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There are two paths to membership: Volunteer Coalition volunteers are all ages and backgrounds, but they share one important connection: a deep connection to Buzzards Bay. Fill out the online volunteer form to get involved today. Donate Buzzards Bay Coalition members are people like you who care about clean water in your community.    

Want a "staycation" for your kids? Look no further than our Youth Programs at the Onset Bay Center in Wareham. Because we want everyone to enjoy the bay, scholarships are available for qualified families. 

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!

After a limited-scale event in 2021, and no event in 2020, the Buzzards Bay Swim is back to full strength for its 29th annual affair this year on Saturday, June 18.