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

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About Our Programs


In the future, we will offer evening boatbuilding classes, for a fee, to adults who would like to learn the art and craft of building wooden boats.

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.    


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.  

Life Skills Through Boatbuilding


TWBW conducts wooden boatbuilding classes for young men and women ages

12 - 18 years.  They learn  wood working skills that enable them to transform a pile of lumber and materials into an attractive and functional boat.  They build a 12-foot rowing and sailing boat called the Bevin’s Skiff (at right), designed by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation specifically to teach math using their nationally recognized “Building to Teach” methodology. Our instructors are trained and certified in this methodology and will use it in the program.  The program   culminates with a formal boat launching ceremony, at which students are joined by family members who share in their feelings of pride and accomplishment.