Our History


About Us

The Oregon Boating Foundation was founded in 2007 by members of the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club for the purposes of supporting boating education programs. For the next several years, the primary purpose of the OBF was to provide material support for the Yacht Club’s High School Sailing program.

However, in 2015 Tom Murphy brought his kayak program under the umbrella of the Oregon Boating Foundation, and Joe Novello formalized our youth sailing program. The result was that the organization began to take on a wider role in our community. Today, the Oregon Boating Foundation offers a variety of adult and youth boating programs, including youth camps, kayak classes, and free family boating events.

We also provide material support for other programs through partnerships with the Port of Toledo, the Lincoln County School District, and the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club. We are always striving to provide affordable, safe boating opportunities for the residents of Lincoln County – and beyond.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to get you out on the water safely. Oregon is home to some spectacular waterways, and on-the-water safety is a major concern for our city, our county, and our state. Our vision is that everyone has access to safe boating opportunities and education.


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

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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