Youth Programs

"I saw a post about the Middle School Sailing Team...
...and jumped at the opportunity. My child had never been sailing before and we were hesitant. Over the next 5 weeks I saw this team grow as a whole. My child was smiling more, talking more, it was like his soul was set free from being inside so much during this pandemic. We can’t wait to come back for the next season!”
"Our family, ages 9 & up, love this place...
...with great lessons, lots of rentals, friendly and knowledgeable staff, the CBC is a community gem. We've done both youth camps and one on one lessons to build skills. I highly recommend it for novices and experienced boaters, alike. We also appreciate the focus on marine biology, ecology and sustainability for Bellingham Bay.”

Keelboat & Dinghy Sailing

"We're thrilled to be learning to sail in such a supportive environment...
Everyone has been friendly, helpful, and all with a good sense of humor! With a mission to get more people out on to Bellingham Bay to see-feel-witness an important part of the PNW environment, CBC is definitely heading in a great direction.”
"I was introduced to the CBC during the first summer of COVID...
My wife and I, new to town, learned to sail a keelboat on Bellingham Bay. Our instructor made this a fun and engaging educational experience! We have been back many times; to paddle board, kayak and, yes, to sail. The staff and volunteers at CBC have always worked hard to make our visits a special experience. Whether you are visiting or a long time B'hamster, if you wish to get out on the water, the CBC is the place to go!”
"I took the Beginner Dinghy Sailing class...
...it was excellent! I went from having NO experience sailing a boat to being able to sail one around the outskirts of the Bay. Instructors Harry and Anna were super knowledgeable and skillful and had great spirit. I would highly recommend the CBC. They're also a very community-oriented non-profit - what's not to like?”
"We took Beginner and Intermediate Keelboat Sailing classes...
...and found the staff professional and prompt. Special shout-out to our instructor, Harry, who was superb!! I've never sailed before and was nervous and our instructor's approach was encouraging and attentive to ensure everyone in our group got the best tips on how to improve. His friendly personality was an added bonus! I would highly recommend anyone considering lessons to sign up here. We look forward to renting their keelboats this season and putting to practice what we learnt! Thanks CBC team for making the entire process memorable."

Sea Kayaking

“I had a bad river kayaking accident a few years ago...
I felt super nervous about getting in the water. My instructor was amazing!!!! Super calming and walked us through each step prior to getting in the water. She made sure we all felt confident and safe and she made sure she answered all questions! By the end of the class I wanted to just stay in the water! I can't wait to take more classes! Thanks!!!” (Essentials of Sea Kayaking Student, Summer 2021).
"This was my first year with a season pass...
... and I also took the Essentials of Sea Kayaking class, so it was a big year. The CBC allowed me a way to experience Bellingham from a different point of view, a way to meet other people, a way to relax, and a way to improve my skills and confidence on the water. After a year and a half of the pandemic it was so wonderful to safely interact with other people. I learned to go with the flow and not fight the water. I can't wait to be back next year and keep improving my skills!”

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