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 summer 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 with an extensive set of full-day and half-day, week-long summer programs for children and teenagers who are looking for new adventures and challenges. Learn the basics of sailing or develop more advanced sailing skills; master paddling in a kayak or paddle board, swim and explore the beach and natural coastline.

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.

Bay Explorers – Full Day

A week in the Bay Explorers program will be filled with swimming, sailing, paddling, and exploring the amazing natural wonders around us.  The program is designed to provide 7-12 year-old participants access to a wide range of on-the-water activities.

The Bay Explorers program allows for discovery, learning, and play in an outdoor setting while promoting team work, respect, and environmental awareness. The daily schedule for the full-day program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once registered, participants will receive specific information about drop off/pick up protocols.Participants are required to be comfortable in open water while wearing a lifejacket.
Program cost: $225/week

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Beginner Sailing – Half Day

The OBC’s Beginner sailing program is a weekday, morning program from 9 AM until 12 PM for 8-12 year olds. It includes formal group sailing lessons aboard our fleet of RS Quest Dinghies. This session is designed for children with minimal or no previous sailing experience, with the goal of helping all participants become comfortable and knowledgeable while sailing.

Instruction includes basic sailing skills, parts of the boat, rigging, capsize recovery, basic navigation, and knots. It is intended to provide the opportunity for discovery, learning, and play in a dynamic nautical environment. In addition to nautical skills, the program encourages children to develop characteristics such as team work, self-reliance, and responsibility through activities on and off the water. Participants are required to be comfortable in open water while wearing a lifejacket.
Program cost: $125/week

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Paddle Adventure – Half Day

Paddle Adventure is a weekday morning program from 9 AM until 12 PM for 8-16 year olds. It is a paddling-exclusive program that includes kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and canoes. Participants will receive instruction on paddling technique, capsize recovery, and rescue. This program involves daily paddle expeditions and paddle-based games around Onset Bay and into the inland marshes.

Paddle Adventure allows for discovery, learning and play in an outdoor setting, but also develops and challenges preexisting skills and knowledge. Participants are required to be comfortable in open water while wearing a life jacket and capable of paddling for the duration of the program with regular breaks.
Program cost: $125/week

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Intermediate Sailing

Intermediate Sailing is a weekday afternoon program from 1 PM until 4 PM for 9-17 year olds. This program is designed to teach intermediate sailing skills to children with prior sailing experience. It is ideal for graduates of our beginner sailing program or similar programs. Participants are expected to have basic sailing knowledge and will be taught more advanced boat handling techniques and skills on board our fleet.

This program is intended to develop and challenge pre-existing sailing skills. In addition to advanced nautical skills, the program encourages children to develop characteristics such as responsibility and teamwork. Participants are required to have prior formal sailing instruction and be comfortable in open water while wearing a life jacket.
Program cost: $125/week

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High School Sailing

High School Sailing is a weekday afternoon program from 1 PM until 4 PM for 13-17 year olds. The program is designed to provide teenagers formal sailing instruction on each of our three types of sailboats. In addition to teaching sailing skills, the program encourages teenage participants to develop and display characteristics such as leadership, critical decision making, and responsibility through activities on and off the water. The sailing level is flexible given the participants, and the content is designed to introduce, develop and challenge sailing skills at all levels. Prior sailing experience is not required. Participants are required to be comfortable in open water while wearing a life jacket.
Program cost: $125/week

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Two sailboats in Onset Bay at a Buzzards Bay Coalition program


Payment & Registration Information

map of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound watershedsThe Onset Bay Center’s programs for youth will run in weekly sessions from late June through from mid-August. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required for all youth program applications. Program fees and required registration materials are due by May 31st.

Admission to the programs will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to 1.) residents of Wareham and the Village of Buzzards Bay first, 2.) the adjacent communities of Middleboro, Carver, and South Plymouth, second; and then 3.) all others who live in the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Scholarships are available and will be awarded based upon family income, on a first-come, first-served basis. As with admission, first priority will go to residents of 1.) residents of Wareham and the Village of Buzzards Bay, 2.) Middleboro, Carver, and South Plymouth, second; and then 3.) all others who live in the Buzzards Bay watershed.

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.

Session 1 – June 29 through July 3
Session 2 – July 6 through July 11
Session 3 – July 13 through July 17
Session 4 -July 20 through July 24
Session 5 – July 27 through July 31
Session 6 – August 3 through August 7
Session 7 – August 10 through August 14