Adult and Family Programs

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is thrilled to be opening our new headquarters at the Onset Bay Center (OBC) for summer 2020. The Onset Bathhouse will serve 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. First and foremost, however, these programs for kids and for adults and families are designed for fun!

Free Programs

Kayak and Yoga Excursion to Wickets Island
Reach your Zen on this one of a kind kayak trip. Take a peaceful paddle with the OBC staff over to Wickets Island where you will meet with a trained yoga instructor from Ebb & Flow Wellness. The yoga instructor will lead the small group through guided yoga instruction for 45 minutes on the grassy top of Wickets Island. Kayaks, life jackets, and paddles will be provided. Please bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable, quick drying clothes. Class size limited to 12 participants on a first come first serve basis. Mondays at 8 a.m. and Fridays at 3 p.m.
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Open Rowing
Get rowing on Onset Bay with one of four- 12’ Bevin Skiffs available for use at the OBC. Perfect for the novice or seasoned rower. Boats and oars will be ready to launch at the dock at Onset Pier. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
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Sunset Paddle
Join the OBC staff on a sunset Kayak paddle tour around Onset Bay. Learn about the land that the Buzzards Bay Coalition has protected and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Onset has to offer. Kayaks, life jackets, and paddles will be provided. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
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Family Open Sail
The OBC’s O’Day Day Sailor will be available for up to four people of the same household to sail around Onset Bay. This program is geared toward people who have sailing experience. Families must confirm, via sailing questionnaire that they are from the same household and have sailing experience. Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
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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. Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m.
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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.