The Blue Water Foundation was founded twenty five years ago as an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation dedicated to bringing the joys and challenges of sailing to San Francisco Bay Area inner city and at risk youth.
A Brief History
In 1992 several sailors wanted to introduce San Francisco Bay Area young people to the sense of freedom, discipline, teamwork and natural wonder of sailing. Using volunteers’ boats, these sailors began to take middle and high school students sailing on San Francisco Bay with teachers and police officers on board. The goal was to have students interact with police in a nonadversarial setting. The response from students and police was so enthusiastic that soon our informal excursions became regularly scheduled trips.
Now, through our programs, over 25,000 young people from all over the Bay Area have discovered the art of sailing, experienced success through teamwork and have had fun while exploring a maritime alternative to drugs, alcohol, and gangs.
We work with every public school in San Francisco, the San Francisco Police Department, the Alameda County Probation Department, San Francisco Rec and Park, and numerous charter schools and community groups. We own two 46 foot open ocean racers and use volunteers’ cruising boats as well.
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Watch the videos below to come along our typical Blue Water Foundation sails and see how our programs alter the lives of our students. We also encourage you to click any of the tabs above to explore who we are and how you can be a part of our sailing legacy.
We are always looking for volunteers who want to show the students the wind and the wonder.