The Teaching with Small Boats Alliance (TWSBA) is a collaboration of educators and programs that teach math, science and other essential skills through the process of boat building. 

Through bi-annual conferences and virtual collaboration, TWSBA works to improve the effectiveness of our member organizations by sharing information and best practices about program development and leadership, hands-on building projects, and integration of maritime-based lessons into the school curriculum.

Organizations from 24 states, Canada and Nova Scotia have participated in our conferences.  We invite you to learn more about our conferences and participating organizations.


TWSBA Statistics

  • Over 100K Adults Served Annually
  • Over 100K Youths Served Annually
  • 7 International Conferences since 2010
  • 345 Organizations Have Attended TWSBA Conferences



Make a Donation to TWSBA


Help bring effective, boat-based educational programming to students around the world. Your donation supports the development of our regional and biennial national conference, our quarterly newsletter and notes, as well as this website with its educational materials and best practices. 

Your donation will help bring effective, boat-based educational programming to thousands of students around the world. If TWSBA’s work is valuable to you, or your community, please donate.



Become a member

We’ve made membership free! We want as few barriers as possible between you and the people, knowledge, and resources within TWSBA. If you teach using small boats or are interested in teaching with small boats, you should Join TWSBA.

Membership gets you:

  • Access to the best practices and educational tools within this website
  • Our quarterly Newsletters and occasional Notes keep you up to date on TWSBA, news, events, resources, and opportunities.
  • Benefits from TWSBA sponsors 
  • The ability to apply for any available conference scholarships.

TWSBA’s job is to help groups connect and share knowledge, as well as best practices. Signing up as a TWSBA member helps us do our job better by providing up-to-date information about the work you’re doing, and the populations you are serving.





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If you don’t want to be a full member of TWSBA, but would still like to receive our “Newsletter and Notes”, please click the button below and register.


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Register to enjoy our learning content

If you would like to access our learning content, please register for free.  Once you register and sign in, you can access materials in our learning area including presentations and hands-on projects from our conferences, information about our participating organizations, and a directory of TWSBA member programs and individuals.


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