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Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program

Rising Tide offers free boatbuilding classes, workshops, and events throughout the school year. Classes are typically held Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 in CBMM’s Boatshop unless otherwise specified. Students are welcome to sign up for each day or individual days.


Transportation is available between Easton and St Michaels before and after class. Rising Tide is open to students in grades six to nine; students in grades 10 to 12 may apply for admission to the program.

Click here to listen to CBMM Director of Education Jill Ferris talk about the Rising Tide Program during an 11/30/17 radio interview. 


CBMM_RisingTide_StudentsBoatbuilding Classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

This year, we are building two Smith Island Outboard Skiffs. We began construction on Tuesday, September 19th and will launch the boats at CBMM’s Community Day in May 2018. Students will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of construction from milling lumber from a log to the finishing touches. The completed boats will be available for students to use. Click here to sign up for boatbuilding classes.

Workshops and Events

Rising Tide offers various workshops and events throughout the year, including model making, canvas building and painting classes, girl’s workshops, holiday gift workshops, Maryland DNR Boating Safety courses, and more. These classes will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.



Holiday Gift Making
Mondays and Wednesday, November 27 & 29, and December 4 & 6, 11 & 13, 18 & 20
3:30-5:30 pm, CBMM Boatshop
Class size is limited

Create holiday gifts for friends or family! Two-day workshops will be held between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Projects vary from beginner to intermediate skill levels.

Holiday Gift Workshop Registration

Summer Camp

CBMM’s Rising Tide summer camp is a full-day, hands-on program for students entering grades six to nine, where campers create, explore, and have fun through Bay focused activities.



Cost: Free
Class size is limited. Advance registration is required.

Registration will open in Spring 2018. 

Each week long camp will include:

Woodworking and Boatbuilding
Sawdust and wood chips will fly in the CBMM Boatshop as campers use saws, planes and other tools to build a railbird skiff. Campers will also complete an individual woodworking project that they can bring home at the end of the week.

On-the-water Adventures
Campers will gain experience in handling boats, learning navigation, and other skills paddling, rowing, sailing, powerboating, and fishing on the Miles River aboard a variety of historic and modern CBMM boats.

Ecological Excursions 
Explore the Eastern Shore’s environment and ecosystems with excursions to important Chesapeake Bay destinations such as the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Tuckahoe State Park. Transportation provided by CBMM.

Education: Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program

About Rising Tide

Rising Tide teaches students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program works to inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support. Students of the program will be encouraged to become more academically prepared to achieve long-term success, whether on a college track or vocational emphasis, having gained skills in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management.

Students begin by learning the ropes of the boat shop, with an emphasis to keep themselves and others safe in a working environment. Students learn how to use a tape measure with fractional increments, and practice using basic hand tools and basic power tools such as a bandsaw and a cordless drill and driver. As they continue to gain proficiency with their tools and skills, they are challenged with increasingly complex assignments and responsibilities.

When weather conditions allow, classes may be held on the water, learning boat safety, handling, navigation, and fishing skills. To learn more, contact us at 443-550-1173 or

WATCH THIS SHORT FILM: Rising Tide: Building Cattail – a railbird skiff, by Sandy Cannon-Brown

CBMM’s Rising Tide program is made possible through the generous, lead support of David & Jeanne Reager, Wallace Genetic Foundation, Sherwood of Salisbury, Silent Maid, Hammonds Family Fund, Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation, and Mary Tydings & J.T. Smith. Additional support provided by the Bryan Brothers Foundation, Debbie & Tom Lawrence, Alfred & Martha Sikes, Dock Street Foundation, Rene’ & Tom Stevenson, Frank & Jane Hopkinson, Richard & Laurie Johnson, Christmas in St. Michaels, the Kudner Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Frederick W. Richmond Foundation, Talbot Waterman’s Association, John & Penny Albertine, George & Jocelyn Eysymontt, Brooke Harris, James & Pamela Harris, Frank Marshall & Florence Auld, and Richard & Beverly Tilghman.