Volunteers and sailing instructors arrive at DOSC at around 8.30am. After registration, the team springs into action to rig the boats and move them to the pontoon, set up the land-based activities and ensure the necessary safety items are in place.
For students working on land, activities include knot tying, boat knowledge, puzzles and games, alternating with beach sessions for kayaking and paddleboarding. For more advanced students, there may be the opportunity to practice rigging a Pico.
For students on the water, they may be sailing in an Access Dinghy, where they will be working one to one with an assistant instructor, or on a RS Venture as part of a small group. From time to time, there is the opportunity to sail on a keel boat. For more advanced students, independent sailing on an Access Dinghy or a Pico may be possible.
At the end of the session, students rinse off their buoyancy aids, hang them up to dry and return all items to the store. After a re-cap with the instructors, they head home with their families, teachers or carers. Volunteers then attend a debrief.
Again, the format is largely the same as for the previous sessions, except that we tend to focus on water based activities.
After the session ends and the students have left, volunteers transfer the boats back to the slip way where they are rinsed, de-rigged and moved back to the boat yard. Volunteers are usually finished before 6pm.