Volunteering is a wonderful and rewarding experience.  You are a valuable team member helping us to help others to enjoy new activities as well as offering some challenging opportunities to our members.

Volunteers are the backbone of our service.

We are an established network of dedicated, fun loving people,  all pooling a variety of skills to help others. While we go about our duties in a relaxed atmosphere, there is always the thrill of sailing and sharing a few laughs.

No experience necessary – just the enthusiasm to get involved.  Volunteer hours can be flexible to suit your other commitments.

What we offer

  • Fun for all on water … and land, focusing on the healthy activities of sailing and boating.
  • Experiential contact in a structured format (stimulating interaction between people and activity).
  • Basic sail training for those able to get involved.
  • Camaraderie, community contact and personal development.

What we expect from you

Choose from many roles such as skippering a sailing boat, driving a power boat, preparing and maintaining boats and equipment, radio operator, volunteer and client co-ordinator, dock handler, support crew on water or land, sausage sizzler and many more including administration and managing people.

Listen, learn, be respectful and help as much as you can.  Smile and encourage others.

What to bring with you

  • Sun protection, enclosed shoes or secure sandals (the pontoon gets hot) and lunch, or try our free (for volunteers only) sausage sizzle.  We supply tea, coffee and chilled water.
  • Wear your SW polo shirt, which you purchase through us at subsidised rates.
  • Take care of your personal belongings as they are not covered by our insurance.

We provide

  • Use of our boats and equipment
  • Registered blue card application (if required)
  • Free Sausage sizzle every sailing day for members
  • Discounted polo shirt with your name.

Where & When we operate

Downstairs at the back of the Whitsunday Sailing Club.  Park at the front of the club.

Usually every other Tuesday. You will be advised of dates which are tide dependent.  Sessions run from 8.00am to approximate 1.00pm.  Volunteers are notified via SMS prior to each Sailing Day by the volunteer co-ordinator.  Please reply to this with a Y or N by Monday morning prior.  This is extremely important for organising.

Whitsunday Sailing Club

We are very grateful to the Club for the use of their facilities.  It is therefore important to respect them and keep our area clean and tidy.

What to do when you arrive

  • Sign in and collect your name tag, if your name is not already embroidered on your polo shirt.
  • Report to OOD for job allocation if unsure of what to do.
  • Check the whiteboard for essential information and who’s doing what.

If you are a skipper

Find which boat you have been allocated, prepare it for pre-launch and check bungs and furling system etc because   You are responsible for boat and client.

Collect & check your client.  Ask before you do something such as tightening their life jacket.

Leave for the launch area when instructed by OOD, usually after briefing.  Ask the client if they would like you to go in front or behind them on the pontoon.  Some may need to hold onto you.

Tips on having a successful day

  • Do not make any assumptions when dealing with clients.
  • Speak directly to the client whenever possible, not through the carer.
  • Be observant of the way your client communicates and respond positively.
  • Show your client that you are happy and that you are happy with them.
  • Listen to them and be patient, you may learn something.
  • Never pretend to understand. If you are uncertain ask again.
  • Be aware of their personal space and respect it.
  • Guide dogs are working dogs, so do not pat or speak to a guide dog while in a harness.

Become a volunteer

If you have time and would like to help us run our sailing program – come down and try it out – please phone 0499 835 111 and leave your phone number OR use our CONTACT tab.