Adult and Family Programs

The Onset Bathhouse serves as the base for a busy schedule of active, on-the-water programs that are focused on providing the opportunity to explore new interests, make new friends and deepen appreciation for the incredible natural resources of the Bay. The Buzzards Bay Coalition will offer an array of free programs for adults and families, as well as free and low-cost programs for kids.

Special Programs

Boat Safety for Beginners. Interested in operating a boat? Get the knowledge needed to operate a boat safely and receive a NASBLA certificate offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and hosted by the Onset Bay Center. The course will cover introduction to boating, boating law, safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, boating problems and trailering and protecting your boat. Registration is limited to 15 people. The course text is $10.00 and payment will be due at the start of the session. Saturday, Oct. 3., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Yoga on Onset Beach. Enjoy a relaxing Friday evening of yoga on Onset Beach led by Ebb & Flow Wellness in partnership with the Buzzards Bay Coalition. You’ll get the chance to relax while enjoying a beautiful view of the water during this hour-long outdoor yoga session. The cost of the session is $15. Please bring a blanket, water, and a beach towel instead of a mat.

Register Now (select date): 9/25 | 10/2 | 10/9 | 10/16 | 10/23 | 10/30

Free Programs

Family Learn to Shellfish Learn how to dig your own quahogs (hard clams) from Onset Bay! During this free event at Burgess Point with the Onset Bay Center, we’ll teach you the basics of local quahogging: what you need, how to do it, and where to go. This will be a fun and educational activity for the whole family! Saturdays at 3 p.m.
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Register Now (select date): 9/26 | 10/17

Instructional Rowing
Interested in rowing, but do not know where to start? Join Lee Socorro from Buzzards Bay Rowing Club for an instructional session on the OBC’s Bevins Skiffs. Topics include basic boat layout, rowing vocabulary, steering, and safety. Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Register Now (select date): 9/21 | 9/28 | 10/5 | 10/12 | 10/19 | 10/30 | 11/2 |

SUP Around Onset Bay
Onset Bay Center staff will lead participants on a paddle board trip around Onset Bay. Paddleboards, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Register Now (select date): 9/16 | 9/23 | 9/30 | 10/7 | 10/14
Adult Open Row
Get rowing on Onset Bay with one of our four 12-foot Bevin Skiffs available for use at the Onset Bay Center. Perfect for the novice or seasoned rower. Boats and oars will be ready to launch at the dock at Onset Beach. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
To reserve a boat, contact OBC Director Kat Garofoli by calling 508-999-6363 ext 227.

Paddle Around Onset Bay
Join the Onset Bay Center Director for a kayak tour of Onset Bay. We will be setting off from Onset Beach, and exploring Coalition properties such as Wickets Island and Burgess Point! This program will help you get familiar paddling. All equipment will be provided. Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Register Now (select date): 9/17 | 9/24 | 10/1 | 10/8

General information

Each session will start at the Onset Bathhouse located at 186 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA. Metered parking is available on Onset Pier or free parking is available at Hines Field.

All program participants and staff must wear masks throughout the session. Masks may be lowered while on the water during active boat maneuvering. Staff will set up measures to maintain social distancing guidelines of 6’ separation at all times during the start, launch, and wrap up of a session. Participants will be asked to sanitize their hands at the beginning and end of the session, and any other time deemed necessary.

The safety and health of program participants are a priority for the Onset Bay Center staff. The 2020 weekly programs have been designed with social distancing and sanitation in mind. All program equipment, including life jackets, are disinfected after each use. Learn more and access the program waiver form.