Fall After-School on the Water
The Community Boating Center is excited to offer after school programming this fall. We want to create a space for kids to get outside and recreate on Bellingham Bay, while building confidence on the water. This program will consist of sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding while integrating the themes of marine stewardship, STEM and leave no trace.
All Community Boating Center programs are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our staff have CPR/First Aid/AED certifications who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.
Session 1: 9/1, 9/3, 9/8, 9/10 3:30pm-6:30pm
Session2: 9/15, 9/17, 9/22, 9/24 3:30pm-6:30pm
Session 1: 8/31, 9/2, 9/7 & 9/9 3:30pm-6:30pm
Session 2: 9/14, 9/16, 9/21, 9/23 3:30pm-6:30pm
Session 3: 9/28, 9/30, 10/5, 10/7 3:30pm-6:30pm
Session 4: 10/12, 10/14, 10/19, 21 3:30pm-6:30pm
Session 1: 9/1, 9/3, 9/8, 9/10 4:00pm-7:00pm
Session 2: 9/15, 9/17, 9/22, 9/24 4:00pm-7:00pm
Session 3: 9/29, 9/1, 10/6, 10/8 4:00pm-6:30pm
Session 4: 10/13, 10/15, 10/21, 10/22 4:00pm-6:30pm
Session 1: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 3:30pm-7:00pm
Session 2: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 3:30-6:30pm
Does my child need to know how to swim to participate in a after school programming?
A swim check is required for all students participating in our programs. The check consists of jumping off the end of the dock without a life jacket, swimming to a nearby buoy, treading water, and putting a life jacket on while treading water. This test helps ensure the safety of all our campers. This is the standard requirement as set forth by US Sailing. All students should demonstrate a comfort level in and around the water during the swim test. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to practice this with their child prior. We also encourage parents to sign their children up for swim lessons or a swim test at a local pool. Campers who do take a swim test at a pool should aim to be at least at a Youth Level 3 swimming capability.
*Kindergarten-2nd graders to not require a swim test.
What does my child need for after school programming?
Regardless of the weather and the forecast, you should prepare your child for all kinds of weather, and every day your child should be prepared to swim in the chilly waters of Bellingham Bay. The CBC provides “shorty” wetsuits but you’ll need to provide the following to help ensure that your child has a great experience:
T-shirt (cotton is OK)
Fleece or light jacket
Shoes that can be worn while swimming (boat shoes are not necessary)
Dry shoes for the car ride home
Required Personal Gear:Water bottle with at least 1 qt. of water
Medications needed during the day
Optional Personal Gear:Sunglasses with safety cord
Lip sun block