Bay Watermen Become Chesapeake Tour Guides
Their innovation is award-winning
Chesapeake Bay waterman were coming close to extinction in 2010 when a group of Chesapeake non-profits got innovative. The bright idea: Training captains who make a living on the Bay to give tours of the water and their craft.
Now, 80 watermen guide tours through the Bay where they make their living, earning extra cash during the slow seasons.
The idea is so bright that the Watermen Heritage Tourism Training Program has won the Maryland Historical Trust’s 2013 Preservation Partnership Award.
Book a tour of your own with a waterman, learning what it’s like to live and work on the Chesapeake. Watermen guide on-the-water crabbing adventures, scenic kayak tours, photography trips, sunset sails and traditional skipjack charters. If you’d rather stick to land, tour an oyster seeding facility or see the ins and outs of the soft-shell crab industry.
Find you tour at www.watermenheritagetours.org.