Volunteers

A small amount of your time can make a big difference

We want to see as many people as possible sailing on Challenge Wales. However, to help us achieve our objectives and make this happen we need to rely on fundraisers and volunteers.

There are several ways you can get involved as a volunteer…

Volunteer Crew:

Volunteers of Challenge Wales who wish to be crew would have joined Challenge Wales as a paying guest on at least one of her trips before becoming a volunteer crew member. This enables the volunteer to meet the crew, talk to the Skipper and to get involved in all aspects of sailing. Sailing Challenge Wales is very different to sailing smaller boats which you may have experience of. Volunteer crew members need to be assessed to see if they have the right skills, initiative and can work well as a team. We are also looking for volunteer crew who have enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, maturity and are keen to learn in addition to sailing skills.

Volunteer crew are needed most of the year. This could be to help with a day sail locally, being part of the crew for a delivery job or even crew on some of the longer voyages. This means that there are opportunities for you to volunteer during the weekends, mid week or on longer trips. You may find that you can give us just a few hours a month of your time. If you can that is great. However, you may be able to give us a few days of your time a month or maybe even a few weeks when we are really busy. We appreciate whatever amount of time you can offer to Challenge Wales and your commitment.

Volunteer crew members have different levels of sailing experience. Through the Challenge Wales Training Centre we encourage and support volunteers who wish to undertake Competent Crew and Day Skipper RYA qualifications as well as higher sailing qualifications and theory courses. We undertake frequent volunteer training days onboard to help you develop the right skills and techniques and learn how to do things 'the Challenge Wales way'. Volunteering as crew allows you the opportunity to develop your personal and decision making skills, team working abilities, help young people achieve their goals and allows you to undertake milebuilding sailing trips.

Volunteer crew pay a nominal charge of £10 per day when they sail on Challenge Wales to cover food and fuel costs while onboard. When volunteers are crewing on young people's trips this nominal charge is reduced. Young people (aged 18 - 25) who are volunteer crew will pay a reduced daily charge of £5 per day when sailing onboard.

To register your interest as a Challenge Wales Volunteer crew then fill in the Volunteer Crew form. Please provide as much information as possible about your sailing experience and availability. We will use this form as a basis to assess you on your Volunteer Crew status.

Maintenance Volunteers:

Although we have personnel who are able to maintain the boat on a daily basis there are times when a structured maintenance programme has to be put into place. This may relate to servicing the engine, annual maintenance of equipment, inventory check of all items on board or cleaning the boat to name a few. If you want to get involved as a Maintenance Volunteer then please fill in the Volunteer form. We appreciate that different volunteers can give different amounts of time and expertise so whether it is just for a few hours on one weekend or more regular volunteering then that is great.

Administration Volunteers:

At key times of the year we become more busy due to the volume of enquiries, keeping our fundraisers, volunteers, supporters and crew up to date with what is going on, handling calls and undertaking mailings. It is at these times that we need some extra pairs of hands. If you have a minimum of a few hours to spare and would like to get involved then please fill in the Volunteer form. You don't need to be experienced in administration roles to become an administration volunteer as training will be given.

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