401Gives – 4/1

401 Gives

Ready to Lend a Helping Hand? | 401Gives

401Gives is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. 401Gives is an initiative of United Way of Rhode Island. Please support us with a donation on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 6AM to 6AM. 24 hours. It’s on “401”!

We’re counting down the days to April 1st and 401Gives. We need your help to make our campaign a success, and we’ve included a few easy ways that you can support us.

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COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members,

We can’t change the wind – but we can adjust our sails…

We are currently accepting applications for adult memberships.
Adult open (recreational) boating runs from from 6/06* – 10/11, 4-7 pm weekdays, 1-7 pm weekends.

*Pending Reopening RI Phase II approval and opening of Providence Parks parking areas.

We are currently accepting applications for our summer camps.
There has never been a more important time to offer youth healthy, outdoor activities to relieve stress, socialize, and provide much-needed fun, learning structure and exercise. Sailing and paddling are inherently social-distancing. Enhanced with new rules and procedures based upon best practices, we look forward to opening 6/29 under the guidance and approval of our greatly appreciated state and local leadership.

We need your help! Please share our many healthy, summer outdoor youth sailing and paddling camps and lesson opportunities with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues with kids (and adults) looking to get outside, have fun, and enjoy an Ocean State adventure right in your own backyard.

Although CBC is not offering after-school programs at this time, we are closely monitoring our charter school and PPSD partners’ plans and will do our best to keep you posted of our schedules for the start up of the spring and/or summer sailing seasons.

Additionally, to ensure the safety of all our employees and due to the requirements set forth by local and state municipalities regarding public gatherings we are suspending CBC facility rentals and events until further notice.

We will continue to “adjust our sails” and update you as this current public health crisis evolves. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Stay safe and healthy,

John O’Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center

401-454-SAIL (7245)

COVID-19 Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH): https://health.ri.gov/data/covid-19/

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE):https://www.ride.ri.gov/InsideRIDE/AdditionalInformation/Covid19.aspx

United Way: https://www.uwri.org/2-1-1/

City of Providence website: http://www.providenceri.gov/

Providence Public Schools website: https://www.providenceschools.org/

EcoAdventure Camps


NEW EcoAdventure Camps – 1 week

Fun, flexible, one-week format, daily sailing and paddling adventures. Through guided excursions and hands-on experiments, we’ll explore how environmental choices we make on land affect our impact on the sea. We embrace the science of the sea, help protect it from seen and unseen threats, and learn how current behavior affects future outcomes.

EcoAdventureEcoAdventure Summer Camp
(ages 7-16)

Join the fun & adventure with daily sailing, kayaking, or paddleboarding. We’ll take long-distance picnic cruises, enjoy fun on-the-water games & scavenger hunts, and experience hands-on environmental lessons.

  • On-the-water, taught in 14’ & 21′ sailboats, kayaks, & paddleboards!
  • Prerequisite: CBC Youth Membership, Age 7-16*
  • Course goal: Flexible, 1-week schedule of water adventures
  • Course fee: $300.00 (meets 5 days/wk. for 1 week only)
  • SALE! – Join online before 4/1 and SAVE $25


ADV-Y1, 6/22 – 6/26, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!
ADV-Y2, 6/29 – 7/03, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!
ADV-Y3, 7/06 – 7/10, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!
ADV-Y4, 7/13 – 7/17, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!
ADV-Y5, 7/20 – 7/24, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!
ADV-Y6, 7/27 – 7/31, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!
ADV-Y7, 8/03 – 8/07, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!
ADV-Y8, 8/10 – 8/14, M-F, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – REGISTER NOW!

*Youth may be separated by age in each session.
**Swim check (50 yrd.) at B&G Club pool, or proof of swimming required.
Prefer paper? Download our application package

11th Hour Racing Grant

11th Hour Racing Funds CBC Sailorship and STEM Program

11th Hour Racing11th Hour Racing has awarded a grant to Community Boating Center’s (CBC) after-school and summer programs that use the fun and excitement of sailing to encourage students to focus on higher levels of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) academic achievements, environmental connection, and career ambitions.

