are DSA's lifeblood
Who are our volunteers
Volunteers are active in sailing
instruction, public information and in helping sailors with disabilities
to board and disembark from our fleet of specially designed Martin
16 sailboats. Currently DSA has about 70 volunteers.
All volunteers are encouraged to
participate in DSA's sailing activities and administrative tasks.
Volunteers contribute in their own capacities, gaining the confidence
and motivation to expand their knowledge, try new experiences
and get support at the same time from their friends.
While anyone can become a volunteer,
DSA members generally come from backgrounds of sailing, families
of people with disabilities, community organizations and recreation
work in the disability field.
DSA Volunteer Positions:
Applicants must possess excellent
communication skills and an ability to maintain confidentiality.
They must be willing to participate in DSA’s screening measures,
including an interview, reference checks, and police records checks.
Our sailing companion volunteers need to have required certification
or need to complete a certification test by DSA staff.
a. Land Volunteer
include daily upkeep of sail boats
• Rigging of sail boats
• Help with getting
our participants into the boats out on the water and back onto
b. Sailing Companion
be a qualified sailor and will be passed by our head instructor
• Take our participants
• Help with launching
• Use a two-way radio
• Know water safety
c. Maintenance crew
• Winterization of the
boats at the end of the sailing season.
e. Special events
with Regattas, children's events, special barbeques, community