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About Us

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.

Programs

Our programs are designed to get you out on the water, and teach the skills you need to stay safe.

Guided Kayak Tours

Learn about Newport's fishing fleet, landmarks, wildlife and natural history in these unique two-hour tours as we explore Yaquina Bay.

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Youth Camps

Designed for youth between the ages of 10 and 18, our five-day youth sailing and kayaking day camps are affordable and fun.

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Sea Kayak Classes

Our one-day sea kayak classes – primarily for adults – help build the skills you need to confidently enjoy kayaking on your own.

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Free Family Boating

Free weekly events – run by the Port of Toledo – where your whole family can try boating in a safe and supervised environment.

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Get Involved

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on community support to keep our programs growing.

Volunteer Your Time

Love being on the water? Interested in sharing your time with others? We'd love to hear from you.

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Make A Donation

Your generous donations help provide affordable boating opportunities in our community.

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Why Us?

We introduce our adventurers to kayaking and sailing through meticulously planned education programs.

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Reviews

  • Tyler W.

    We Had a Blast!

    Had a blast paddling around the bay yesterday. We had a group with 12 and both guides were fantastic. They had all kinds of knowledge about the wildlife, buildings, and boats around the bay, fun and educational. We had beautiful weather until the very end but even when it started to sprinkle we were comfortable. They had rain gear for each of us (in lots of sizes) which helped keep us warmer and drier. If you get the chance to try this, it's well worth the money.

    Janell G.

    Wonderful Kayak Experience

    We had a wonderful kayak experience for my husbands birthday today! The kids came too and we all loved the trip! It was professional, safe and entertaining! Thank you!

  • Andrea Langeliers

    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!

    Milo 6456

    Great Kayak Tour

    The guide was knowledgeable and the entire trip was picturesque. Saw Harbor seals, a snorkler, Common Murres, Pigeon Gillemots, and Turkey Vulture. The water was like glass. The trip was at my pace.

  • Jess Thomas

    Amazing Opportunity

    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!

    Cindy Thomas
    Michelle Schaffer

    Incredible Program

    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!

    Michelle Schaffer
  • Ty Tabor

    Excellent

    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 you're done.

    Ty Tabor
    Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval

    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.

    Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval

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