1. Register for Classes
  2. Water Safety Requirements
  3. Checking the weather


The Waterfront Program at the CIBC is for anyone at CSU Channel Islands or in the Community.

  • Programs are open to ages +18 unless stated otherwise.
  • CSU Students must bring their Student ID with them on the first day of class.


Fees for Waterfront programs are categorized in a 3-tiered structure

  • TIER 1: CSU Channel Islands students
  • TIER 2: Dolphin Passport Membership
  • TIER 3: Community Members
ProgramsTier 1Tier 2Tier 3
Sailing classesFree  $20 $130
Kayaking classesFree $20 $55
Stand up paddle board classes Free $20 $30
Sunset kayakingFree $20 $30

Water Safety Requirements 

To be able to participate in any waterfront program, participants must be “water safe.”  This means that participants must be able to handle themselves in the water without panicking and while maintaining a calm demeanor.  During the first day of instruction, individuals must swim 100 yards using any stroke, taking as much time as needed, and then tread water for 2 1/2 minutes.  The test will be conducted off the docks at the CIBC.

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Waterfront Guidelines 

  1. Participants MUST wear a US Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while on the dock and on the water.
  2. Participants and Instructors must thoroughly inspect all equipment while rigging.
  3. Participants must be dressed appropriately to prevent hypothermia, which is a year-round concern. Spray protection (windbreaker, etc.) is also recommended.  Denim (Jeans) are unacceptable attire for being on the water.
  4. Participants should wear closed-toe foot protection in ALL waterfront activities at all times. Dark colored soles may mark the boats and are therefore not allowed. Shoes should have sufficient tread and heel support to prevent slipping on the wet surfaces.
  5. Participants are not permitted to run, roughhouse or ride bikes anywhere within the CIBC  property.  
  6. Participants are not allowed past Hobie Beach unless authorized to do so.  
  7. Participants must pick-up after themselves including trash, water bottles, towels, etc.
  8. Participants must report all injuries and equipment damage immediately to the instructor.

Inclement Weather Policy

  1. The following are guidelines used to determine if any individual or group may participate in waterfront activities during uncertain weather:

    • Thunder and lightning storm - no water activities
    • Small craft warning posted with the anemometer showing consistent 20-knot winds - no water activities
    • CI Sailing Club members will be allowed to sail in 25-knot consistent wind only if their ability is at that level. 
    • Following significant rainfall, all “water contact activities” such as kayaking and windsurfing shall cease up to a minimum of 48 hours after the rain has stopped. 
    • Other unexpected weather conditions such as an offshore wind or fog may make water activities unsafe. All instructors must maintain visual contact with participants at all times.

    Any waterfront staff member has the authority to cancel class if deemed unsafe for the participants. 

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Checking the Weather 

Please call the Channel Islands Boating Center at 805-437-BOAT (2628) at least 2 hours before the start of class to find out whether water activities will occur in inclement weather. 

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What to Bring 

  1. Closed-toe, non-leather shoes with light colored (not black), non-slip soles
  2. Sunscreen and a hat
  3. Sunglasses (with a cord to keep them on)
  4. Clothing for water activity and the expected weather (fleece is good, cotton and denim are not recommended; consider dressing in layers)
  5. Change of clothes and shoes
  6. Towel

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What NOT to Bring 

  1. Valuables
  2. Cell phones, or anything that is not waterproof

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The Waterfront Provides  

  1. US Coast Guard-approved Personal Flotation Devices
  2. All kayaking, sailing equipment

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  1. Sailing gloves
  2. Dinghy sailing boots or wet suit boots
  3. Windbreaker

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Class Cancellation  

If class is canceled due to bad weather or safety issues, an instructor will notify you when another class will be scheduled.  

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