PC Volunteer

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VOLUNTEER ROLES

There are a variety of volunteer roles that need to be filled. In all cases, the necessary training for you to perform these jobs will be provided. If you'd like to get involved please call us at 514-694-6021.

Sailing Companions

Many of the participants have little or no sailing experience. Qualified sailing companions are required until the participants are certified to sail on their own.

Duties

  • Rig and de-rig the sail boats
  • Assist in the transfer of sailors from the dock to the Martin 16.
  • Accompany the sailor on the water to ensure a safe and enjoyable sail.

Pre-requisite skills

  • Sail Canada White Sail level III or equivalent experience.
  • Ease and comfort in sailing on small boats.

Training

  • Disability awareness
  • Rigging and de-rigging the Martin 16
  • Rigging and de-rigging auto-helm
  • Use of hoists and slings to safely transfers sailors in and out of Martin 16
  • Safety protocols

When needed

  • Two hour sessions from midday to evening Monday to Sunday
  • Co-ordinate availability with AQVA manager or instructor

Dock Assistants

The staff and experienced sailors require assistance to rig and de-rig and to transfer safely in and out of the boats.

Duties

  • Rig the Martin 16, do equipment check and ensure all components are working properly.
  • Assist sailor to transfer in & out of boat.
  • Assist sailor in tying off the bow and stern lines and departing dock area safely.
  • Secure lines to dock when boat returns
  • De-rigging and stowing the sails and other equipment.

Training

  • Disability awareness
  • Rigging and de-rigging the Martin 16
  • Rigging and de-rigging auto-helm
  • Use of hoists and slings to safely transfers sailors in and out of Martin 16
  • Safety protocols

When needed

  • Two hour sessions from midday to evening Monday to Sunday.
  • Co-ordinate availability with AQVA manager or instructor.

Boat & Equipment Maintenance Support

The boats and equipment need preventative maintenance to ensure their integrity and longevity. This will prolong the life of expensive and critical equipment, prevent sailing accidents and contribute to a safe and enjoyable sailing season.

Duties

  • Perform regular maintenance and small repairs to ensure proper functioning of equipment.
  • Check that all fittings and system work properly.

Pre-requisite skills

  • Mechanical aptitude and ease with tools.
  • Knowledge of small boat repair

Training

  • Disability awareness
  • On the job training under the guidance of knowledgeable instructor or manager.

When needed

  • At beginning of season in May for the preparation of the boats that were stored during the winter.
  • Prior to and just after the Coupe du Quebec regatta. (usually the last weekend in July)
  • Prior to and just after out of town regattas.
  • At the end of the season to prepare and winterize the boats.
  • On an “as needed” basis.
  • Co-ordinate availability with AQVA manager or instructor.

Social Events Support

AQVA hosts and is involved in numerous events including the season opening Happy Hour, annual BBQ, the Coupe du Québec Regatta, raffle draw, closing dinner and other community events.

Duties

  • Provide assistance with organizing and hosting events.
  • Helping participants during these events, serving food and drink and socializing.

Prerequisite Skills

  • Your enthusiasm and easy going, fun loving attitude.

Training

  • Pre-event briefing specific to duties.

When needed

  • For specific events co-ordinate availability with AQVA manager

View the complete Volunteer Manual here.