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

Our Story

The Community Boating Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit fostering safe small-boat recreation on Bellingham Bay. The CBC was founded by a core of local small-watercraft enthusiasts in 2006 and began services to the public in 2007. The CBC 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, assisting with rentals, teaching educational classes, tabling at events, and serving as board and committee members.

Join Our Crew

View employment opportunities and Internships available at the CBC.

For employment opportunities, it is best to come and introduce yourself in person. Please bring in your resume and a cover letter. We conduct our annual hiring process in February, but accept resumes throughout the year, and keep them on file for reference at our next hiring period.

Our Crew

Our crew is one of our most valuable assets. Together, we use passion and community engagement to achieve the Community Boating Center's mission every day. Every task, no matter how small it may seem, is important at the CBC, and each crew member wears many hats.

Volunteers, board members, partner organizations, and other community figures also play a crucial role in bringing the CBC's mission to life.

staff profiles

Bryan Rust

The Community Boating Center’s Board of Directors is excited to welcome  Bryan Rust as the organization’s new Executive Director.  He takes the helm as we kick off our 2020 season, and has been dedicated to creating ways for our community to get on the water.

Bryan brings over 10 years of experience developing skill and passion for watersports in communities around the world. Most recently, Bryan served as Director of Programs at Sail Sand Point in Seattle, where he worked toward  a vision of inclusion and access.  During his tenure, he was responsible for pioneering an award-winning therapeutic recreation program, offering people with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities the opportunity to experience the profound benefits of being on the water. 

“Using wind and water to affect personal change in people has been the highlight of my career; the water consistently proves itself to be a remarkable therapist.”

Bryan originally learned to sail as a student at Western.  He joined the WWU Sailing team as a freshman and by the time he graduated, he was the captain of the team and competing around the country. After college Bryan spent extensive time traveling Central and South America, perfecting his spanish and teaching kiteboarding, windsurfing, sailing and surfing. He lived in Puerto Rico for three years before making his way back to the PNW. 

Bryan returns to Bellingham with his 1957 wooden boat, and first mate Hobie (the cat) and is very excited to, once again, call Bellingham home.  

“I am honored to be able to work toward such an incredible mission in such an incredible community. The legacy of CBC is visible and I’m very proud to be part of the important work that takes place here. Now more than ever, our communities need to feel connected and inspired by the experiences we offer. ”


Izzy Saylor

Operations Manger and Volunteer Coordinator

Izzy grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where at a young age she fell in love with the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Michigan, where she found her love for and connection to water. Three years ago she moved many miles to live near another beautiful body of water, the Salish Sea. She recently graduated from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. She is passionate about water rights and forestry policy/activism. She looks to reduce her footprint on our watershed everyday and hopes to instill the same urgency to do so in our community. She loves anything that gets her out on the water from kayaking and rafting to swimming and floating on a sunny day!

Amber is studying Environmental Policy with a minor in Political Science at Western Washington University. In her free time she enjoys biking, swimming, cooking, her big orange cat Mory, and of course sailing!


Chai was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and fell in love with watersports at a young age. He lives by Lake Whatcom, where he enjoys sailing and kayaking. Chai recently graduated from High School. Ever since taking his first sailing lesson in 2008(ish) he has been committed to the sport. Chai began his involvement with the Community Boating Center when he attended a youth summer camp several years ago. He not only returned to the following year's summer camp, but went on to become a Youth Camp Assistant Instructor in later years. When not helping out at the CBC, sailing or kayaking, Chai enjoys spending his time hiking with his dog, biking on Galbraith, or playing hockey or guitar.

Emily is a graduate of WWU. She is going for a masters in audiology. She sailed on the WWU team and has a passion for the water and making it accessible for all!

Sandy has been a dedicated steward of the water for many years. Sandy grew up on Orcas Island surrounded by sea life and the wonderful Salish Sea. Sailing is the equivalent to walking for Sandy. She sailed on the WWU sailing team and is study marine biology to continue her passion of the sea!

Nick was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, growing up sailing and enjoying marine wildlife within the coves of West Port Madison. Nick has always had a passion for and connection with sailing ever since he started at a young age. When off the water Nick enjoys other sports such as roller hockey and snowboarding on Mount Baker. He is currently a student at Western Washington University, focusing on Environmental Studies and marine stewardship within the Pacific Northwest. Nick is thankful to be a part of the Community Boating Center - being able to share his passion and knowledge of sailing while also promoting safe watercraft education.


Christine McCormick

Growing up on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin, Christine spent her early summers camping in sailboats, kayaking through the sea caves of the Apostle Islands, and canoeing through the multitude of lakes and rivers in the area. This instilled an early love for the natural world around us. After high school she moved to Utah in pursuit of water in the frozen form. She graduated from Utah State University with a Psychology major, Art minor and an unofficial degree in ski bumming. In the winter Christine works as an adaptive ski instructor in the Wasatch Range in Utah.  Seeing people fall in love with outdoor recreation is what drives Christine to instruct skiing and kayaking, and she feels grateful to be able to pursue her own passions while helping people explore in an environmentally conscious way. Christine also enjoys climbing, camping, backpacking, traveling, art, woodwork and learning new skills and hobbies!

Katy Coleman Staff Photo

Katy Coleman

Katy was born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming. Growing up in the mountains was the foundation for her love of the outdoors. She valued her time spent in nature and the connections created through those experiences. Katy moved to Bellingham in 2016 to attend Western Washington University where she now pursues a degree in Energy Science and Technology. As Katy explored the Pacific Northwest, she became fond of the beauty and uniqueness of the Salish Sea ecosystem. She especially enjoys paddling along our local coastlines in search of sea stars, harbor seals, and other curious aquatic creatures. Katy is currently a Trip Leader for WWU’s Outdoor Center and is a kayak instructor at WWU’s Lakewood boathouse facilities. She is passionate about teaching kayaking as well as supporting community development and inclusion in the outdoors. When she is not on the water, she enjoys jumping in Bellingham bay, trail running, skiing at Mt. Baker and romping around the San Juan Islands.

Community Boating Center Board of Directors

The CBC is guided by a dedicated and passionate Board of Directors.