Become a Sailing Volunteer

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.

Volunteering Process

  1. Let our office team know you want to volunteer with us. They will talk you through the process in more detail.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Sign up to our sailing programme and GO SAILING!
  5. 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 Mate

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 Mate

2nd Mates need an RYA dayskipper and a commercial endorsement.