UMass Boston Waterfront Recreation Program

Last year the UMASS Boston Waterfront gave you a FREE Intro to Sailing and Kayaking courses and use of the boats all summer long. You asked for kayaking as well, and we listened! But we went one step further, and now the UMASS Boston Waterfront program includes stand up paddle boards.

Did we mention it was for FREE for full time students? Oh yes.


Join Fun Fridays

From June you can start the weekend early with the help of The Fun Fridays. Bring your fellow students down for FREE sailing and kayaking clinics at the UMass Boston. Brush up on the basics, improve your boating skills or just have fun! Every Friday afternoon. No experience required

UMass Waterfront at dusk

How do students get on the water quickly?

  1. Be a current student
  2. You must bring your student ID down to the docks the first time!
  3. Have on properfoot wear, hat, sunscreen and bring some water
  4. Enjoy yourself!

Fill out this form ahead of time to make it quicker!

Hours of operation

Opening is the first weekend in May. Closing day is typically at the end of September weather depending.

First Weekend in May to Labor Day Wednesday - Friday 12pm - 7pm and Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 7pm
Labor Day to Closing Thursday - Friday 12pm - 7pm and Saturday - Sunday 11am - 7pm

When can students use the boats?

  • Students with current ID*

    Free hourly use of the kayaks and anything that paddles anytime we are open.

What if I want to learn more about sailing or kayaking?

Students can access free sailing and kayak clinics on Fun Fridays and if you want further coaching you can sign-up for some more lessons. 

Do Alumni get a discount?

It is through the Alumni season passes that we are able to help UMASS students experience kayaking and sailing without worrying about how they are going to pay for it.

Let the next generation of students get out on the bay and buy a season pass today. We do have early bird specials and deals so keep an eye out!

Location on Campus

Fox Point Dock is located between McCormack and Wheatley Building facing the water.

What boats do you have to use?


  • 7 Cape Cod Mercurys for beginners
  • 5 Laser sailing boats
  • 2 Rhodes 19's
  • 1 Olympic Class Solings for more advanced skippers and crews.


  • Ocean Kayak Fowler 11
  • Ocean Kayak Fowler 13
  • Ocean Kayak Fowler 15
  • Ocean Kayak Malibu XL
  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140
  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 160
  • BIC Stand Up Paddle Board


Public Transportation

Subway: Take the Red Line to JFK/UMass Station. A free shuttle bus will carry you to the campus.
Commuter Rail: Take the commuter rail to the JFK/UMass station from the South Shore on the Middleboro and Plymouth lines.

By car from the North

Take Interstate 93 South through Boston to exit 15 (JFK Library/South Boston/Dorchester) and follow the University of Massachusetts signs along Columbia Road and Morrissey Boulevard to the campus.

By car from the South

Take Interstate 93 North to exit 14 ( JFK Library/Morrissey Boulevard ) and follow Morrissey Boulevard north to the campus.

By car from the West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) east to Interstate 93. Take I-93 South one mile to exit 15 (JFK Library/South Boston/Dorchester) and follow the University of Massachusetts signs along Columbia Road and Morrissey Boulevard to the campus.

By Boat

Fox Point Landing: Lon 42" 18' N Lat: 071 02 W