Volunteers

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. Sussex Sailability is a 100% volunteer run organisation.

Being a volunteer is a rewarding, satisfying and fun experience.     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. If you want to get involved please click here to contact us.

Volunteer roles required

Shore-based volunteer roles

Volunteers are required to meet and greet disabled sailors, make tea and coffee, help sailors put on life-jackets or other equipment, escort disabled sailors on the pontoon and help them get in and out of boats. 

Volunteers with sailing or other boating experience can help rig and de-rig sailing boats, assist with launching and recovering and maintain and repair our boats. 

Water-based volunteer roles

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.

Competent crew: If you have some sailing experience, but are not yet ready to skipper a sailing boat, you may be asked to assist a skipper as crew on the water with disabled sailors

Safety boat: We require 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.

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