Volunteer Crew

Simple steps in becoming volunteer crew

  • Complete a volunteer form and return it to the office
  • Book yourself on a voyage and have your skills assessed
  • Sign up to volunteer crew training
  • Liaise with Challenge Wales to co-ordinate your free Enhanced CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check
  • Book yourself onto voyages you would like to do (the Skipper will match your skills and experience to the trip)
  • Decide if you want to be a member of Challenge Wales and save money on youth trips and receive other benefits.

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

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 person and are then expected to commit to at least 1 training day, 1 sailing voyage (minimum of 1 day) and 1 shore-side day (e.g. maintenance, manning a stand, sub-committee activity etc) within a 12 month period. If you can't join us within 12 months you will need to pay for another qualifying assessment voyage. However, if you become a member of Challenge Wales this re-assessment voyage fee is waived. 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. Volunteers may also be young people who have previously sailed with us with a group but are now wanting to continue their sailing and stay involved with Challenge Wales.

Volunteer crew members have different levels of sailing experience from nothing to extremely experienced. Through the Challenge Wales Training Centre we encourage and support volunteers who wish to undertake RYA courses such as Competent Crew and Day Skipper 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. An optional membership scheme is available to volunteer crew which gives volunteers various discounts, particularly when sailing on young people's trips.

Please note that all volunteer crew who sail on youth trips will need an Enhanced CRB which Challenge Wales will organise for you.

To apply to be a Challenge Wales Volunteer crew fill in the Volunteer Crew form

Maintenance Volunteers:

Although we have volunteers who are able to maintain the boat on a weekly basis, and attend our Ship Shape Days, 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. Regular Ship Shape Days tend to take place on a Wednesday when Challenge Wales isn't sailing.

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