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Community Boating Center “RiverRomp” Kayak Program

Community Boating Center (CBC) is thrilled to announce that we will complement the success of our sailing initiatives with an innovative, new “RiverRomp” kayaking program.

This engaging program will capitalize on the popularity of kayaking and its ease of participation to provide youth (and families) with a direct connection to and awareness of their impact on the environment.


Kayaking is a growing and popular recreational activity. The simplicity and acceptance of kayaking as an entry-level sport for anyone, makes it an important medium to attract urban youth to get outside, get moving, and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Our RiverRomp kayaking initiative will complement the success of our other sailing programs and offer an active alternative to television, video, and other static activities detrimentally impacting the health of urban youth.

At the same time, kayaking offers a less expensive way to introduce youth to boating: capital costs are lower than sailing for a similar number of youth served; maintenance and storage is also cheaper than for sailboats. We believe that this new program will enable us to serve an additional 100 youth this year – at one-tenth to one-twentieth of the cost of adding a similar number of sailboats to our fleet. Additionally, we look forward to further growth in future years once our kayaking programs become recognized by our vast array of summer and after-school partners.

Our RiverRomp Kayak Program is focused on three goals: (1) Enhancing student choices for healthy lifestyles; (2) Reducing barriers to water sports and activities; and (3) Increasing our capacity to serve urban youth and our community.

Enhancing student choice:
This summer, when we launch RiverRomp, we estimate that 200 youth will use these kayaks in our existing summer sailing programs. We also expect an additional 100 youth will use them in our existing after-school sailing programs. Kayaks will diversify our programs and add a new element of physical activity – paddling – for a total of about 300 youth. Kayaking offers a one-on-one environmental experience that fosters a first-hand appreciation and lasting relationship with nature. Paddlers sit low to the water using “people power” to experience a quiet and sustained interaction with water and wildlife. Kayaking is a great entry-level activity requiring little training. We will incorporate kayaking into our existing youth programs and create new free youth scholarships and fee-for-service adult programs to ensure future sustainability.

Reducing barriers to water sports and activities:
We expect RiverRomp to attract 100 new youth who would otherwise not identify with sailing, because kayaks are more easily accepted and understood as an “everyman’s” boat. Kayaking is generally viewed as being less complicated and training intensive than sailing. Many current and inspiring paddlers could easily envision themselves as volunteering for a recreational kayak tour. Additionally, CBC and Providence are compelling paddling areas. Like our sailing programs, organized lessons and youth initiatives will entice volunteers to participate.

Increasing capacity:
As previously noted, the capital costs of purchasing and owning kayaks are substantially lower than for sailboats. Adding a RiverRomp kayaking program to CBC is a quick, cost-effective way to increase both the quality and quantity of our efforts to connect people to the environment. Adding kayaking will also directly affect our ability to entice more people to try complementary CBC sailing programs. Many people attracted to CBC hold common interests in paddling and sailing, and are connected to a network of similar friends and colleagues.


CBC’s location serves as an ideal geographical hub for expanding water-based activities that connect youth to the environment. CBC is located in India Point Park, the apex of Narragansett Bay. Buffered by geographical land features of the upper bay, CBC enjoys unique protection from wind and waves for small boats and is perfectly situated as a centrally located starting or destination point for kayak trips. CBC offers safe, fun, and viable paddling distances North/South to WaterPlace Park, West/East to the Seekonk River, and South/North along the Providence River to venues of interest like Ponham Rocks Lighthouse and Save the Bay. Beginner paddlers and volunteers will appreciate the convenience and safety of realistic paddling distances on weary arms, while seasoned paddlers can choose multiple trip options from a safe, convenient facility with an existing infrastructure of launching docks, chase boats and trained staff.

Thank you to our members and sponsors for supporting the healthy development of youth in Rhode Island. Your support and participation in this program will help us expand and enhance our ability to provide empowering programs for youth on the water, serving a broad range of urban youth and families with affordable, accessible, and repeatable adventures that turn experiential learners into lifetime environmentalists.

CBC is committed to serving Rhode Island residents of all ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Our maritime programs not only offer an immediate environmental connection, they serve a long-range goal of linking economically challenged communities with the vast array of opportunities offered by Rhode Island’s greatest environmental resource – Narragansett Bay.

We hope you share our vision, see the possibilities, and will contribute to our efforts to enhance the quality of life – and especially the future – for all youth and families in Rhode Island. Join us today!

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

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For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)