Becoming a DSAA Volunteer is very easy, and will prove to be a very rewarding experience! As a DSAA volunteer, you can learn about sailing, assist our community of sailors, staff and fellow volunteers, meet new people, and have a lot of fun in the sun – all for a great cause.
Qualified volunteers are most often needed to accompany our sailors on the water. They may captain the ship, or simply be on the boat to assure the safety of the sailor and provide coaching and guidance as appropriate. DSAA Sailing Companions have the option to command our SONAR, Martin 16 or Access Dinghy.
All sailing companions must have their CanSail III (or equivalent) certificate, or similarly sufficient experience, and a DSAA membership. They also must have knowledge of sailing safety procedures, and understand how to use our radio system. Our staff are more than happy to introduce or refresh a sailing companion’s knowledge of inclusive sailing technologies like the hoyer, the autohelm and the windlass system whenever needed.
General Volunteer - Community Events, Equipment & Maintenance, etc.
The DSAA needs general volunteers for our community events (Annual Stampede Breakfast!), equipment & maintenance support, among others. Some of the areas of support include cleaning the fleet or the facility, organizing the back storage room, flipping pancakes on a flat top griddle, painting faces or taking photos and we promise you will have fun!
Safety is a priority at DSAA and it is crucial that that safety standards are upheld and the boats are maintained in operating condition. Our volunteers help perform regular preventative maintenance tasks and assure that the boats, club house and equipment are properly maintained throughout the season. It is incredibly rewarding to see a boat you have worked tirelessly be completed, used and enjoyed by so many grateful people!
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the DSAA is responsible for governance and his fiduciary responsibility for the success of the organization and mission.