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Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the many areas where your contribution of time can make a difference. Once you sign up as a volunteer member you can check the volunteer calendar for event opportunities (below). You can also email the staff members if you have specific interests.

Upcoming Volunteer Events

08 Jul 2017 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
10 Jul 2017 5:00 PM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
17 Jul 2017 5:30 PM • Meet at the picnic tables near the Docks
22 Jul 2017 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
24 Jul 2017 5:00 PM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
31 Jul 2017 5:30 PM • Meet at the picnic tables near the Docks
05 Aug 2017 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
13 Aug 2017 7:30 AM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
19 Aug 2017 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
09 Sep 2017 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
17 Sep 2017 8:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock

Overview of Volunteer Opportunities 

Fleet and Facility

Work Parties

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.

Boat Maintenance

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 programs@downtownsailing.org.

Education and Events

Adult Programs

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. 

Special Events

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 programs@downtownsailing.org.

Office Support

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. 

If you would like to work on education and events, first register as a volunteer member then email programs@downtownsailing.org.

Outreach and Accessible

Accessible  Programs

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 programs@downtownsailing.org.

STEM Programming

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 questions, or are interested in volunteering, fill out our interest form or email our STEM Coordinator, Amanda, at programs@downtownsailing.org

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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.

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