The Oregon Boating Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get you out on the water safely. We operate out of Newport – on the Oregon Coast – where we have access to some spectacular waterways.
Being on the water is a way of life in our community, and our goal is to ensure that safe, affordable boating opportunities are accessible to everyone.
Our focus on safety is what makes us unique, and our certified guides and instructors are constantly improving their training.
Our programs are designed to get you out on the water, and teach the skills you need to stay safe.
We introduce our adventurers to kayaking and sailing through meticulously planned education programs.
Favorite Experience in Newport!
We've been visiting Newport for years, but the kayak
tour definitely topped the list as THE FAVORITE
experience we've ever had. Chessie and Brian guided us
with a relaxed and easy manner. We'd never kayaked
before, but we are going to take up a new hobby. If you
get a chance to do this, do it!! You won't regret it!
Our kayaking adventure was awesome! The loading 'docks'
for the kayaks made getting in and out so easy. The
instructions were great on how to kayak and they had all
the equipment you needed to stay dry if you wanted.
Great views and information passed along as we went.
We live in a small town, and I had no idea my children
would be able to have experiences that people in larger
cities dream of having. They have had knowledgeable and
kind instructors. I have never worried about my children
when they were in the care of OBF instructors. Thanks
for this incredible opportunity!
My son has not only learned skills to last him a
lifetime but he has had fun doing it. He has made
lasting friendships, developed confidence on the water
and most importantly knows how to be safe. There is no
better place to learn to sail or kayak and no better
people to do it with!
The equipment and introduction with check-in were top
notch. Thank you for the experience and education on the
various fishing boats and styles of the Newport harbor
and the Yaquina Bay.
I Felt Like a Star!
I've only kayaked once before, but this experience has
me hooked! We saw baby jelly fish, all sorts of diving
birds, and Yaaaaassss Sea Lions!! They were out sun
bathing, barking, and being generally adorable!! I
couldn't believe how close we got! I felt like a star!
Knowledgeable & Friendly!
We had a wonderful time with Anya exploring Newport by
water! Earlier is better because the wind often picks up
in the afternoons! We live in Newport so having an
activity in town was really awesome!
Friendly staff, went out with just one other couple who
had never kayaked. Guide was very helpful to them. Gave
a good narrative of some of the local buildings and
boats. They supplied waterproof pants and tops if
I completed two sea kayak classes in 2017, and plan to
attend another in 2018. I highly recommend the Oregon
Boating Foundation, and my instructor Tom Murphy. You
will be knowledgeable, confident, and competent when
Fun & Informative!
Just prepare… these instructors will transfer
their life-long love of water sport into your kids'
mind! They are also seriously helpful for age
appropriate skill development.