Financial Aid

Financial Aid Available or Give to Our Financial Aid Fund

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is a non-profit organization that has become an exercise, recreation, rehabilitation, and fitness destination for thousands. Families, groups, and individuals use Upper Valley Aquatic Center as a valuable resource to learn and sharpen swim skills, exercise and rehabilitate, compete and celebrate.

At UVAC, we believe in the beneficial power of fitness for EVERYONE. Our financial aid fund—including the Free Hartford Learn-to-Swim program and the Community Access programs—helps support our Center’s goal to allow everyoneto achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Your donation to the fund will support free swim lessons, exercise programs, quality family time and access for clients of other social service agencies who are fighting generational poverty, abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and teen pregnancy. There are hundreds of your neighbors in Vermont and New Hampshire who are dealing with these issues. More importantly, your contribution could save a life! Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children under 4 years old, and the second largest in children up to 14 years old. 10 children drown every day in America.

Make a priceless investment in your community!



Through the Hartford Learn to Swim program, more than 500 Hartford children have learned to swim! Developed to teach ALL Hartford second and third graders to swim, the program is free and includes transportation with after-school care.


 It is important that children learn to swim because: 


  • Drowning deaths are 14 times higher than motor vehicle deaths for children 1-4 years old.*
  • Drowning is the second largest cause of death in children 14 and under.**
  • A parent or caregiver claims to have been supervising the child in 90% of the child drowning deaths.**
  • For every child who drowns four others are treated in ERs, many of whom suffer permanent brain damage.**

*Orange County Fire Authority **US Center for Disease Control


The Community Access program provides free and low cost day pass and membership assistance for residents who do not have the financial ability to afford our swim lessons, aquatic exercise, and wellness programs. We have helped numerous people with Arthritis, Diabetes, Depression, Hypertension, Heart Disease and obesity-related illness. Partnerships with the Hartford park and Recreation Department, Senior Outreach initiatives like FREE Senior Friday and Bugby Senior Center collaboration all help us get out into the community and promote fitness and health.

“Since beginning water aerobics at UVAC, my oncologist has noted my increased muscle tone and weight loss…I’m feeling much better.” —Female cancer patient

“It’s great…I haven’t used a cane in 3 weeks. Thank you!” —Senior participant

“My children love every minute! Being able to access the Center has been a blessing for our family.” —Single mom

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION send to Executive Director Rich Synnott at 

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that depends on the community to help us deliver great programs in a great facility. Your donations are tax-deductible and will be used immediately for scholarships and FREE programs in our community!

CHECK: UVAC Scholarship Fund at PO Box 1198, White River Junction, VT 05001

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization without any taxpayer or governmental support. Volunteers are a big part of our services!

Volunteer your time, your skills or services and become part of something special in our community. Volunteers can serve as Welcome Desk attandants, swim meet helpers, and KidZone attendants. Share the mission to deliver a diverse range of high quality aquatic programs and activities that are accessible to all members of the Upper Valley community. Help us support and promote fitness, education, competition and safety in an aquatic environment. Call Rich synnott at 802-296-2850, ext. 103 to learn more, or fill out the form below and someone will contact you shortly.

*Please note that all volunteer hours can be credited towards high school or other community service hours.  

"With a Family Membership Scholarship, my children are getting used to the water and learning to swim. It is so vital for my physical health to leave gravity behind and move in the water. UVAC is our favorite place to be together as a family. Everyone is happy and we feel great! The UVAC is helping us to grow stronger bonds as a family... We know how lucky we are and we really appreciate the scholarship. UVAC really is life-changing for us and we treasure every moment we can spend there."

Jessica E. Age 40 and kids Ages 5 & 4


Weekdays 5:00 am — 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am — 8:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am — 6:00 pm


Rich Synnott
802.296.2850 x103

send application to Rich Synnott