Community OutreachCBC’s youth summer scholarship program provides funding for low to moderate-income children and teens to attend sailing and paddling lessons at CBC. Additionally, this project will partner with Providence public schools, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Sophia Academy to develop mentorships that provide quality, out-of-school-time programming that promotes physical, social, and emotional well-being for underserved, at-risk youth in Providence public and independent/charter schools.


  • Provide access to the week-long Youth ‘Sailorships’ Summer Program, providing on-water STEM education activities for 34 students from Providence public schools.
  • Engage over 100 students in twice-weekly after-school and summer STEM education through a four-week sailing program.
  • CBC utilizes US Sailing REACH curriculum, along with lessons on local water quality and marine debris, to inspire environmental stewardship of natural resources such as Narragansett Bay.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail and paddle. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront.

Instructors Wanted!


Community Boating Center (CBC) has the following open job opportunities for our spring (March – June), summer (June – Aug), and fall (Sept. – Nov.) 2019 seasons:

STEM Educator

The STEM Educator administers an ongoing STEM program including short-term planning, organizing, leading, teaching, and controlling program activities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The STEM Educator performs a wide range of duties including some or all of the following:

Plan the Program

  • Plan the daily delivery of the overall program and its activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of the organization

Organize the Program

  • Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization
  • Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards
  • Develop and/or maintain forms and records to document program activities
  • Oversee the collection and maintenance of records on the clients of the program for statistical purposes according to the confidentiality/privacy policy of the organization

Lead the Program

  • Ensure all staff members receive daily orientation and appropriate training in accordance with organizational and industry standards
  • Supervise program staff by providing direction, input and feedback
  • Communicate with clients and other stakeholders to gain community support for the program and to solicit input to improve the program
  • Liaise with other managers to ensure the effective and efficient program delivery
  • Coordinate the delivery of services among different program activities to increase effectiveness and maximize efficiency

Teach the Program

  • Prepare daily lesson plans for classroom and on-the-water instruction following curriculum guidelines set by the Executive Director, and US Sailing.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills to provide students and members with positive feedback to reinforce safe sailing procedures, hands-on STEM instruction, and sailing fun.
  • Responsible for shore-side and on-the-water instruction, boat safety inspections, student evaluations, and daily program safety.
  • Work with Jr. Sailing Instructors and volunteers in training capacity to foster future Instructor candidates.

Control the Program

  • Provide data to the Executive Director for written reports on the program for clients and/or funders
  • Communicate with clients and/or funders as outlined in funding agreements
  • Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control the risks
  • Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework
  • Report evaluation findings to the Executive Director and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate


  • Education – Must posses or be working towards a University degree in a related subject
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – Program management/ education, STEM background
  • Experience – 3 to 5 years experience in a related field
  • Working Conditions – Office and on-the-water environment

The STEM Educator will work a standard workweek or agreed upon work schedule as designated by the Program Manager or Executive Director.

Sailing Instructors – Youth and Adult

Responsibilities include preparation of daily lesson plans for classroom and on-the-water instruction following curriculum guidelines set by the Program Manager, and US Sailing. Must posses strong interpersonal skills to provide students and members with positive feedback to reinforce safe sailing procedures, hands-on instruction, and sailing fun.

Responsible for shoreside and on-the-water instruction, boat safety inspections, student evaluations, and daily program safety. Must posses current US Sailing Small Boat Sailing certificate, including current First-Aid certificates, and be proficient in chase boat operation.

Works with Jr. Sailing Instructors and volunteers in training capacity to foster future Instructor candidates. Sailing Instructor candidates will perform on-the-water skipper’s test evaluations for potential adult members at scheduled intervals. Sailing Instructor candidates may assume Dockmaster duties for scheduled adult open sailing hours and should be familiar with all Dockmaster responsibilities.

Jr. Sailing Instructors

Works with Sailing Instructors to assist in shoreside and on-the-water drills. Acts as a positive role model for students, teaching basic sailing maneuvers and boat handling skills. Assists in boat maintenance and repair stressing the importance of equipment maintenance and general seamanship. The Jr. Sailing Instructor candidate will be given the opportunity to train in Instructor functions and activities, and will be provided with training and boat use membership privileges.


Responsibilities include boat maintenance and repair identifying potential repair needs and having the skill to affect them. Must maintain a boat sign out log for daily boat use by members and classes. Maintains control of time slots and boat use according to previously determined skill levels and membership status. Schedules skipper test evaluations for potential members with available instructors. Provides class availability schedules and information to all interested in joining Community Boating Center.

