We are holding three new training courses for captains this winter. The courses are expected to be held in Mathews, Westmoreland, and Lancaster counties between November 2017 through March 2018. Exact dates and locations will be partially determined by the feedback we receive from interested captains.
These trainings are made possible through the generous support of two grant programs. Dominion’s Foundation graciously awarded us an Environmental Education and Stewardship grant to train additional captains and highlight the environmental connections between commercial fishing and water quality. The River Counties Community Foundation also provided us with funding to train captains for in-school presentations.
Both grants allow us to offer even more tours and on-land options. If you are a waterman and interested in participating in an upcoming course, please contact us and tell us a little about yourself in the “How can we help you” section. Please include the best way to get in touch with you, where you would be providing tours, your experience in fishing or oystering, and what type of boat you have.
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
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.
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).
We 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
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.