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There is so much to experience at Onset Bay Center! Whether you are a beginner or highly-experienced, you’ll find activities you’ll love on or off the water! Onset Bay Center offers a full-slate of water sport activities including sailing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking. You can also get involved from the beach and the dock with fishing, beach yoga, or exploration activities throughout the year!

Adult and Family Programs Fall 2022: Register Here!

Adult Sailing Sessions: Saturdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm until Oct. 29, $50/session
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of getting out on the bay! Join highly experienced sailing instructors for this Saturday morning program from 9:30 am-12:00 pm for all adults age 18+. The program is designed to provide adults formal sailing instruction on our fleet of sailing vessels. The sailing level is flexible given the participants present, and the content is designed to introduce, develop and challenge sailing skills at all levels. See “Activities” page for dates and to register!

Adaptive Sailing Sessions: Saturday Oct. 1, Saturday Oct. 22, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, $50/session
Join us for our Adaptive Sailing Class for people of varying physical abilities. At our location, the Onset Town Pier is not wheelchair accessible, so participants should be able to walk down a few stairs, down a ramp, and then step into our 25’ Drascombe Gig from the dock. Instructors for the class are very capable sailors on the water and are ready to offer a helping hand to assist in boarding and disembarking. The Gig sailboat is extremely stable and does not require much movement to sail it with help of an instructor. The boat will lean over in stronger winds so participants should be prepared for this experience. The program is available to sailors of all skill levels, from first-timers to expert sailors. See “Activities” page for dates and to register! 

Powerboating Fundamentals: Saturdays from 10:00 am-3:00 pm until Oct. 29, $100/session
If you’re looking to learn how to operate a small powerboat safely, this is the course for you. You’ll be taught by experienced powerboat drivers, learning everything from preparing your boat to setting off, maneuvering and understanding weather information. Learn to operate safely in the beautiful Onset Bay! See “Activities” page for dates and to register! 

Explore Paddling: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm until Oct. 11, $20/session
Join OBC instructors, and paddle all around our beautiful bay with like-minded watersport lovers, hone your skills, and discover all that Onset Bay has to offer. Participants can have their choice of kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard for the evening. All equipment is provided.  See “Activities” page for dates and to register!

Explore Windsurfing: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm until Oct. 11, $20/session
Thinking of taking up windsurfing? You’ve come to the right place. Windsurfing is an exhilarating sport. With instruction, the basics will quickly become second nature, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start years ago! Explore Windsurfing is for complete beginners, covering everything you need to know to get afloat under supervision. See “Activities” page for dates and to register! 

Explore Snorkeling: Sundays from 2:00-3:00 pm until Oct. 9, $20/session
Test the water with an Explore Snorkeling session! If you have never tried snorkeling before, then the best place to start is an Explore Snorkeling session in the beautiful, clear waters of Onset Bay. Explore Snorkeling is a fun trial session where your instructor will introduce you to the basic snorkeling kit and skills. See “Activities” page for dates and to register! 

Sunrise Paddle:Fridays from 6:30-7:30 pm until Oct. 14, $20/session
Have you ever experienced the beautiful sunrises over Onset Bay? Come join us for a paddle and see for yourself! The program meets at 6:30am at the Onset Bay Center flagpole. Participants can have their choice of kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard for the paddle. All equipment is provided. See “Activities” page for dates and to register!

Family Sail Sessions:  Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm or 5:30-6:30 pm Sept. & Oct.
Curious about sailing, but aren’t sure where to begin? Sign up for a Wednesday evening session to try it out! This beginner and family friendly course offers a trip aboard our 12-person Drascombe Gig as you experience Onset Bay in a whole new way! This is a FREE program. See “Activities” page for dates and to register! 

Sunday Sail Sessions: Sundays from 10:00-11:00 am or 12:00-1:00 pm until Oct. 23, $20/person
If weekdays aren’t convenient for your schedule, we’ve got you covered! Curious about sailing, but aren’t sure where to begin? This beginner and family friendly course offers a trip aboard our 12-person Drascombe Gig as you experience Onset Bay in a whole new way! Cost is $20/person. See “Activities” page for dates and to register! 

Family Fun Around the Bay: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm until Oct. 25, FREE
Get out and discover YOUR Onset Bay with OBC staff. Learn about the beautiful nature that surrounds us with engaging activities around the water. Open to children and families of all ages, this event series is ongoing throughout September and October. Activities vary week-to week, and may include any of the following: fishing and crabbing; beach exploration and play; shell, plant, and animal identification; nature arts & crafts; bay ecology exploration; or environmental action efforts. See “Activities” page for dates and to register!

Snorkeling

It’s easy to see the appeal of exploring Buzzards Bay from a boat or a beach— but you may be surprised by how much more the Bay has to offer just below the surface! With the help of just a mask and a snorkel, anyone can get familiar with the fishes and crabs, snails and sea stars hiding on sandy bottoms, in seagrass meadows, and along rocky coastlines. Don a pair of fins for the maneuverability to explore, or laze on a float to relax as you appreciate these marine vistas.

If you and your kids are new to snorkeling and want to get familiar with the sensation, look out for one of our Learn to Snorkel events during the summer!

Aiyana Monteiro, age 10, is knee-deep in water off the beach at Onset’s Burgess Point, and she’s caught something: she splashes triumphantly towards shore with her fist in the air, closed around a massive blue and gray shell. Once onshore, she proudly announces that she knows what it is — she recently learned that this type of shell holds a type of clam called a quahog.

The Coalition is launching a full schedule of free outdoor activities for the summer, aiming to connect people to outdoor fun on Buzzards Bay and its watershed lands.

It’s beach season, and there’s nowhere better to be than Buzzards Bay! From sandy spots to rocky shores, Buzzards Bay’s coast is lined with beaches where swimmers, boaters, and families can jump into the Bay’s cool waters.

We think all of Buzzards Bay’s beaches are special. But a few stand out as particularly great destinations to enjoy the sand, salt, and surf. Here are ten Buzzards Bay beaches we love, listed in order from west to east. Some of these are crowd favorites, while others are hidden gems waiting for you to discover.