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Volunteers 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.

Image: Man and woman cutting through the water.

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

Could 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 land

b. Sailing Companion

Must be a qualified sailor and will be passed by our head instructor
Take our participants on sails
Help with launching the sailboat
Use a two-way radio
Know water safety

c. Maintenance crew

Upkeep of equipment
Winterization of the boats at the end of the sailing season.

d. Administration

e. Special events

Help with Regattas, children's events, special barbeques, community displays

How to Volunteer!

  Image: Herb giving a thumbs up sitting in sailboat.

Reasons to Volunteer
with DSA, Sailing (of course!)

DSA depends upon, and is grateful for, our dedicated volunteers. Without the support of our volunteers the association would not be the success it is today.

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For more information on volunteer opportunities:

DSA head office:
Phone: 604-688-6464



Volunteer application
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