The Captain's a Woman
Join one of CBC's founders - Captain Deb Dempsey, as she recounts her experiences as the first woman to graduate from a US maritime or military academy, her rescue of a drifting freighter that earned her every major American maritime award, and her previous work as a pilot on the Columbia River Bar.
Beach and Coastal Restoration in Bellingham & Beyond
Join Jim Johannessen for an overview of early industrial development on Bellingham Bay and hear about our communities efforts to restore “wild” over the past 25 years. Learn about estuary and beach enhancement projects that improve nearshore habitat and create more waterfront access. We will discuss a few different well known sites including Fairhaven‘s Marine Park, Boulevard Park, Waypoint Park, and Little Squalicum Park – all of which have undergone incredible transformations that were designed and implemented by our presenter.
Community Member Feedback
"The Bioluminescence kayak tour was amazing! It was more of a workout than I was expecting since most of our group was young and athletic, but it was worth every stroke. It was late, but I would love to have stayed longer. I will definitely be doing this again later in the season when the sun sets earlier! I have also taken the dinghy sailing class here, and it was a wonderful experience. The instructors are a lot of fun, and really know their boats."
"Favorite Place for Boat Classes and Rentals! Our family ages 9 and up love this place-great lessons, lots of rentals. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. We've done both youth camps and one on one lessons to build skills. Highly recommend for novices to advanced. We also appreciate the focus on marine biology, ecology and sustainability for Bellingham Bay."
"Had a blast with dingy sailing! My friend was unable to make her intro to dinghy sailing class and gifted me her spot, which was an answer to a big wish of mine. I've been wanting to get into dingy sailing! The class was great. I have experience sailing, so the classroom instruction was review for me, but the time on the water and learning about the Quest boats was awesome. It was also really great to have a class of women to learn with! Fun times on the water!"
"Professional and high quality team! We took beginner and intermediate sailing lessons 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 - Harry'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. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾"
"A TURE GEM! CBC is a gem!- My 8 year old participated in a camp a few days a week he could not stop talking about the kayaking, sailing, exploring!! The staff is super friendly and accommodating. Will be back to rent and explore soon. Highly recommend !!"
"What an amazing experience! Booking though the CBC is a breeze and our guide, Dash, was the best! He made us feel safe and comfortable on the water while teaching us some great techniques! Loved our class, can’t wait to take more. Thanks CBC and Dash!"
"Wonderful place. The staff are super friendly and can help you learn to get on the water safely in a variety of different boats. Kayaks, sailboats, rowboats, you name it. They offer great classes to improve your skills or if you just want to check out Bellingham Bay for a day they have fabulous guide-led paddles. I HIGHLY recommend the bioluminescence paddle - it's a nighttime one best in late summer with no moon. Go check them out and get on the water!"
"Superb Exploration with Harry the instructor and the CBC! We LOVED our outing on the water with instructor Harry, and the Community Boat Center. He provided clear communication, he was positive, and worked well with our family. We knew we were in safe hands with his skill levels, and his abilities. We made our reservations with Sara, and she was a clear communicator, and helped us plan. You will be rewarded with views, wildlife, outstanding company, and great gear. This is a place you'll need to visit if in Bellingham."