volunteer with sailability


Sailability relies upon a team of dedicated volunteers to achieve its goal to give people of determination the opportunity to learn to sail. 

Sailability volunteers come from all walks of life, range in age from 16 to 60+ and represent many different nationalities. While we always appreciate help from experienced sailors who are qualified to skipper and drive a powerboat, we also welcome less experienced sailors. The key qualities we are always looking for are people who are friendly, patient and cheerful – and, of course, feel as passionately as we do about Sailability and the incredible value that learning to sail brings to our students.


Sailability sessions are held every Wednesday at 8:30am – 12:00pm and 3:30pm – 5:15pm.

On a Thursday we have 2 sessions, 8:30am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm– 3:00pm during school term times.

Depending on how much time a volunteer has to spare, they can choose to help with either one, two, three or all four sessions of Sailability’s weekly sailing sessions.

At the start of each half-term period, we ask our volunteers to confirm their availability. We appreciate that this may be subject to change as the term progresses; all we ask is that you let us know as soon as possible in advance of each session if you’re not able to attend.

While it is beneficial for both volunteers and students if they can attend on a regular basis, we understand this isn’t possible for everyone. So, even if you have an unpredictable work pattern or variable commitments, it’s not a barrier to becoming a Sailability volunteer. Just let us know as soon as you can when you’re available – we can always do with an extra pair of hands!

what does a sailability volunteer do?

Sailability volunteers perform a range of different tasks, including:

    • Rigging and de-rigging of boats
    • Instructing students out on the water
    • Powerboat driving and crewing 
    • Helping to launch and recover boats from the pontoon
    • Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding with students
    • Helping students to fit their buoyancy aids
    • Playing learning-based games with students to teach sailing theory in a fun and engaging way
    • Having fun on the beach with students!


The first step to becoming a Sailability volunteer at DOSC is to fill out the online application form on the right and click submit. Once we have reviewed your information we will be in touch to discuss the next steps with you. 

Please note that all volunteers are obliged to attend the RYA Disability Awareness Training Course, which take place twice per year, usually in mid-October and -mid January.

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