Overview of Volunteer Opportunities
Fleet and Facility
Work parties are scheduled throughout the year. At the spring work parties, members prep and launch the boats and tidy up the docks for the sailing season. In the fall, they pull the boats out of the water and ready them for winter storage. Throughout the season, members perform the bulk of the boat and dock maintenance. Joining a group of fellow sailors for a work party makes the work more fun undefined required tasks are completed quickly, there is plenty of time for friendly conversation as the work progresses and you can learn a lot about the boats you sail.
Dates for work parties are announced in the weekly e-newsletter and listed on the Calendar. Come and help out for a couple of hours or the whole day (lunch is provided for those working the entire day!). Crew and adult family members are encouraged to attend at least one work party each season; Impulse and J22/Sonar skippers are encouraged to attend at least three work parties each year.
All of the boats in the DSC fleet require routine maintenance and, sometimes, restorative work. Drawing on the diverse skills of our member volunteers, the boats are kept in good condition and members learn firsthand how to maintain and repair the boats. All kinds of skills are needed.
If you would like to work on fleet and facility first register as a Volunteer Member, email email@example.com.
Education and Events
Without a pool of qualified, enthusiastic instructors, our adult education program would cease to exist. Our instructors, as well as competent skippers, also allow the DSC to open its docks to local businesses for corporate outings.
Committee chairs and members, as well as crew, are needed to make our Friday socials, Ya’ Gotta Regatta, Sail for Kids and other special events possible. Watch for special event announcements and details in the weekly e-newsletter. if you would like to volunteer at any of our special events please firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DSC employs only a small paid staff. There is always a little too much work to be done, so volunteers keep the administrative side of the operation running smoothly by doing computer work, answering phones, filing, performing small office maintenance tasks, etc.
Outreach and Accessible
No sailing experience is necessary to volunteer for our accessible programs. We provide training for everyone and great ways to jump right into the action.
Volunteer buddy sailors, assistants and dock support allow us to offer the joy of sailing at little or no cost to sailors of all ages with disabilities. Volunteers receive training to ensure that all the participants enjoy themselves and sail safely. BACKGROUND CHECKS are also necessary for these positions since you will be working with a vulnerable population.
Whether you are an instructor or an enthusiastic crew, the outreach programs have a constant need for volunteers. High school and college students can earn service-learning hours working on the summer sailing programs. BACKGROUND CHECKS are also necessary since you will be working with a vulnerable population. Schedules are flexible and some paid positions may be available.
If you would like to work on accessible and outreach programs, first register as a volunteer member then email email@example.com.
If you love Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or just want to gain a new perspective on sailing, working with our STEM outreach program may be for you. After school programming runs throughout the school year at two Baltimore City Schools and summer programming onsite at the DSC. We have opportunities for instructors who would like to teach students K-8 introductory sailing, work in the classroom to assist with enrichment, or in another capacity to help our program run smoothly.
If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities undefined or maybe you have a skill or a desire to do something that doesn't fit into any of the general categories above, please talk to one of the DSC staff members or call us at 410-727-0722.