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!

The Onset Bay Center’s summer 2020 program schedule kicks off with sailing and paddling programs designed for people with a range of experience, from first-timers to intermediate sailors and casual paddlers.

Please Note: The Onset Bay Center is excited about the launch of its first full summer of programs and registration for all our offerings remains open. We, along with everyone, are closely monitoring decisions made by public health and school officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event that the Onset Bay Center must postpone or cancel its 2020 summer programs, please know that we will issue you a full refund.

Adult First Sail

Three white sailboats with white and green sails in a line on calm water.

Adult First Sail is designed as an introductory exposure to the sport of sailing to adults with little or no sailing experience. While not a formal lesson, adults will sail Onset Bay with an instructor, participate in rigging and sailing activities, and drive either our RS Quests or ODay DaySailor boats. This is ideal for anyone wondering about sailing, has never been sailing before, or is thinking about taking more lessons. First Sail occurs every Monday evening in the summer from 6:00 p.m. until sunset, and concludes at the Quahog Republic Waterfront Eatery across the street. Participants are required to be comfortable in open water while wearing a life jacket.
Program cost: free, one session per person.

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Adult Lessons

Formal Adult sailing lessons are offered each week in two-day sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Lessons are in tandem and participants sign up for a Monday and Wednesday evening together. The content is accelerated and flexible for the participants in a given week, but generally includes rigging, steering, sail trim, docking, and capsize recovery. Participants are required to be comfortable in open water while wearing a life jacket.
Program Cost: $50 per week

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Adult Paddle Tours

Each Tuesday evening OBC will host sunset and full moon Kayak paddle tours from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in partnership with Nemasket Kayak Center. Participants will tour Onset Bay with professional instructors while enjoying the beautiful scenery that Onset has to offer. This event is expected to fill up and early registration is required. Participants are required to be comfortable in open water while wearing a life jacket.
Program Cost: $60 per week

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Payment & Registration Information

The Onset Bay Center’s programs for adults will run in weekly sessions from late June through from mid-August. To register, select the date of your choice from the menu below and complete the registration process. A confirmation email containing important participant information will be sent once your application has been processed.

Adult First Sail Adult Sailing Lessons Paddle Tours
Session 1 – June 29 – July 3
Session 2 – July 6 – 11
Session 3 – July 13 – 17
Session 4 -July 20 – 24
Session 5 – July 27 – 31
Session 6 – August 3 – 7
Session 7 – August 10 – 14
Session 8 – August 17 – 21
Session 1 – June 29 – July 3
Session 2 – July 6 – 11
Session 3 – July 13 – 17
Session 4 -July 20 – 24
Session 5 – July 27 – 31
Session 6 – August 3 – 7
Session 7 – August 10 – 14 
Sunset – June 24
Sunset – July 1
Full Moon – July 5
Sunset – July 8
Sunset – July 15
Sunset – July 22
Sunset – July 29
Full Moon – Aug. 3
Sunset – Aug. 5
Sunset – Aug. 12
Full Moon – Sept. 2