Community Boating Center

Teaching positive life values to youth through boating

Humanity has always believed that water has healing and transformative powers. Throughout time, civilizations have looked to the water for physical harmony, spiritual guidance, and wisdom. Biologist Wallace J. Nichols believes we all have a “blue mind” and that water holds power to unlock untapped potential.

“Water has the power to trigger a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in that moment. We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken.”

Humanity has always believed that water has healing and transformative powers. Throughout time, civilizations have looked to the water for physical harmony, spiritual guidance, and wisdom. Biologist Wallace J. Nichols believes we all have a “blue mind” and that water holds power to unlock untapped potential.
“Water has the power to trigger a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in that moment. We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken.”

11th Hour Racing has awarded a grant of $20,000 to support CBC’s Ocean Stewardship program. The new program is an expansion of CBC’s year-round Sailing into Knowledge STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programming. The grant allows CBC educators to work with New Bedford Public School students at Sea Lab throughout the school year and to improve their instructor training program that draws teenagers from the community, through boating programs, and develops them into ocean stewards and leaders.
Social Innovation Forum (SIF), a Boston-based connector and catalyst for social change, has selected Community Boating Center (CBC) for the 2018 cohort of the Social Innovator Accelerator. CBC is one of eight innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations in greater Boston that will receive access to more than $150,000 in cash and capacity-building services from SIF and its partners over the next 24 months. We were selected for this honor from a pool of 155 applicants for our unique approach to addressing education in New Bedford.

What we do

A Place for everyone

Here at CBC, we believe all children, regardless of means, deserve a SAFE and FUN environment in which they can excel as individuals and as part of a community. CBC provides such a place. We embrace our mission to teach youth positive life values through boating.

Donations support the essential programs CBC provides to the youth of Greater New Bedford. Our Summer youth sailing program and the school year educational programs (Sailing-into-Knowledge and Boats-by-Kids) are all supported by the gifts YOU make to CBC. Please consider donating now.

2017 in Numbers

Boats Built

Greater New Bedford Youths Served

Youths Employed

Programs Delivered

Our Programs

Our programs are designed to be a step by step process in character development, by using boating as a tool to help instill important life lessons in our students. Taught by US SAILING Certified Instructors, CBC introduces students to a safe, fun and nurturing learning environment where they can experience the value of team work in a healthy and challenging activity.

Boats-By-Kids

We teach math and engineering to students by building boats.

Sailing Into Knowledge

The weather above, the water below, everything in-between and on the boat can provide daily, real-world science lessons.

Summer Youth Sailing

Every time a student steps into a boat, pulls the tiller, or trims a sail they are experiencing hands on, powerful lessons.

Instructor Training Program

The Community Boating Instructor Training Program aspires to develop the next generation of young leaders for our communities

Our Team, Our Stories

There are many exciting things going on at CBC this year. Check out what we have been up to on our blog, and meet the team that makes everything happen.

CBC Blog

Posts written by our staff, keeping you up to date with CBC happenings.

Our Team

Meet our team that makes this all possible.
What CBC Means to our Community
Parents have expressed what CBC has meant to them and their children:

“I can’t thank CBC enough for everything they have done for my family. My girls have been with them for years and now it has turned into a steady job for my oldest. They are such good people. They have given my kids an opportunity I would never be able to financially afford & for that I am so thankful.”

“My granddaughter and great nephew have had such an awesome sailing experience; they have grown leaps and bounds as sailors thanks to the greatest sailing school. Hats off to CBC!”

“CBC is the best program ever!! My son has been with CBC for years and years. It’s the highlight of his summer. CBC not only teaches about boating and sailing, it teaches one how to respect the ocean, the importance of teamwork, trust and friendship. We want to thank everyone for their dedication, professionalism, passion and hard work. We appreciate everything you do !!”

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