General FAQs

CBC has developed a list of our most popular Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for your convenience. If you have any questions concerning our FAQs, please contact us at 401-454-7245 or We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. Thank you!

What is Community Boating Center?

Founded as a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization, CBC offers a variety of opportunities that allow the general public to experience the thrill of sailing and paddling in upper Narragansett Bay.

CBC began operating in 1994 by a group of local sailors who wanted to share their passion for sailing with others. We believe that sailing should not be limited to the privileged few. Instead, we feel that the joy, freedom, and responsibility of sailing should be available to everyone, regardless of income or background.

CBC offers outreach, lessons, and affordable access to Narragansett Bay. Adults join as a member, take lessons (or a challenge test), sail and kayak all season for no extra fee, and take guests (age 5+) FREE! Youth sail in supervised classes or events.

What is Your Mission?

Our mission is to provide instruction and access to recreational sailing for all, with an emphasis on children, without regard to financial situation. We will do so by providing programs to: Build self-esteem, broaden horizons, and advance environmental awareness. CBC will nurture a true sense of community in which the diversity of the urban environment is respected & encouraged.

Where is Community Boating Center Located?

CBC is on the water in India Point Park in Providence. (109 India Street). Classes are held in the Harry Carr Memorial Boathouse on raised pilings at the west end of the park.

How Do I Get to Community Boating Center By Car?

Getting to CBC has never been easier! Direct highway access to India Street and the India Point Footbridge are now open!

— From I-95 North -Take exit 19, I-195 E.
— From I-95 South -Take exit 20, I-195 E.

From I-195 East
— Take exit 1A (old exit 2), India Street
— Turn right on India St. (follow sign to “Boating Center”)
— CBC is 1st bldg. on left. (green roof, raised pilings)

From I-195 West
— Take exit 1C (old exit 2), South Main St.
— Turn left onto Pike Street (immediately)
— Turn left onto South Water St. – Stay in right lane under highway underpass
— Turn left onto India Street
— CBC is next building on right. (green roof, raised pilings)

How Do I Get to CBC by Bus or Trolley?

Take Bus #34 or Green Line Trolley #92 to Wickenden St.
— Walk over India Point footbridge to India Point Park
— At park, turn right, walk .1 miles.
— CBC is first building on the water. (green roof, raised pilings)

Can My Child Arrive By Launch or Bicycle?

Parents/guardians are required to fill out the Child Pickup Authorization on the application and may indicate if a child will be arriving/departing other than by car, or by someone other than the parent/guardian.

Do You Offer Financial Assistance?

Financial assistance is available for all CBC youth sailing programs. A separate application form is required. Contact CBC for details.

How Do I Sign up for Lessons?

Anyone can join. You don’t need any experience to take our Beginner class. Experienced sailors may choose one of our more advanced classes. There is a fee for membership and classes. Providence residents may qualify for a reduced membership. Youth sailors must be age 7-16. Ages 16-18 may take adult lessons.

How Do I Take a Challenge Test?

A skills check-out test is required for each boat class you wish to use. The test is required of all members to participate in CBC open sailing or paddling. Tests are given daily, in-season at 1:30, 3:30, and 5:30 pm.

Do You Offer Private Lessons?

Private lessons are offered as an intro to a new boat or for those who do not have the schedule to enroll in one of our classes. Private lessons are available at a rate of $75/hour with a two-hour minimum per session and must be scheduled with the Director.

Do You Sail if it’s Raining?

Classes are held in all kinds of weather — even rain. In the event of a threat of severe storm or hurricane, class participants will be called at home, and informed of the decision to cancel class.

What if I’m Late or Sick?

Please call 401-454-SAIL (7245) and let us know you will be late or out for the day, so that the class Instructor can be informed.

What if I Have Special Needs or Medications?

Please indicate any special needs, learning differences, or medication(s) on your application. You may also speak with the Director or class Instructor with any concerns or input to help you or your child have a positive and rewarding experience at CBC.

Who Should I Talk to with a Concern or Issue?

The class Instructor should be your first stop for resolving daily issues. Serious concerns may be brought to the Director. The best time to talk is at the end of class. Otherwise, please call to schedule a follow-up.

What if My Child is Reluctant to Come to Class?

Fear, an incident with a classmate, or simply being tired can affect a student’s drive to attend class. Our instructors are trained to help motivate students to get out on the water and have fun. Ask us to help.

What if My Child Gets Hurt?

Any time an instructor administers first aid, an injury report will be completed. A slip indicating the nature of the injury and the treatment that was given will be sent home with the student.

What is Your Cancellation Policy?

Membership fees are non-refundable. Class cancellations received prior to two weeks before the start of class will incur a $30 administrative fee and the remaining balance will be refunded. Class attendees will not be reimbursed for missed classes.