Programs & Learning Opportunities
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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).

Summer Programs

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.


We will be posting applications for our 2020 Summer Youth Boat Building Programs in the spring.

School Programs

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.

Field Trips/School Presentations

RIMTA can coordinate a field trip or school presentation with a local company in the marine trades. These visits expose young people to an important part of Rhode Island’s maritime heritage and open up students’ eyes to the possibility of someday working around boats and the water.

Teacher Externships

Educators looking to spend vacation time working at a marine or composites company, so they can bring that experience and knowledge back to their students, should contact Brian Dursi to explore a Teacher Externship.

The programs listed below are now accepting applicants.


Please check back for our upcoming youth program applications.