Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

Oregon Coast Boating Safety and Education Foundation

aka Oregon Boating Foundation

Newport, OR


Our mission is to get you out on the water safely.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Brian Getting

Main Address

PO Box 701

Newport, OR 97365 USA


boating, education, safety, kayaking, sailing, youth





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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What we aim to solve New!

Recreational boating safety is an important consideration nationwide. In 2016, fatalities and injuries associated with recreational boating increased 12% and 11.1% respectively. 83% of drowning victims were not wearing life jackets, and the observed life jacket wear rate was only 21.6%. As the popularity of recreational boating grows, so does the demand for boating safety education.

Our programs

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Youth Sailing Camp

Kayak Classes

Free Family Boating

Youth Kayak Camps

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Average number of dollars given by new donors

Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Number of clients participating in educational programs

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Our vision is that everyone has access to safe boating opportunities and education. Our goal is to make affordable boating opportunities accessible to the people in our community.

We will continue to offer kayak classes and youth camps taught by certified instructors and designed to meet the American Canoe Association curriculum standards.

We will continue to offer youth sailing camps designed to introduce young people to sailing, with the goal of inspiring continued interest in the sport.

We will continue to partner with organizations in our community to expand the availability of affordable boating opportunities.

Safety, service, and stewardship are the values that guide the OBF. The Organization has adopted strict safety and youth protection standards, and aims to instill a culture of safety in it's programs.
We believe in making boating accessible to the members of our community. With an average age of over 50 (and rising), and more than 21% of the youth living below the poverty line, there is a need for affordable youth programs in Lincoln County, Oregon.

The OBF has highly skilled and certified instructors who are dedicated to building skills and instilling a culture of safety. The Organization's core competency is to provide safe, affordable boating instruction. This instruction includes adult kayak classes, youth sailing and kayak camps, and partnerships to help offer free boating events that are open to the general public.

We understand that Lincoln County is economically distressed relative to other areas, and recognize that boating can seem like an expensive and intimidating endeavor. While the number of program participants and event attendees is an important metric, the primary measure of success is the Organization's ability to offer affordable programs that are accessible to everyone in our community.

Our intent is to encourage program participants to continue their education, and to offer the chance to earn certifications that can open up employment opportunities for them. At the time this business plan was constructed, the Organization has already begun to offer volunteer stipends to program graduates that have returned to help us expand our programs. Starting in 2019 we intend to hire these volunteers as employees to run classes, camps, and guided tours – creating work opportunities for young people in our community.

We measure the success of our programs based on three criteria:

Number of Participants – This refers to the number of people that benefit from a program or activity. The more people that we can get out on the water, the more successful we consider a program to be.

Affordability – How affordable a program or activity is relative to the economic realities of our community. We purposely keep the price of our programs low enough to ensure that people in our community are able to participate. We also offer scholarships to help pay for program fees, equipment rentals (such as wetsuits) and other costs.

Accessibility – How accessible a program or activity is to the people in our community.

During the Summer of 2017, the Organization served more than 40 kayak program participants, and more than 300 people participated in the Port of Toledo's Free Family Boating events.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?