Who We Are
The Blue Water Foundation has been an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501 (c) 3, corporation since 1992. Our volunteers and the youths we serve come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. To achieve our mission, we work with the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Police Department and various other Bay Area Youth Programs.
Our primary objective is to provide at-risk and under-represented young people an opportunity to sail. We understand how the sea can be a mentor, as well as a challenge. Through our sailing programs, we give young people the experiences of teaching, leadership, and trying new activities. This provides a foundation for self confidence and a new perspective on the capabilities they already possess.
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.
The Blue Water Foundation is creating a legacy of volunteering for one’s community through the love of sailing. We hope to provide children with a positive experience and role modeling that will shape and enrich their lives. The Blue Water Foundation encourages young people to give back to their community, as an investment in the future.