Must have experience in fiberglass repairs, working in wood, repairing aluminum rigging, and sanding and painting. Responsible for general on site maintenance of building and property. Must maintain current list of emergency contacts and procedures. Must be proficient in chase boat operation and rescue procedures set by the Program Manager. Responsible for weather evaluation and boat/ equipment allocation based on weather conditions and skill level.

Send Resumes to:

Community Boating Center
Attn: Hiring Committee
PO Box 5849
Providence, RI 02903

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront.

STEMcation Video

Community Boating Center Hosts US Sailing Reach “STEMcation” Students During Volvo Ocean Race

ReachCommunity Boating Center hosted youth sailors for a day of sailing and STEM in Providence as part of the US Sailing Reach STEMcation program at the Volvo Ocean Race.

Watch the Video:

Two US Sailing Reach Initiative students from the Kauai Sailing Association (Hawaii), two students from Endeavour Community Sailing (Bermuda), and two local students from New Bedford were selected to participate at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover for a four-day STEM/sailing experience of a lifetime. They visited Zim Sailing (Bristol, R.I.), International Yacht Restoration School – IYRS (Newport, R.I.), Roger Williams University’s Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center (Bristol, R.I.), Community Boating Center in Providence (R.I.) and New England Science & Sailing (Stonington, Conn.).

Sports Program Award

Community Boating Center Receives PASA Outstanding Sports Program Award


Community Boating Center was recognized as a Providence After School Alliance (PASA) Outstanding Sports Program by Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Providence Chief of Police and Hillary Salmons, PASA Executive Director at the PASA Sports Awards and Celebration on May 7, 2018.

Louisa Chafee, US Olympic sailor, presented the award to CBC Executive Director John O’Flaherty for providing outstanding sports programming to urban middle school youth in the PASA AfterZone.

Frank Carpano, Channel 10 Sportscaster helped emcee the reception at the Providence Police Department.

Governor Gina Raimondo issued an official Certificate of Special Recognition to Community Boating Center for the 2018 Outstanding Sports Program Award.

Additionally, Congressman David Cicilline issued a Certificate of Special Recognition stating: “Thank you for your dedication to high quality youth programming, and inspiring a passion for sports, teamwork, and friendship among the many youth you serve. I extend my sincere congratulations, appreciation, and best wishes.”

The Providence After School Alliance’s mission is to expand and improve quality after-school, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence, Rhode Island by organizing a sustainable, public/private system that contributes to student success and serves as a national model. PASA has served over 14,000 youth to date and is the largest public private after-school partnership in the city.

20% Off US Sailing!


US Sailing MVP Program

The Community Boating Center (CBC) has announced a great membership discount opportunity for you and an easy way to help CBC through our friends at US Sailing.

Exciting sailing events, interesting seminars and first-rate sailing programs are some of the many benefits we enjoy at CBC.  They are as much a part of club life as great food, parties, and a beautiful location – all in the company of good friends and family.

Many of the learning and sailing opportunities we enjoy at CBC are made available to us by US Sailing, a non-profit, member supported organization.  They are a valuable resource and their programs are essential to our club.  US Sailing is committed to building participation at the local level, and we can help them do so.

US Sailing and CBC are partners through the US Sailing MVP Program.   While CBC has always utilized a breadth of US Sailing resources, our decision to join the MVP Program will introduce even more valuable programs and services to our members, as well as savings on program materials and US Sailing membership fees.

Every US Sailing member contributes to the programs that we enjoy at CBC.  We are all “US Sailing” and I encourage you to join me and every US Sailing member by becoming a member and investing in a thriving future for our sport.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of CBC, commented “When you join US Sailing through our MVP Program, you get up to 20% off the price of a US Sailing Membership. Plus Community Boating Center gets up to 20% of your membership dues in our US Sailing MVP account to help pay for things like youth instructor training and learning materials for our youth sailors. There is NO cost to become an MVP member to benefit Community Boating Center.

Yep, you get up to 20%. We get up to 20%. There is no additional cost to you — join today!”

You can join online at our unique CBC MVP Link.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail and paddle. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.