Philadelphia Waterborne’s core student programming teaches small teams of 6-8 students how to build a working, 12-foot long wooden rowboat (the “skiff”), which they will launch and row on local rivers at the end of the program. All boat-building takes place on-site at the students’ schools.
This program comes in two versions:
- A term-long after-school program, which typically meets for 2-hour sessions weekly, over 12-15 weeks
- A one-week intensive program, in which students meet for two 3-hour sessions daily over a 4-5 day time-frame, launching the boat on the final day
In each case, Philadelphia Waterborne provides all materials and tools required. Schools are asked only to provide the students and a workspace available for the duration of the program.
Completed boats will be launched at Bartram’s Garden, on the lower Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, where they will become a part of a fleet of small boats available for community rowing programs. Philadelphia Waterborne also provides oars and safety equipment for student rowing.