Skiff-building Programs

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:

  1.  A term-long after-school program, which typically meets for 2-hour sessions weekly, over 12-15 weeks
  2. 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.

Please Contact Philadelphia Waterborne to discuss program specifics.  Additonal information about these programs is also available through this link — About Us.