Life Skills Through Boatbuilding

OAR BUILDING EXPERIENCE
Our oar building experience introduces participants to the basics of wooden boat building through design and construction of the oars that are used in our Bevin’s Skiffs. Less intensive and less time consuming then our boatbuilding classes, topics covered include the use of basic woodworking tools, the use of a spar gauge and use of varnish in oar construction. Each class culminates as participants are taught “how to row” in one of TWBW’s fleet of Bevin’s Skiff’s.

ADULT BOATBUILDING

 Our beginners level class is intended for anyone with a desire to learn the basics of wooden boatbuilding. Participants’ will construct two Bevin’s Skiffs – a 12 foot-long rowboat designed by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and a pair of oars for each boat. This is the same design that we use in our youth programs. However, in this adult program we will go into more detail on construction techniques, including but not limited to boatbuilding woods and materials, scarfing of boards, use of adhesives and fasteners and joinery techniques.

At the completion of the course participants will have the opportunity to purchase boats constructed and participants will also have the opportunity to row in some of the TWBW fleet of Bevin’s Skiffs.

Target Participants: Adults with an interest in wooden boatbuilding
 Prerequisites: None, no prior woodworking experience is required.

Class Size: 5-10
Schedule: Thursdays 7-9pm Starting Feb 8th, 2018.  
Tuition: $500 per participant

On the Horizon

ROWING

TWBW's rowing program lets our students experience the thrill of taking a boat that they have built out on the water. During our rowing program, students learn proper rowing techniques and how to safely launch and land a boat, both at a dock and from/to the shore.  

YOUTH BOATBUILDING


​Afterschool Program

​Our flagship youth program combines a proven STEM curriculum, utilizing the nationally recognized “Building To Teach” methodology to teach 12-18 year olds how to build 12-foot Bevin’s Skiffs. Through weekly classroom and workshop sessions participants build confidence and skills as the boat comes alive. Through expert instruction and hands on experiences math and science joins wood, paint, sweat and teamwork as the boat reaches completion. The class culminates with a launching of the boat and instructions in how to row.


Target Participants: 12-18 year old Middle and High School Students
Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required
Class Size: 4-10

Schedule: NHRA Winter/Spring & NHRA Fall Monday -Thursday after school 4-6. Each class comes one day a week.
Tuition: Costs of this program are underwritten by various grants
 



Drawing on Hampton Roads' rich maritime heritage, Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop provides area youth with unique and exciting experiential learning opportunities.  Students learn math, science and other critical life skills as they build wooden boats and are taught to row and sail them on local waters. While  participating in these activities, their world expands and learning becomes relevant and fun.  They not only learn about boats, they learn about themselves as they master new skills and discover talents and interests they didn't know they had.    

About Our Programs

Sail Nauticus Experience

In partnership with Sail Nauticus, this TWBW program combines a proven STEM curriculum, utilizing the nationally recognized “Building to Teach” methodology to teach members of the Sail Nauticus Academy how to build 12-foot Bevin’s Skiffs. Through weekly after school classes’ participants build confidence and skills as the boats come alive. Through expert instruction and hands on experiences math and science joins wood, paint, sweat and teamwork as the boat reaches completion. The class culminates with a launching of the boat and instructions in how to row.
 
Target Participants: Students enrolled in the Sail Nauticus Academy           

Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Sail Nauticus Academy
Schedule:  Monday-Thursday 4-6 PM
Class Size: 4-10
Tuition: Provided by enrollment in the Sail Nauticus Academy

Summer One-Week Camp Programs

Our weekly summer camp programs involve participants in various woodworking and nautical adventures. Past programs have included boatbuilding, model building, rowing, environmental activities and construction of cigar box guitars. Under the instruction of our capable staff participants learn how to safely use woodworking tools. Each class culminates with a Thursday graduation where participants are taught “how to row” in one of TWBW’s fleet of Bevin’s Skiff’s.

Target Audience: Students looking for a fun summer camp experience
Prerequisites: None
Schedule: Beginning 25 June through 24 August
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SAILING and ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS 

As TWBW continues to grow, our vision for the future is to expand our program offerings to include sailing and  environmental educational projects.