Waterfront Programs

Waterfront Programs

Our Waterfront Program is designed to provide recreational, instructional, academic, and competitive on-the-water programming that complements the marine and maritime focus of our coastal campus. Our programs are launched from our beachside facility at the north end of the UConn Avery Point campus with access to the Thames River and Fishers Island Sound.


Our Watercraft Fleet

  • 420 sailing dinghies
  • FJ sailing dinghies
  • Sea kayaks
  • Recreational kayaks
  • Hybrid sit-on-top kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Safety powerboats
Preston Littlefield

Prescott Littlefield

Program Manager


The UConn Avery Point community can experience our beautiful waterfront campus through Water Rec which offers recreational and instructional watercraft opportunities throughout the academic year in sailboats, kayaks, and paddleboards. No experience necessary.

How to Participate

The Water Rec schedule varies seasonally. Details are shared through our Instagram and Facebook accounts, UConn Student Activities weekly “Things to Do” (T2D) emails, text and email groups, and campus posters and monitors.

Connect with WateRec

Academic Support

Waterfront Programs proudly supports UConn academics by helping get our faculty and students on the water for a variety of needs. Courses include everything from MAST 2101: Introduction to Maritime Studies that gets students on the water to bring maritime history life to KINS 1160: Basic Watercraft Skills that provides students with an introduction to sailing, paddling, powerboat, and safe boating skills.

University Program Support

Many University programs bring their students to UConn Avery Point to experience the ocean. Getting out on the water provides a new perspective of the near-shore environment while teaching team building, communication, leadership, independence, self-reliance, problem solving, and other valuable life skills. We have welcomed the Rainbow Center, Student Support Services, Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, and many others.

Community Programs

We proudly support a number of community programs, making it possible for youth and others to access the water. We currently support The Williams School sailing team, the Robert E. Fitch High School sailing club, The Williams School Summer Watersports Camp, and New London Public School's Staff Summer Wellness Paddle Program.