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2017 MVP Calendars (All calendar photos shown below when you visit the web site.)

$13 each; pickup New Years Day Event. Supply limited.

Order via swag payment page.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 January 2017 )
2017 Spring/Summer Activity Calendar

Here's what the MVP is planning:

May 5–7 
Spring West Release Weekend
Group camping at Jamaica State Park; NO SHUTTLE.
May TBD Stoney Creek Trip
Benscreek Canoe Club trip, see Dante DiOrio for details.
Jun TBDNational River Cleanup Week See Julie for Details.
Basic Swiftware Safety Course
Level 1 Course for MVP Members – estimated cost $30 each.
Jun 24–25Winni Release/NESS Race No organized river groups; club BBQ at take-out?
Jun 23–25Deerfield River Festival 
Camping on the festival grounds. Same weekend as Winni.
July 14–16 MVP Rapid/Androscoggin WeekendGroup Camping at Umbagog Lake State Park.
IPC Deerfield Reunion Weekend Deerfield Weekend; Camping and BBQ at Country Aire.
Aug 11–13Dead/Kennebec Forks Family WeekendGroup camping at Webb's.
Quebec/Ontario Long Weekend
Late Summer Northern Rivers Details still TBD.
Magalloway WeekendJoint trip with Penobscot Paddle & Chowder Society.
Sep 22–24 
West Release Weekend
Group camping & Low Country Boil at Jamaica State Pk.

For group camping: go here to reserve and pay on this MVP web site page.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 April 2017 )
Winter Pool Sessions 2017

Winter pool sessions have begun. Come practice those skills. Its better to roll than swim, especially when the water temperature is only a little north of ice. Scheduled most weekends January thru early April; Thursday nights in Lebanon. 


 – Manchester, NH YMCA (Sunday nights)
 – Nashua Boys & Girls Club (Saturday nights)
 – River Valley Club, Lebanon (Thursday nights)

Pay here via the payment page.


  $18/session (paid on-line in advance).
  $23/session (on-site credit-card, cash, etc).
  $45/Three-session package (online only).
  $75/Five-session package (online only).
  $85/Season Pass (good for all pools).
  $84/Three-session Family Pkg (2 Adults+Kids).
  $5/Children 15 and under (with paying adult).
  Student/Instructor groups can pay per/boat.

Pool Session Dates/Times/Locations:

Thu Jan 127:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Jan 154:30pm–6:00pmManchester YMCA
Sun Jan 22none
Sun Jan 294:30pm-6:00pm Manchester YMCA
Sun Feb 5none  (Superbowl Weekend)
Thu Feb 97:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Feb 12**Cancelled**Manchester YMCA
Sat Feb 186:30pm–8:00pmNashua B&G Club
Sun Feb 26*No Attendees*
Manchester YMCA
Sat Mar 4*Rescheduled*Nashua B&G Club
Sun Mar 124:30pm–6:00pmManchester YMCA
Thu Mar 167:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sat Mar 186:30pm–8:00pmNashua B&G Club
Sat Mar 256:30pm–8:00pmNashua B&G Club
Sat Apr 1*Rescheduled*Nashua B&G Club
Sat Apr 86:30pm–8:00pmNashua B&G Club
Sat Apr 156:30pm–8:00pmNashua B&G Club

Jerry Smith is running a Sea Kayak Training and
Practice Class
in the Nashua Pool for five weeks
starting Mar 11th. Details at this Meetup Group.

Other [Non-MVP] pool sessions:

UNH Durham—Swasey Field House Pool

Wednesday nights 9-11pm (8-10pm after Spring Break)
Instructors available to teach wet exits, rolling, strokes,
etc. Free for students, $10 all others. Info here.
Campus Outdoor Adventure info here.

Salem [MA] YMCA—Rock Paddle Surf (Salem Kayak)

Open practice $20/session; Instruction $50–$75/session.
Info here, more info this Meetup Group.

Brighton [MA] Oak Square YMCA—Pirate boat'ers

(Prev Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center, Brookline, MA.)
Mondays 7:45-8:45pm Feb 6, 13, 20, 27. $20/session.
Details at this facebook group.

