Volunteers sail with us in a variety of sea-staff roles, from trainee mate through to skipper. Which role is right for you depends on how much experience you have, and whether you have any maritime qualifications.
- Let our office team know you want to volunteer with us. They will talk you through the process in more detail.
- Complete one of our training and assessment weekends. We’ll show you around the boats, tell you about the work we do, and give you a chance to show what you can do!
- Boring (but essential) paperwork. After your training weekend, we’ll tell you which position we think is right for you. But before you can sail we still need to do a DBS background check because you’ll be working with children. We’ll also need to get copies of any maritime qualifications you have.
- Sign up to our sailing programme and GO SAILING!
- Have a great time.
What qualifications do I need to be a…
Skippers must hold a full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with a commercial endorsement. We also like you to have an RYA powerboat II and a food hygiene certificate. We can help you get these if you don’t have them.
1st Mates need to hold an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal to sail on long trips, or an RYA Dayskipper to sail on a weekend voyage. You also need a commercial endorsement for your qualification and we like you to have RYA Powerboat II and food hygiene certificates too.
2nd Mates need an RYA dayskipper and a commercial endorsement.