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Watermen Tours Captains’ Training, May 23rd in Hayes, VA

Rhappahannock Community College and Chesapeake Environmental Communications are offering a new training class to certify more Watermen Heritage Tour captains on May 23rd. in Hayes, VA.  The training consists of a morning of in-classroom instruction and discussion, and an afternoon session on the water, running through actual tour logistics and storylines. Participants will hear from and talk with other watermen running their own tours. All captains who successfully complete the course will become certified and be eligible for listing on the www.watermentours.com website.

The class meets at 8:30 am at Chesapeake Marine Training Institute, 3566 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes, VA 23072-1153 and finishes at 4 pm.

To enroll or for more information, please email jaik@ watermentours.com

Virginia Watermen’s Heritage Tourism Training Classes To Be Offered During Fall of 2015

Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is pleased to announce the availability of two watermen’s heritage tourism training classes during the fall of 2015.  These classes are specifically designed to teach working watermen how to share their personal connection with the Bay and its fisheries, history and culture with tourists and visitors to our rural tidewater Virginia communities.  These classes are made possible through the generous financial support of the Virginia Environmental Endowment in Richmond, VA.

Classroom instruction will include:  steps for establishing a heritage tourism business; marketing your tourism business; local resources you can draw on for business support at no/low cost; and a step-by-step guide to help you develop your own on-the-water heritage tour program.  Once participants complete the course, they are eligible for listing on the watermentours.com marketing website and can receive bookings directly from interested customers via the “build your tour” feature.

Captain David Rowe, a trained and certified heritage tour provider, demonstrates oyster tonging for visiting Longwood College professors.
Captain David Rowe, a trained and certified Virginia watermen’s heritage tour provider, demonstrates oyster tonging techniques for visiting Longwood College professors.

The first class offering will be on the peninsula at the Watermen’s Museum located at 309 Water Street in Yorktown, VA.   The classroom sessions will take place Monday-Thursday, October 12-15, 2015 (5-8 PM) and the on-the-water practical exercise will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 (9 AM-12 PM).   The second class offering will be hosted by the Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) in partnership with RCC and will take place at the ESCC campus at 29300 Lankford Highway in Melfa, VA.  The classroom sessions will take place Monday-Thursday, December 7-10, 2015 (5-8 PM) and the on-the-water practical exercise will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 (9 AM-12 PM).

The cost for the training is $25 per person.  Additional information, including the required application form, is available online at www.rappahanock.edu/workforce (for the peninsula class at Yorktown) and www.es.vccs.edu/workforce (for the eastern shore class at Melfa)

View full press release:  Press Release

View Peninsula (Yorktown, VA) Training Flyer & Application: Training Flyer  Application

View Eastern Shore (Melfa, VA) Training Flyer & Application: Training Flyer  Application

 

Lead Your Own Watermen Heritage Tour

RoweCrabPotsWe are offering two new training classes to certify more Watermen Heritage Tour captains. The classes will be held in October 2015, one will be in Yorktown from October 5-10, and the second will be October 19-24 on the Eastern Shore in Melfa. Each class will include 2-3 hours for 4 evenings in the classroom learning about business development, marketing, insurance/liability, environmental science, customer service, pricing, and more. Participants will hear from and talk with other watermen running their own tours. The class will also include a Saturday morning on-water practical session to run through actual tour logistics and storylines. All captains who successfully complete the course will become certified and be eligible for listing on our website. To enroll or for more information, please email Info @ watermentours.com

New Program Offers First-hand Look at Va. Watermen’s Work

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A group of watermen from the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula is offering hands-on tours to the public through the new “Virginia Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program.”

Participants will experience firsthand what it takes to get Virginia’s seafood from the Chesapeake Bay to the table by taking part in oyster tonging, oyster dredging, pulling crab pots and other on-the-water demonstrations.

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Tour Video Highlights the Activities Available

The Waterman’s Heritage Tourism Training Program is detailed in a new YouTube video. Hear Virginia Waterman’s Association president Ken Smith discuss the program.