Becoming a Volunteer

Becoming a Volunteer
What could be better than getting out into the fresh air and enabling our disabled members (sailors) to enjoy the wonderful sport of sailing? Add a great bunch of people, a beautiful location like Spinnaker Lake, and you have the makings of a fantastic day out. This is what our volunteers experience throughout the season.
Being a volunteer with New Forest Sailability (NFS) is a rewarding, satisfying and fun experience. You don’t have to be able to sail, but if you want to learn we can teach you. We need volunteers for a whole range of duties including:

* Meeting and greeting our disabled members, who we refer to as sailors
* Fitting sailors with buoyancy aids
* Making teas
* Chatting with our sailors and making them feel part of the team
* Rigging and de-rigging boats
* Helping our sailors into and out of boats
* Using hoists
* Crewing and helming for our sailors
* Driving the power boat
* Training
* Repairing equipment
* Fund raising
* Admin tasks

Volunteer Roles
Click here to learn more about the roles and resources for volunteers.
We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life, those with a disability, and people who are able-bodied but want to do something worthwhile.
Our volunteers and sailors make our club the success that it is so if you would like to become a volunteer click here for an application form.
You can leave your completed form at reception or copy and send via email to

Volunteer Logbook

The TEAM SAILABILITY Scheme and Volunteer Logbook have been designed by the RYA to compliment your personal progression as a valued member of a Sailability Group and to provide structured learning to support you as you develop your skills.
Volunteers are encouraged to follow the scheme but it is not compulsory. There are four levels; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum and as the scheme progresses the tasks become more challenging and some at the later stages require a formal RYA qualification. There are a variety of tasks to choose from covering essential jobs that you may take on.

See Volunteer Logbook Compulsory Task 1.