We are always interested in hearing from anyone with a real interest in the welfare of young people and yacht sailing experience. Our volunteer Skippers, Mates, Watch Officers and Watch Leaders are the backbone of the Project.

Trainee route

At the end of a Sail Training Voyage the Skipper can put forward crew members with leadership potential for our Watch Leader selection process. If they pass this, undergo a DBS check and gain their RYA Competent Crew certificate, they can become Watch Leaders in the Project. From here, if they want to continue sailing with us and give something back to society, they can become Watch Officers then Mates and ultimately Skippers. Currently over 60% of our 60 volunteer Skippers started as trainees on our boats.

Supernumerary route

The other route to becoming a volunteer is to sail with us as a Supernumerary. To do this we would require you to undergo a DBS check and would normally expect you to be an RYA Day Skipper. If you get a recommendation from your Skipper and have liked the look of what you have seen you can then become a Watch Officer. Subsequently you can progress to Mate (RYA Coastal Yachtmaster with Commercial Endorsement) and then Skipper (RYA Yachtmaster with Commercial Endorsement). All Project promotions are decided by the Project Director who consults our Afterguard Panel, a committee of Project Skippers and others.

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