To foster small-watercraft education, access, safe recreation, and marine stewardship on Bellingham Bay.

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Our Story

The Community Boating Center is a grassroots, volunteer-driven, charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering safe small-boat recreation on Bellingham Bay. The Boating Center was founded by a core of local small-watercraft enthusiasts in 2006 and began services to the public in 2007. The Boating Center is not a club. There are no memberships and no dues. Programs and services are available to all. Much-appreciated tax-deductible donations, season-pass sales, dry-moorage fees and rentals of sailboats and human-powered watercraft enable the CBC to provide the safety and skills education that is the core of the organization’s mission. Volunteers are integrated into all aspects of the organization from maintaining boats, skippering public sails, teaching educational classes, tabling at events, and serving as board and committee members.

Our Crew


Steve Walker

Steve is a Washington native with a professional career as a program administrator, land manager, and outdoor educator.  He joined the Community Boating Center staff in September 2012 and is delighted to be part of a vibrant grass-roots organization engaging Whatcom County citizens in safe and rewarding small-craft saltwater experiences.  While his primary boating activity is sea kayaking, he is a recreational generalist who particularly enjoys mountain pursuits, cycling, and Nordic skiing.  Steve has an undergraduate degree in physical education and taught and coached in London, England.  For over 20 years he provided oversight for the Outdoor Center at Western Washington University where he also initiated the school's Challenge Program.  While at WWU he secured a master's degree in adult education.  Early in his career he worked as a ranger for Washington State Parks and, more recently, as the property steward for Whatcom Land Trust.  Steve and his wife Sue live with their canine companion only a few blocks from the CBC in the Fairhaven neighborhood.


Andrea Reiter

Born and raised in the Evergreen State, Andrea is most at home when she is on the water. Andrea has a master’s degree in environmental education from Western Washington University as well as a Certificate in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and a Northwest Naturalist Certificate both from the North Cascades Institute. Prior to coming to the Community Boating Center, Andrea worked for other nonprofit organizations within Washington running a summer camp and environmental education programs. Andrea enjoys sailing, scuba diving, fishing, and kayaking throughout the Salish Sea; as well as traveling throughout the world and experiencing new places, oceans, and seas.