TWBW's programs are open to Hampton Roads youth  ages 12 -18.  If you  would like more information on our programs and how to participate, send us a message by clicking here:                          or call us at (757) 353-9418.

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Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses wooden boatbuilding and other nautical-related activities to help at-risk youth develop the life skills that lead to a successful future.

Life Skills Through Boatbuilding

Fall After-School Program Sign-Up

TWBW is taking applications for our Fall 2018 After School Program. The program is open to youths age 12 -18 and runs from the first week of October through the first week of December. Participants attend one 2-hour shop session per week from 4 – 6 PM.  If you have questions or need more information 


Summer Camp Recap
TWBW recently concluded our 2018 summer camp program. From June 18th through August 16th, 67 area youth attended one of our week-long boatbuilding camps. Besides working on full size boats, campers built model boats, learned to row, and conducted shore side environmental science projects. We teamed with several organizations including Teens With A Purpose, STOP Inc., Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Newport News Schools SPARK Camp, Plaza Middle School (Virginia Beach) and The Mariners’ Museum and Park.  Check out the photos of our campers in action:

Click on the button below to download/print the application. Return it to us per the instructions on the form by September 25th. 


Student Spotlight

Saniya Gilbert was only 11 years old when she accompanied her mother to the workshop to enroll her older brother in the winter/spring 2017 after-school program. 

Although one year shy of the minimum

required age, Saniya’s maturity and desire

to participate so impressed TWBW’s

Executive Director, Tom Brandl, that he

allowed her to sign up. It was a good

decision.  Saniya has become one of TWBW’s best young boat builders. “She learns quickly and when assigned to a task her focus and determination are amazing.” states Brandl. Since that first program, Saniya has returned for TWBW’s fall 2017 and winter/spring 2018 programs. Her favorite boatbuilding skills are hand riveting planks, painting, and stitching the protective leather sleeves on the oars our students make. She also likes rowing the boats she builds on the Elizabeth River. Saniya aspires to attend college and study criminal justice.  We know she can succeed in anything she puts her mind to.




TWBW's is always looking for adult volunteers to help us. If you would like information on how to get involved, send us a message by clicking here:                        or call us  at (757) 353-9418.