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November 27, 2018

This #GivingTuesday, support youth scholarships and community access to Bellingham Bay by donating to the Community Boating Center. Your donation supports boating classes, rentals and events for youth and adults throughout Whatcom County.

By donating to the CBC, you'll open a portal to the excitement and inspiration of Bellingham Bay. Together, we'll begin and sustain a lifelong adventure in maritime recreation and stewardship.

Will you make a small $25 donation as part of #GivingTuesday to support education and access for all to the Bay?


#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that occurs each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It is an opportunity to harness our collective power in supporting the organizations and causes in which we believe, and to effect real change in our communities.

As a worldwide movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Holiday Party & Fundraiser

Friday, December 7, 6:30pm
Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham

Live Jazz


Wine by Samson Winery


Beer by Kulshan




Catered Buffet


Dessert Dash

Raffle prizes include a kayak by Yeagers, a deluxe whale watching tour for two by San Juan Cruises, a luxurious stay at the Chrysalis Inn, a romantic dinner at Mambo Italiano, and more!

Plus! Every ticket purchase enters the ticket holder in a drawing for a FREE 2019 Paddling Season Pass!

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Please join us at our Holiday Party on December 7 to celebrate a robust summer season on Bellingham Bay, our beloved corner of the Salish Sea.

From all of us at the Community Boating Center - thank you for another rewarding summer. This season, more than 2,400 people accessed Bellingham Bay through the CBC. You, our community members, had a hand in helping every one of those people to experience the magic of boating on salt water.

Whether through volunteering your time, donating boats, equipment, or monetary gifts, or simply telling your friends about the CBC, each of you have been integral to achieving the CBC's mission: access, education, safe recreation, and marine stewardship on Bellingham Bay.

We invite you to get out your dancing shoes and join us on December 7 to celebrate another phenomenal summer connecting people with Bellingham Bay.

Rentals will return in Spring

We will open for rentals in May, 2019
Weekends only
10am - sunset

Want to continue your learning through the winter?
Learn about our Indoor Classes below!


Check out our upcoming Indoor Classes!

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Introduction to Tides and Currents

$55/person, Two-part class, 6-16 students

This course guides participants through the concepts behind tidal exchanges and currents, including how to integrate tide and current predictions into small boat trip planning. Learn how to utilize available resources to predict tides and currents within the Salish Sea. Introduction to Tides & Currents is a two-part class allowing time to digest what you have learned and come back to class with questions. This course is great for boaters of all types and skills.

To register call us at 360-714-8891 or email your contact information and course name to: programs@boatingcenter.org

5:30pm - 7:50pm, Wednesday & Thursday, November 14th & 15th
REI Store 400 36th St. Bellingham, WA

Youth Programs

Summer Day Camps, Spring & Fall After-School Camps, & Youth Enrichment Programming

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Adult Lessons

Sailing, Kayaking, Coastal Rowing, Paddleboarding, Group Outings, & Indoor Classes

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Hourly rentals for Sea Kayaks,
Sit-on-Top Kayaks, Row Boats,
Stand-Up Paddleboards,  Dinghy Sailboats, & Keelboats

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Post Point Web Cam

Live feed of weather conditions at Post Point

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Dry Moorage

Kayak and small boat storage available at the CBC and the CBC's annex

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Volunteer by helping with daily operations or specialized tasks

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Private/Corporate Outings

Schedule a private or corporate outing on the water for your group. Activities include sailing, kayaking, & Paddleboarding.

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Weather Links

Before heading out, make sure you know what the weather is going to be. This page contains CBC's weather policy along with links to where we get our weather forecasts.

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Support Us

The Community Boating Center is an educational nonprofit organization. Learn where our support needs are and how you can help.

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The Community Boating Center is a certified Clean Marina! What makes us so clean?

  • We wash with vinegar instead of soaps and other chemicals.
  • We minimize our use of fuel and oil - we only have one marine motor!
  • We recycle.
  • We reduce runoff by using pervious surfaces and proper dump sites.
  • We keep Spill Kits easily accessible to the staff and the general public.
  • We follow Best Management Practices as established by Clean Marina Washington.
  • We educate boaters on marine stewardship and how to boat responsibly.

Learn more about Clean Marinas and Best Management Practices for marinas.