. We offer a Learn To Row program each summer, and some members of the club have competed successfully at various regattas in and around Pennsylvania.
Because rowing is FUN! But rowing offers more than fun: It is a full-body fitness sport—a complete physical and mental conditioning program. And rowing complements other exercises that you may be doing, since it works both lower and upper body muscles. You are never too old to learn to row, a sport that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. If you don’t know how to row, we have great instructors on staff to teach you. Each season we offer Learn-to-Row sessions for adults and for youth.
As you row, you can renew your spirit, "far from the madding crowd," savoring the fresh air, the ever-changing water, and wildlife along the shore of the beautiful Susquehanna River. Rowing is also a great way to meet new people. CPRA members range from their 20s to their 60s, come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and have all sorts of interests and life experiences—but they all love rowing.
Whether you’re looking for great exercise, a way to enjoy the beautiful Susquehanna River scenery, a chance to test your mettle in all-out racing, or some wonderful new friends, CPRA is the place for you. Rowing is in our name and fun is our game! We are the Central Pennsylvania Rowing Association. C’mon—join the fun!