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Pittsburgh Paddlefish


The Pittsburgh Paddlefish proudly represent TRRA and Pittsburgh in the dragon boat community. The Paddlefish are a diverse group bonded through their appreciation of dragon boating, teamwork, river water, speed, camaraderie, sore muscles, and festive social outings.

The Paddlefish formed as an adult competitive dragon boat team in the fall of 2003. Paddlefish race at the local, national, and international levels. In addition to competing in the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Races, the Paddlefish travel to annual events in cities such as Washington DC, Toronto, and Philadelphia. Team members have earned spots in international races such as the 2005 World Dragon Boat Championships in Berlin, Germany, the 2007 World Dragon Boat Championships in Sydney, Australia, the 2008 World Club Championships in Penang, Malaysia, the 2013 World Dragon Boat Championships in Hungary and the 2019 World Dragon Boat Championships in Taiwan!​

The Paddlefish are actively recruiting new members. No prior boating experience is required. If it’s your first time in a dragon boat, they will give you a step-by-step introduction aimed at getting you paddling on the water safely and quickly. You just need to come prepared to work up a little sweat, get a little wet, and have a lot of fun!

After you have experienced a few practices and have decided to join, you can start your membership with the Pittsburgh Paddlefish team by:

  • Joining the Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA), TRRA membership

  • Paddlefish team dues are divided through the year.

On-the-water practice – April to November


Indoor practice – November to April

To find out more about the Paddlefish visit their website or email the team at


When you register for the Paddlefish Team, you will be prompted to add your Annual Paddling Membership.

Pittsburgh Paddlefish

Pittsburgh Hearts Of Steel


Empower all Breast Cancer Survivors to strengthen mind, body and spirit through camaraderie and the sport of Dragon Boat Paddling.


Provide a place where Breast Cancer Survivors of all ages and physical abilities can gather to discuss and act to improve their overall sense of well being. We do this through physical activity, communication, support, friendship and giving back to our community.

Survivorship begins at diagnosis, continues through treatment (including those on lifetime treatment) and beyond. With advancements in medicine and targeted therapies, survivors are living longer. Maintaining a good quality of life through physical activity and mindfulness is important to all survivors. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, survivors strive to find their new “normal.” Life has changed for themselves and their loved ones. We embrace all members no matter what activity you choose to participate in and encourage suggestions from all our members.

Hearts of Steel Pittsburgh is a support group open to all Breast Cancer Survivors. Although the physical benefits of dragon boat paddling are an important part of our organization, we all find the support, social and additional activities of the group just as fulfilling.

Hearts of Steel Pittsburgh is hosted by the Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA), EIN 25-1544798, which is classified as a public charity and is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code so donations to Hearts of Steel are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

We are a nonprofit organization and 100% of all donations are used solely for the activities, education and needs of Breast Cancer Survivors. We want to give back to our communities in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas and are willing to share our personal experiences and knowledge about Breast Cancer and Survivorship.​

To find out more about the Hearts of Steel visit their website or email Janice Bagnato at

Hearts Of Steel
Summer Group Paddling

Summer Group Paddling

Enjoy the beauty and excitement of paddling. Stable, easy, intense, and fun - dragon boating is an instant success. Participants learn the basic paddling technique and get to test their new skills in various drills and competitions. Great for an addition to a summer camp, hands on experience for your school science class, or for entertaining a group of professional convention visitors. Paddling is easy to do and a cool way to give people of all ages an adventure they will never forget.

  • For groups of 8 - 80 youths and/or adults.

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Choose a program, or we can customize a program to fit your needs.

  • School programs, summer camps, church groups, convention visitors - any adventurous group!

  • No experience required

Indoor Tank and Erg Racing

Cold, snowy, raining or have a group that is not ready for the open water? Get your paddling experience indoors with our state-of-the-art tanks and paddling machines (ergs). Learn the basics of paddling, pick team names and let the competitive spirit fly.

Take the Next Step!

Email or call 412-231-8772 to set up your custom adventure today.

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