Volunteers do not need to be sailors and can provide help of different kinds and at different levels. They are not carers, our members have their carers with them to take charge of their welfare so our volunteers concentrate on being facilitators, to enable the members to sail. We also need volunteers to welcome members, collect fees and help provide beverages. Other volunteers prepare the boats and help the members aboard, using hoists when necessary.
All necessary guidance and training is provided to ensure that you find the experience both rewarding and enjoyable.
Experienced sailors are also welcome. Training is given for those who wish to crew the safety boat(s).
As an organisation affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association we follow the guidelines set out to protect the more vulnerable sailors.We are an equal opportunities organisation and our members and volunteers are male and female and include people from minority groups. We welcome any enthusiastic volunteers, and those who come into regular contact with vulnerable members will be required to allow an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure.
One of our volunteers says:
“I started as a volunteer last year having finally re-organised my work diary. As a dinghy sailor myself I have always enjoyed introducing others to the sport and promised myself some years ago that I would get involved with Sailability when the opportunity arose. It has met all my expectations of being immensely rewarding and fun with a great bunch of sailors and volunteers. The volunteers are a mixed group of sailors and non-sailors with all making an equal and valuable contribution. I would encourage everyone who likes the water and an afternoon out in the open air (and occasional sunshine?) to give it a go.”