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TWSBA 2022 at the Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, WA

The Most Powerful Conference, (so far)


Thanks go to the Northwest Maritime Center for organizing and hosting. An unbeatable team of staff and volunteers knocked the ball out of the park.

Basic Conference Stats

We had 167 people from 77 organizations attend. The related programming from those 77 orgs serves over 30,000 (mostly) young people.

Check out the Conference Catalog

This collection of program summaries really gives an idea of the breadth of programs contained within TWSBA.


Mark Hawkins took great photos. Here's a link to some.

Conference Information

The Teaching With Small Boats Alliance holds a biennial conference to bring together maritime educators and programs that strive to create a more maritime-based education standard. The goals of the conference are to facilitate collaboration, encourage idea sharing, identify and share best practices and projects, and strengthen connections between organizations and individuals.

Conference Activities

Conferences span three days and include workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on experiences, as well as free time to strengthen new connections and catch up with old friends.


Workshops provide and opportunity for successful organizations and programs to share what they've learned. Topics discussed in these small groups have ragned from "Planning Your New Program" to "The Role of Social Workers and Counselors."

Hands on Experiences:

Hands on Experiences provide opportunities to get on the waterfront and try new things, like how to use steam to bend wood, using foil boats to teach displacement and volume calculations, and integrating tools and technology into programs.

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions are interactive discussions on a range of topics like Fundraising Strategies That Work, Leadership, and Indigenous Programs.


People with all levels of experience, from experts to beginners, talk about their programs and projects, sharing their knowledge.

Field Trips

Conferences are held in centers of small boat activity. Field trips get participants out to see the local boating programs, boat shops and experience the nearby waterways.

Past Conferences

- 2019

at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY

- 2017

at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD

- 2015

at Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA

- 2013

at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT

- 2012

at the Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach on Camano Island in Washington State

- 2010

at the Alexandria Seaport in Alexandria, VA