Arlington Boys & Girls Club—Boston AMC Paddlers

Sundays 5:00–7:00pm: 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26. Open
Practice $80, Rolling Instruction $130 Info here.

North Adams [MA]—Northern Berkshire YMCA

Tue/Thurs Nights

UMass Tottman Gym—No more info

Pittsfield YMCA—No more info

Haverhill [MA] High School—North Shore Paddlers

Sat Jan 7, Sun Jan 22, Sun Feb 12, Sun Feb 19, Sun Feb 26,
Sat Mar 4, Sun Mar 12, Sun Apr 2, Sun Apr 9. Sessions
$25+ACA Fee; NSPN membership required. Info here.

Belfast Area High [ME]—Penobscot Paddle & Chowda

$10/Session. Sundays 10am-12pm: Jan 10, 17, 24, 31,
Feb 7, 28, Mar 6, 13. More info here.

University of Maine/Orono [Bangor]—Wallace Pool

WW Kayak Instruction 3-4pm: Jan 22, Feb 5, 19, Apr 9, 23.
Open practice Sundays 4-6pm (Except Mar 5, 12, 19)
Members: $5, Non-Members: $7. Info here.

Directions to Manchester Pool:

Manchester YMCA
30 Mechanic Street, Manchester, NH 03101 603-623-3558

Follow I-293 (either direction) into Manchester to Exit 5/Granite Street. Follow the signs for "Elm Street/Downtown/The Millyard/Canal Street" to put you on Granite Street Eastbound. Cross the river on the Granite Street Bridge; drive part-way up the hill, cross over the RR tracks, turn left at the light onto Canal Street (by the bus terminal). Follow Canal Street a little under half-mile, turn right at the light onto Mechanic Street. The YMCA is almost all the way up the hill on the right. Park anywhere along the street.  The YMCA front doors will probably be locked; for the pool entrance walk back down the hill, go around the corner at the end of the building and down a small alley. Thru the gate, up a couple stairs, then thru a twisty-little-maze into the pool.

Sea Kayaks and Canoes – Turn righ onto Market Street (2 blocks before Mechanic Street), up the hill to end at City Hall (with the Mayors parking spot in front of you), turn left into the alley that goes along City Hall. Follow the alley across Stark Street. Look for the Bean and Bagel Shop followed by the Hearing Aid Store on the left. The small gate attached to the end of the Hearing Aid store (with the "no parking" sign) leads to the pool. Drop off your boat here (parking at the Hearing Aid Store is ok), and walk around to the other side of the building since you'll have to open the door from inside. (Note: We checked, and a 16-foot Wilderness Tsunami Touring Kayak just fits thru this entrance with 2-1/2 inches to spare.  Sea Kayaks and Canoes should probably consider using the Nashua pool since the pool is bigger and access is easier.)

Google Maps Link to Manchester Pool

Directions to Nashua Pool:

Boys and Girls Club of Nashua
47 Grand Ave, Nashua (603) 883-0523

From the highway, take exit 5A (That's Five-AEY), not 5E or 5W.

Northbound go past exits 5E and 5W; exit 5A is another couple hundred yards north. Southbound is easier to do a U-Turn at Exit 5 and come north to exit 5A. Go straight thru the first intersection, then you'll pass a school on the left. The B&G club is just past the school on the left behind a large baseball field. Turn left at the end of the baseball field and follow it all the way around.

If you use a GPS to get directions be aware that other folks have been led down the wrong side streets. The B&G Club is the building at the FAR CORNER of the ball field. So keep driving along the field, don't turn down the side streets.

To get to the pool, drive PAST the front entrance, turn right at the end of the building and go about 100 feet. The pool entrance for boats is halfway down the back end of the building. For Sea Kayaks ask the lifeguard to let you in the back entrance where it's a straight shot into the pool.

Google Maps Link to Nashua Pool

Directions to the RVC Pool:

River Valley Club,
33 Morgan Drive, Canterra Park, Lebanon, NH (603) 643-7720



Drive in along the right side of the facility; enter the pool via back door.

Important Note: The Lebanon Pool is a Salt Water Pool!!!

Google Maps Link to RVC Pool

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 April 2017 )
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