Making boating enjoyable is at the heart of everything we do.

Lessons learned in a boat on Pleasant Bay apply to the rest of our students’ lives – self-reliance, teamwork, confidence, responsibility, and problem-solving. That’s why our wide range of programs is dedicated to making Pleasant Bay affordable and accessible to every segment of the population.

Community boating has always been and will continue to be the mainstay of our programs, which are for all age groups and ability levels. Since our inception, we have offered free sailing lessons to cognitively impaired youth and adults through our Special Olympics and Cape Abilities programs. We also offer free sailing for under-served families through area recreation and community services programs. Finally, we offer free adaptive boating programs for wounded veterans and blind and vision-impaired individuals and will be expanding these offerings with the construction of a universally accessible dock, pier, and pathways.

And we offer so many different ways to get out on the bay! Our fleet includes everything from Flying Scots and catboats to 420s and sunfish, as well as kayaks, canoes, and windsurfers.

Lessons are offered for adults and youth from 8 years and up. Younger children (from 6 years) may accompany adults or parents. To participate in boating lessons, an annual membership is required. Membership fees support the ongoing expenses of our programs and enable us to keep them affordable and the bay accessible.