Volunteering with us!
Chesil Sailability is run entirely by volunteers - a great team of people who are all passionate about helping people with disabilities! Even if you don't like getting your feet wet, or know one end of a boat from the other, there is a role for you!
A current volunteer said, "It is the best thing I've ever been involved in."
Be a part of our 2012 legacy!
There is a role for everyone to volunteer, from the odd hour to a few hours a week; you can make an important difference to helping people with disabilities get out on the water, and provide the opportunity to sail themselves and achieve control in the driving seat.
Can you help with any of the following or add a new one to our list?
Sailing instructing, power boating, power boat instructing, administration, IT, web design, Web Master, First Aid, disability awareness training, RIB driving, skippering, race management, meet and greet, reception, pontoon team, boat maintenance, handyman, fund raising, sponsorship, marketing, membership admin, newsletters, PR, graphic design, copy writing, social organising, carpenter, welder, painter, mechanic, bosun, engineer, cake maker, safety, oh and yes, did we say sailing?!
Do I need to know how to sail?
No - anybody can help the team: you don't have to get your feet wet or know one end of the boat from the other. As a team we love to share skills, learn together and will arrange training for those who want to acquire new skills.
If you love the water there are some great roles...
Dinghy instructing - Perhaps you have an out of date qualification that you would like to update with us, or a vast range of experience that would benefit from a formal qualification?
Power Boats/Safety Boat - We follow the RYA scheme. If you have experience, that's a great starting point, but it's just as easy to learn from scratch. It's a great skill to have; the Club Safety Boat Operator course is recognised worldwide.
If you prefer to stay on land we have a range of roles...
Reception and Pontoon teams: welcome the sailors as they arrive, look after our team's welfare, keep track of everyone going out and coming back or help sailors into and out of the boats, using the hoists where needed.
First Aid is really useful along with sign language or just helping people to read and understand the programme.
Behind the scenes: the Chesil Sailability team wouldn’t be complete without people skilled with tools to maintain our boats. Promotion and fundraising at whatever level, from writing bids to holding fundraising events, are very important to help us achieve our vision. Administration is an important part of keeping us afloat too, so any business, administration and IT skills are always well received, including web design and management, graphics or marketing skills. And don't forget we need a social team, to organise events where we can all get together.
Whatever your skills, do get in touch, and we can make you part of the team!
The great thing about joining our team is there is an important role for everyone. We have a strong commitment to safety and our training programmes focus on everyone knowing our policies, procedures and safety plans as well as our vision for disability sailing.
To assist the team and participants, volunteers receive core disability awareness training as well as specific training on how to get sailors in and out of boats and RIBs. As the group develops there will be regular training for team members to develop old skills, learn new ones and lead the group forward into new activities. To join please go to our membership page.
In the Media
Chesil Sailability AGM 2017
First 2017 Sailing Session
Volunteer Training 18th March
Access Dorset film!
Local third sector organisation, Access Dorset, have filmed one of our sessions and created a brilliant video!