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Pool Sessions - Legacy Build (Pre-2019)

Signup Links and Directions

As a convenience to our members, we also have Express Sign-up (members only)
SESSION COLOR KEY:
  • green Pre-registration MINIMUM MET. See you there!
  • yellow Presently UNDER-ENROLLED (but there is still time)
  • red At risk for CANCELATION (unless more register ASAP)
  • black SESSION CANCELED (click the session for an explanation)
UVM

Map Link

Location: Patrick-Forbush-Gutterson Athletic Complex, Spear Street Burlington, VT

Driving Directions: From points north and south, use I89 exit 14W. Bear right after the Sheraton following signs to Spear Street. Travel south on Spear St. ~0.2 mi. Turn right just before the parking garage complex, up the road leading to the Patrick Gymasium. Turn left when you get to the top level of the parking garage and go straight ~0.1 mi to a recessed parking area on the right (located in the "U" between the hockey rink and the gym). Carry boats in from the loading dock area facing this recessed parking area. From Burlington, travel east on Main St. past UVM, turn right onto Spear St., and follow directions above.

Northern Vermont University - Johnson

Map Link

Location: SHAPE Center/Carter Gym Johnson, VT

Driving Directions: Entry is best approached by taking the Main Entrance Rd, then taking a right fork to the main campus. At the first parking area, go left along the back towards the SHAPE Center/Carter Gym. There is a small turnaround to take your boats off and then go back and park in the lot spaces marked visitor. The entrance doors to the pool are the double metal doors to the right of the glass doors marked "Use Main Entrance". These doors will be unlocked for our access with the boats. If you need the Main Entrance to the building, it is to the right of these doors around the building.

Waivers (required at first session)

Adult Waiver (PDF)  [Rev: January 2012]

...or see https://www.americancanoe.org/page/Waivers for the latest adult and minor waivers on the ACA website.

You can print these and fill them out by hand, but we recommend using Adobe Reader's Fill and Sign tool to fill them out before printing and signing them. This will ensure legibility for everyone concerned.

Fees and Other Information

Please take advantage of this pre-registration page, so that we have a reasonable head count for each of the upcoming sessions. 

Please note:

  • The basic pool session fee is $15.
  • Adults only (18+) at Northern Vermont University pool sessions.
  • This year, there is no fee per se for rolling instruction, but instruction is a members-only benefit. You are welcome to join the club to receive rolling instruction. This requirement does not apply if you just want to practice on your own, with occasional pointers from peers.

 Thanks!

  — Chris Weed  [Chace.Rapid@Gmail.com]

 


[By the way, YouTube has some excellent instructional kayak rolling videos by Chris Spelius of Expediciones Chile. Also see this outstanding video on Vimeo, from H2ODreams.com.]

More on fees:  The pool session fee is $15, plus an additional $5 insurance fee if you are not a member of the American Canoe Association (ACA). Note that you must pay the $5 insurance fee per session if you don't belong to the ACA.

You can also join the VPC (or renew) for $15 ($20 for a family). If you haven't previously been a member of the ACA you can become a member by going to their website at https://www.americancanoe.org/general/register_member_type.asp.  In the 4th field of the form you should select "Paddle America Clubs: Vermont Paddlers Club" to get a discounted membership rate. 

ACA Waiver:  An ACA waiver form must be completed during or prior to your first pool session. It will help get the session underway quicker if you print and fill out the waiver prior to your arrival, and bring it with you. See https://www.americancanoe.org/page/Waivers.

(You can also mail your completed waiver to Hugh Pritchard, VPC Treasurer, 37 Terrace Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.)

ONLINE WAIVERS:  During 2012 the ACA website introduced support for online completion of their adult and minor waiver forms, and in 2013 they enhanced it! You have to be logged in as an ACA member or a Guest member on the website in order to use this feature. We encourage you to do so; it will save time at the pool sessions and result in consistently legible waivers for submission to the ACA. The forms can be accessed from the website's navigation bar. Select Insurance > Online Waivers or go to http://www.americancanoe.org/?page=PACOnlineWaiver.



Any boat you use in the pool must be thoroughly cleaned beforehand!!

Dirt, twigs, or leaves found in or around the pool may result in us being banned from future use of the facility.

[At UVM and NVU-Johnson, a faucet with a hose is available for final rinses. That said, we ask that you please do as much cleaning as possible before you come to your first session. In cold weather, just dumping a gallon of water in your boat and sloshing it around to dislodge leaves and sticks, which you can then remove by hand, will help a lot. Also brush and rinse any loose dirt off the hull and deck of your boat.]

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For Username, enter either 1) the primary email address you've specified in your member profile, or 2) the Username assigned to you upon joining the VPC.

Once you are logged in as a VPC member, you will have access to your member profile, and members-only content on the website. If your login attempts fail, please email the webmaster. Include your name, and (if you know it) the username you were assigned.

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