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.


Jesse Janicula

Jesse is a Georgia native, who as a young child developed a deep love and appreciation for the Appalachian Mountains while rambling through the forest outside his front door. Jesse always knew he wanted to work in the outdoors, and was lucky enough to make his passion his career when he graduated from Brevard College with a B.A. in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. This career led him to work for many industry leaders in outdoor recreation such as the Y.M.C.A., Outward Bound and the REI Outdoor School. As well, Jesse has thru hiked the Appalachian Trail, John Muir Trail, Colorado Trail and Long Trail, while also having climbed Denali and Aconcagua. Jesse is an ACA Level 2 Instructor Trainer as well as an ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor, a Level 2 SUP Instructor and an Adaptive Paddling Instructor. He is also a PADI Dive Master and loves to dive with sharks whenever possible. When not on the water kayaking or at CBC, Jesse can be found desperately trying to get his three year old daughter to like paddleboarding or hiking with his dog.

Rentals Staff

Growing up on Maui, Ian developed a very close relationship with the ocean, spending much of his time playing in the waves at a beach or paddling off shore in a canoe. At age 12, when he moved to Washington, he and his family were determined to keep the sea in their lives. They continued to paddle, finding love for the cold water of the Northwest, and occasionally even made surf trips to the coast. In high school Ian immersed himself in the technical sport of crew. He learned about its deep history and was thankful every moment he could be a part of it. Rowing showed him the competitive side of boating, and all its mechanisms that make it such a challenging technical sport. After finishing his rowing career and starting his education at Western, he began his next chapter on the sea at the Community Boating Center, a place that brought him back home to the true culture of the sea. He is thankful every day that he is able to assist in people’s adventures on the water, and even more thankful to have found a place where he can share his passions with so many similar people.


Kestrel Bailey

Waterfront Operations

Kestrel Bailey grew up on the San Juan Islands with an active seafaring family. When she was a teen her family ventured into eco-tourism with the purchase of a wooden boat company that leads tours in Alaska, the San Juans, and Baja. Spending time up in Alaska on the boat, Kestrel first learned to kayak, and what it looked like to guide other people on safe, fun, and educational adventures. She loved it, as it gave her a more intimate experience with the ocean and sea life. After spending several years in Grand Rapids for university, Kestrel returned to kayak guide for two summers on the San Juans. She also spent time working on a tall ship in Greece as the deckhand and student manager for an educational program for young adults on the Aegean sea. This opportunity gave her a better understanding of the beauty and challenges of being wind driven as an alternative to paddle sports. Upon moving to Bellingham in 2015, Kestrel quickly got involved with the CBC and has been working here during summers since then. Her time is now split between social services, running her own photography business, and working on the water- combining the three as often as she can. She can't wait for another summer on the water with the CBC!


Izzy Saylor

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 is currently a student of 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.

Isabel Mills Staff Photo

Isabel Mills

Originally from Anchorage Alaska, Isabel grew up with the mountains and the ocean on either side of her. She spent her childhood immersed in this nature hiking, fishing, hunting, and flying. As a college student at Whitman College, she studied Physics and Astronomy, originally intending to pursue a career in research. After graduating and spending 6 months traveling and volunteering on farms in Australia, she determined her true passions lay in community building, outdoor adventures, and education. With this in mind, she moved to Bellingham in pursuit of opportunities in outdoor and science education. As an Americorps volunteer, she discovered the Community Boating Center, and decided to pursue a position after realizing her passions aligned strongly with the organization.

Sail, Paddle, & Youth Instructors

Chai Spelchake staff photo

Chai Spelchake

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 currently attends Bellingham 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 or at school, Chai enjoys spending his time hiking with his dog, biking on Galbraith, or playing hockey or guitar.

Nick Dresel staff photo 2019

Nick Dresel

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.


Amber Crabb

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!


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.


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 at Snowbird. This is her first summer living in Bellingham and she is very excited to be working with the CBC, and reconnecting with her passion for kayaking. 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 has her Wilderness First Responder Certification, and also enjoys climbing, camping, backpacking, traveling, art, and construction.

Community Boating Center Board of Directors

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