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How You Can Help

2018 Volunteers' Schedule is now available

Could you help disabled people enjoy the wonderful sport of sailing? We always need more volunteers as the numbers of disabled people we can get on the water is limited by the numbers of volunteers that we have.

Being a volunteer is a rewarding, satisfying and fun experience.   We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life.  We do need people with sailing and powerboat experience for some roles, but you do not have to be an expert sailor or have experience of supporting people with disabilities to volunteers for Sussex Sailability.  All you need is a willingness to help others and do something worthwhile.

We need volunteers for a whole range of duties including:

Shore-based: Volunteers are required to meet and greet disabled sailors, make tea and coffee, ensure that they are received and registered, help them get kitted out with life-jackets or other equipment, escorting disabled sailors on the pontoon and helping them get in and out of boats.  Assistance with fund-raising and other administrative tasks is also required at times other than on sailing sessions.

Competent crew: We require volunteers with sailing or other boating experience to help rig and de-rig sailing boats, assist with launching and recovering boats, maintain and repair our boats.  You may also be asked to assist a skipper as able-bodied crew on the water with disabled sailors.

Skippers: Each of our larger sailing boats require an experienced skipper to be in overall control and help train and develop the sailing skills of our disabled sailors.  We would particularly welcome experienced small keelboat or dinghy sailors, ideally with qualifications of at least RYA Assistant Instructor.

Safety boat: We require at least 2 RYA Safety Boat qualified volunteers for each session to provide safety boat cover for dinghies on the Adur River and at sea. Able-bodied crew with powerboat experience are also required to assist in the safety boat. If you have an RYA  Safety Boat qualification or a PB2 licence and wish to work towards your Safety Boat qualification we would really like to hear from you.

If you would like to get in touch about volunteering or would like more information please contact us.

Jay Forsyth is the co-ordinator for shore-based volunteers

Chris is the co-ordinator for volunteers with sailing or powerboat experience.

We ensure that volunteers get appropriate training in powerboat and sailing instruction to RYA standards as well as specific training on disabled sailing. Training is given by the RYA Training Centre attached to Sussex Yacht Club so you will learn in the same environment we sail in