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Signup Links and Directions

Indicate - below - which session(s) you plan to attend, then scroll down and click 'NEXT' to complete your pre-registration. The form permits you to register up to 4 paddlers at once.
Upcoming Sessions:
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. From Burlington, travel east on Main Street past UVM, turn right onto Spear Street, and follow directions above.

Travel south on Spear Street and go ~0.28 miles, turning right onto Davis Road just after the parking garage complex, and drive up the road leading to Gutterson Fieldhouse. Keep driving past the south side of Gutterson (Fitness Center entrance), and turn right onto the driveway on the west side of the building. Turn right again to follow the alley that leads into the middle of the complex.

Park there, unload your boat(s) and other gear, and carry them to the double door at the end of the alley. It should be open. Enter and turn left. You will see the double doors accessing the shallow end of the UVM pool just down the hallway. If those aren't open, turn right, then left, and follow the hallway down to the double doors at the other end of the pool. The session organizer will try to make sure the lifeguard opens the doors before the session starts.

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Northern Vermont University - Johnson
Upcoming Sessions:
Location >
SHAPE Center/Carter Gym, NVU 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 should 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.

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Waivers (required at first session - see details below)

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 for 2023 is $15.
  • Adults only (18+) at Northern Vermont University pool sessions except when accompanied by a parent who participates in the session.
  • 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.


  — Chris Weed  []


[By the way, YouTube has some excellent instructional kayak rolling videos. Also see this outstanding video on Vimeo, from]

More on fees:  The pool session fee for 2023 is $15, plus an additional $10 insurance fee—an ACA event membership—if you are not a member of the American Canoe Association (ACA). Note that you must pay the $10 insurance fee per session if you don't belong to the ACA. Their individual membership costs $40/year.

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  In the 4th field of the form you should select "Paddle America Clubs: Vermont Paddlers Club". 

ACA Waivers (online form or PDF form):  An ACA waiver form must be completed during or prior to your first pool session.

We recommend use of the online version. It will save time at your first pool session and produce a consistently legible waiver that is automatically submitted to the ACA.

Here are the online waiver links. Submit one waiver for each venue at which you plan to attend one or more pool sessions:

2023 VPC Pool Sessions at UVM (

2023 VPC Pool Sessions at NVU-Johnson (

If you choose to use a printed waiver, it will help get your first session underway quicker if you fill out the waiver prior to your arrival and bring it with you. Note that the PDF form can be filled out in Adobe Reader on your computer, then printed and signed.

To download the PDF form for completion and printing on your computer, see the bottom right side of this page on the ACA website, under Affiliate Forms & Resources.

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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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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