If you are an educator, parent or a young person interested in boating and the marine trades, this pages gives you an overview of the programs and learning opportunities RIMTA coordinates.
If you have questions or interest in creating a programs at your school, contact RIMTA Director of Programs Brian Dursi (email / 401-396-9619).
RIMTA coordinates a Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program with several schools throughout the state. These programs are four to six weeks long and are paid work experience for ages 14 to 16. Students develop skills by building and launching small sailboats or rowing prams and gain exposure to careers in the marine trades.
Programs replicate a work experience, running on a Monday-Friday schedule; students are expected the show up on time and work effectively as part of a team. Students also gain work-readiness skills by learning about resumes and job interviews.
There are many options for school programming, including After-School Programs and Vacation Camps where students gain basic boat-building skills and get some exposure to careers in the marine trades. Rhode Island school districts have been creative in working sailing and the state’s maritime heritage into the student experience, including a 4th grade sailing program in Newport and a similar program being piloted in Bristol. Rhode Island also has three Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at High Schools in the Ocean State, including programs in North Providence, the Chariho Regional School District, and Warwick.