The Community Boating Center is dedicated to getting people on the water and having fun, no matter if it's kayaking, paddle boarding, rowing, sailing, surf ski or by helping to maintain our waterways. Check out the organizations below that provide community, education and the means to get on the water, no matter how you enjoy the Salish Sea!

Kayaking

North Sound Sea Kayaking Association

The North Sound Sea Kayaking Association promotes the enjoyment and safety of kayaking through trips, training, social events, lectures and information exchange. From October through April, we meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Spruce Hall in Everett's Forest Park. Speakers present demonstrations, slide shows and videos, and lead discussions. Topics include boats and paddles, safety and seamanship, navigation, marine biology, and paddling adventure reports. Members and non-members are invited to our meetings. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will find friends and support for your sea kayaking adventures.

Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts

WAKE (Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts) is a non-profit, social kayaking organization based in Bellingham, WA. We encourage any adult who wants to paddle in the many areas of the Pacific Northwest to visit us. Our favorite is sea kayaking, however, we do have many whitewater kayakers as members. Because paddling conditions in the Pacific Northwest are typically cold, and fickle, WAKE emphasizes safety in all sponsored events, training and occasionally day paddles and trips, annual events and monthly meetings with speakers, addressing all subjects of paddling.

Seattle Sea Kayak Club

The Seattle Sea Kayak Club (SSKC) is where novices and experts swap stories, share kayaking info, and have fun doing it. SSKC has an informal social atmosphere which fosters opportunities to meet other paddlers. SSKC offers monthly meetings, monthly newsletters, and trips. We are not a large club. We don't even have business meetings or elections. We seek to maintain a friendly, personal type of atmosphere where club members can get acquainted easily.

Rowing and Outrigger

 Sound Rowers  

Sound Rowers Open Water Rowing and Paddling Club is a volunteer organization conducting open water races for world class and weekend athletes in any sea-worthy human powered water-craft. We sponsor races for kayaks, surf skis, rowing shells, rowboats, canoes, pedal boats and more throughout Puget Sound. There are more than a dozen different racing classes for all levels of competition, from recreational paddlers to Olympic athletes. Nonmembers are welcome to participate – all you need is a boat, a paddle, a PFD and whistle (required) and a nominal entry fee.

Whatcom Rowing Association

The Whatcom Rowing Association is a nonprofit, community-based rowing club that has served Whatcom County since 2011. We are dedicated to offering individuals of all ages the opportunity to learn the sport of rowing in a safe, fun and beautiful environment. WRA offers a variety of programs for all age groups and experience levels. We feel the positive attributes of rowing are tangible across a lifespan and we are passionate about providing access to all. Whether you have have previous experience or have never touched an oar we have something for you.

Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers

Established in 2011 - the Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers club (BBOP) has become a mainstay for helping to get our local communities out on the water on a regular basis. The club consists of Men, Women and Co-Ed competitive teams as well as a large Recreational group and a youth program dedicated to enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest ocean scenery.

Kai Pana Outrigger Canoe Club

Kai Pana Outrigger Canoe Club is a non-profit competitive racing club based out of Bellingham, Washington.
Megan Gebhardt and Tyler Irwin founded Kai Pana Outrigger Canoe Club in 2013 following a move from San Diego, California where they were involved in outrigger canoe racing with both, San Diego Outrigger Canoe Club and Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe Club. They felt the need to create a club that actively perpetuates the Polynesian sport of outrigger canoe racing and the culture that comes with it.
Kai Pana in Hawaiian translates to “Rhythm of the Ocean.” This name was chosen to symbolize the technique and mindset needed to paddle on the open ocean and how paddlers need to be in tune with the waters around them.

Yacht Clubs

Bellingham Yacht Club

Established in February of 1925, we are located on Bellingham Bay, at 2625 South Harbor Loop, in beautiful Bellingham, WA. We are proud to be Bellingham’s oldest yacht club. At about 370 members strong, we are an all volunteer club that is active in all aspects of boating: safety & education, cruising, racing, social and youth programs.

Sail and Power

  Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron

The United States Power Squadrons®, a non-profit organization, through the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron (BSPS), a local chapter, has served our community for over 60 years, teaching safer boating and organizing fun events.

Stewardship, Access and Environment

Washington Water Trails

Through advocacy, education, and stewardship, Washington Water Trails Association protects and promotes public access to Washington waterways, shorelines, and marine trails for human-powered watercraft. With our efforts, we want to inspire current and future generations to enjoy and take a greater role in protecting our water ways, and ensuring public access.

Safety

   US Coast Guard Auxiliary of Bellingham

Flotilla 11 (Bellingham, WA) is part of District 13, Division 1, of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. At an average of sixty-five members, we are a diverse group coming from all backgrounds and experience levels. Whether you're seventeen, long ago retired, or somewhere in-between, you'll find someone to connect with in Flotilla 11. As a flotilla, we work actively with the public, promoting recreational boating safety through classes, public events, and free vessel safety checks. We patrol the waters along the northern Puget Sound coastline and the San Juan Islands, keeping a watch and offering assistance to those in need.