Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario

QQDSP Volunteer Roles

 

Here's where we need some help:

Role

Description

Sailing companion

One of the most enjoyable ways of volunteering is by being a sailing companion and spending an hour or more on the water with one of our sailors. Our staff ensures that there is a good match between the sailor's and companion's sailing abilities.

Scheduling: Needed for two-hour periods at a time, particularly during day-time hours.

Prerequisites: CAN Sail Level III or staff approval. All additional training is provided.

Keel boat skipper

Experienced keelboat sailors that with one crew accompany a group of members in the sailboats on social cruises in the inner harbour.

Scheduling: Needed for two-hour periods at a time, particularly during day-time hours.

Prerequisites: CAN Sail Level III or staff approval, Toronto Harbour License, Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC) certification, staff approval. All additional training is provided.

Dock assistant

Provide assistance to rig and derig and to provide assistance to transfer safely in and out of the boats.

Transfer volunteers play an essential role in our program, since as many as four people can be required to safely transfer a severely disabled sailor from their wheelchair into the boat and back. QQDSP provides training to all transfer volunteers. No lifting or physical effort is required.

Social event support

Provide assistance with planning events, preparing and serving food and drink.

Racing program volunteer

Experienced racer to participate in our weekly race training sessions.

Our more serious racers participate in out of town regattas and would greatly benefit from some coaching from experienced racers.

Reach Regatta Volunteers

This year the QQDSP Reach Regatta will be held August 16-17. Volunteers are needed on shore and on the dock to help with registration, meals, transfers, "wheelchair parking", boat launching and haul-out and sometimes even guide dog sitting. For those who would prefer to be on the water there's always a need for sailing companions as well as spectator boats.



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DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario DSAO is a family of organizations that promote and enable Ontarians with disabilities to experience therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation through the freedom of independent sailing. DSAO's objective is to build the sport of disabled sailing, assist with athlete development and sustain international competitive excellence. DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
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