The MVS in Greater Manchester (Maritime Volunteer Service)

The Maritime Volunteer Service is a recognised national maritime training organisation and a UK registered charity with more than 25 units around the country providing training to nationally and internationally recognised standards, serving local communities especially in times of need or emergency and taking part in resilience exercises ashore and afloat. 

We are an increasingly active unit based on the historic and picturesque waters surrounding Salford including the Bridgewater Canal.

We operate on all the canals and waterways in the Greater Manchester area, stretching from Bury and Bolton in the North to Stockport in the South, Oldham and Rochdale in the East to Salford in the West. We also operate on the upper reaches of the Manchester Ship Canal and hope to go all the way to Liverpool.

We provide training in nautical skills for all our members and we work to benefit our community here in the Greater Manchester..
This training extends to local scouting and other community groups.

We also get involved with local community events such as providing safety boat cover and a control point for the annual Salford Duck Race at the Quays.
If you have an event you would like us to attend please let us know.

We have members with varying skill sets from complete beginner to experienced instructors and we welcome people into our unit at any level.  Even if you do not have boating skills, other skills you have will be transferable to the unit in some way.

Whatever you are looking to do we can train you and develop your personal skills but most of all you have lots of fun and enjoy our waterways to their full potential.

To find out more contact us 


Twitter: @ManchesterMVS