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General Questions

Can I rent a sailboat?

We don’t have sailboats for rental, but they are available to Season Pass holders! A season pass holder may attend our sailing clinics, or pass a basic checkout to show us that they know how to sail.

What should I bring when I come boating?

Water, sunblock, hat, sunglasses, and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, etc.

Is the boathouse still open when it's raining?

Yes! As long as there is no thunder, lightning, heavy winds, rains, or other weather risks we will be open.

When can I take out a paddleboard or kayak in the spring?

We try and open as soon as the weather gets warm. However, we wait until the water temperature gets above 60 degrees. This usually happens sometime in the middle of May in Massachusetts.

How old do I have to be to rent a boat?

We want everyone to love boating as much as we do. We only ask that:

  • If you are age 15 and under, your parent or guardian signs the agreement form and you have an adult present on the water.
  • If you’re an adult with a group age 15 and under, each child must have an agreement form signed by their parent/guardian and have a supervising adult on the water with the group all the time.
  • If you’re age 16 or 17, you have to have an agreement form signed by your parent/guardian, but you can go onto the water on your own.

Do I have to reserve a boat? Can I reserve a boat?

Reservations are highly recommended & you need to fill out a waiver before you arrive. The link to the waiver will be in your confirmation email.

Do I have to wear a life jacket?

Absolutely! Wearing a life jacket when you use our equipment is one of those things we won’t budge on. But we’ll give you one that fits perfectly, and our team will help you however they can with putting it on, checking the zippers, and making sure your it’s safe and you’re snug as a bug!

Can we hop out of a boat and explore?

If you are in a kayak, canoe, or pedal boat – absolutely! But if you’re in a sailboat, there is no landing for you. It can damage the hull, and we want to make sure you stay safe and the boat stays in good condition for the next person to enjoy!

Oh – and you can’t jump out or go swimming from any of the boats. It’s not because we don’t want you to have fun, but there are all sorts of other motorboats and underwater obstacles, and it’s just not safe. Check with the staff, there may be a designated swim area nearby!

Will I tip over in a kayak, canoe or paddleboard?

Possibly, but you know what? It’s actually quite normal. The boats are very stable when you’re sitting in them, but when you stand up, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that capsizing is very likely!

But don’t worry. You will be wearing a life jacket, and if you really want to make sure capsizing is no problem, try our Kayak Orientation or Stand-up Paddleboard Orientation classes.

Can I bring my dog with me on the boat?

Of course! You can’t leave your best friend behind! We even have doggie life jackets to make sure your pal is as safe as you are. Unfortunately, they are the only pet life jackets we have, so dogs only.

Questions about Camps

Are the instructors qualified?

Yes! All of our camp counselors are qualified with at least CPR and First Aid Certifications. Most counselors are Red Cross Lifeguard Certified as well, and any training from the American Canoe Association and U.S. Sailing is kept up to date. We make sure that we have a 1:7 ratio, with 1 lifeguard or instructor to every 7 campers.

What are the achievement awards?

We love to recognize the kids for a job well done and they love it, too! We offer Achievement Awards at the end of every camp week. These are based on the skills the kids learn during camp and are completely voluntary to participate in, but the kids love being able to show off their accomplishments! These awards also help us work out the skill levels before kids sign up for more advanced camps.

Sailing Achievement Awards:
  • Deck Hand
  • Skipper
  • Helmsman
Paddling Achievement Awards:
  • Paddling
  • Advanced Paddling
  • Paddler Rescue

Do I have to book multiple weeks consecutively?

Nope! You can book your weeks throughout the entire summer, as well as mixing and matching the programs. Feel free to sign up for both sailing and kayaking!

What will campers do in the rain or bad weather?

We all hope for a perfect Summer when it comes to weather but we know that doesn’t happen. In the case of rain we will still have camp. If the rain and winds are light, campers will still go out on the water and get a little wet. If the rains are heavy or the weather looks harsh, we have shelters at all of our locations where campers can be safe. During our indoor time staff will still cover some boating lessons. This can include knots, parts of the boat and safety lessons. Please note there may be days in which the weather is sunny and warm but the winds make it unsafe to go on the water. During these days our staff will continue to work on boating techniques but in a safer environment.

What boating activities will the campers do during the day?

At Boating Is Fun Camp we want campers to experience a variety of bating activities throughout the week. In addition to spending half of the day sailing, campers will spend time learning how to kayak both single and double, canoe and in some locations learn stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

What will the first day be like?

The first day of camp can feel overwhelming especially for our newer and younger campers. Our staff will spend a great deal of time introducing themselves and going over our camp rules and expectation. It is often our most “classroom” filled day of the week.

Will campers sail right away?

Our staff want to make sure that the campers’ sailing experience is fun and memorable. To accomplish this there are a number of items that must be covered before they can head out on the water safely. The campers will spend some time off the water going over these lessons before they head off in their boats. Don’t be discouraged if your camper doesn’t get a ton of sailing time their first day.

What do we need to do if we are going to miss a day of camp?

If you know that your camper will not be at camp ahead of time, please let the camp directors know. If something comes up unexpectedly please make sure to email or call us in the morning so that our directors know who to expect.

What if I have more questions?

Any additional questions you have should be answered in the parent handbook located here. If you still have questions just drop us an email! We’d love to provide you with any information you’d like. Our email is [email protected]