Training for Volunteers

CVSS welcomes volunteers with no previous experience of sailing or working with disabled people. Our volunteers work in teams whose members are keen to support newcomers. After all, we were all new once, and we really need your help!

If you are a lakeside volunteer we will work within your "comfort zone". If you don't want to sail or katakanu we have many land-based jobs you can do. All absolutely critical to keeping CVSS on the water.

As a new volunteer we will arrange a DBS check for you (if you don't have one and are over 16 years). CVSS arranges this and covers any costs. We will introduce you to the team and to key site and safety information on your first visit so you feel at home.  From then on if you might want to assist on the water we will take you sailing in a specially adapted 'Access' dinghy and help you build your skills so that you can become a 'Buddy Sailor' sailing alongside disabled sailors. 

You will learn how to moor our boats safely, rig them and how to help disabled sailors board both dinghies and katakanus. You will also learn about hoisting disabled people and fitting slings. As you become more familiar with the operation you may be asked to crew a patrol or safety boat (these are power boats) with an experienced helm. Of course we do not expect you to gain these skills in a couple of visits!

Land based volunteers will become part of our Shore Officer's team, meeting and greeting, fitting buoyancy aids, assisting with shore based safety and keeping our absolutely essential records of who is on site and what they are doing. You may be asked to make the tea...but so might the Sailing Leader!

CVSS offers Child Protection and Disability Awareness Training "in house" as required by organisational needs. Established volunteers may be asked to attend First Aid, Child Protection and other land based courses. Additionally they may also be asked to do water based training such RYA Powerboat and Safety Boat courses. These courses are locally based and CVSS covers the cost.

CVSS is part of the RYA 'Sailability' Volunteer Support Scheme. Any CVSS volunteer can join this and we would be very happy to support you working your way through the scheme, however there is no requirement on CVSS volunteers to do so.

CVSS welcomes 'Young Volunteers' aged 16 and over who are generally at school or college or are jobseekers. We recognise that these volunteers may have many demands on their time so we ask them to complete 2-hour duty slots (most older volunteers work half or full days). Many young volunteers work Saturdays. We provide a Lakeside self recording system so that the young volunteers can keep a record of their duties completed and activities carried out. In this way CVSS can help them develop skills and have a record on which to base references which we are happy to write to support job and college applications. If a young volunteer needs help keeping a written record CVSS can assist.

If you would like to enquire further about volunteering, please contact our Booking Secretary

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