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Shore based support

There is a lot of “behind the scenes” work that goes into the day to day running of Adventures Offshore and we always welcome offers of help with any of these tasks. From fundraising or sitting on the board of trustees, to running the website or helping to promote Adventures Offshore; there is an enormous range of important shore based tasks that help to keep the boats sailing. So whether you live locally to our Ipswich base and can help to buy food stocks for our hungry crew, or have specialist boat maintenance skills, we’d love to hear from you.

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On the water

We have a team of volunteer skippers and mates that sign up to lead voyages throughout the season, and are always looking for the right people to join the team. We also ask afterguard to attend anOne of our volunteers providing instruction to crew on knots annual training session and a small number of refit (maintenance) days, which is important for enabling you to be completely familiar with the boats.

In return, once accepted as volunteer afterguard, there are fantastic opportunities to progress your sailing skills by taking part in voyages in UK waters and further afield. Sail training is a uniquely challenging, special and particularly rewarding way of sailing and our volunteers return year after year because of the fantastic opportunities available through Adventures Offshore.

We are particularly interested to hear from experienced sailors, already part-qualified to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Coastal level and with an interest in youth work. It is important to remember that we are looking for more than just raw sailing skills - our work with young people and training inexperienced crews presents unique challenges, and it is important that our afterguard are suited to the role.

The first step for experienced sailors is to undertake an introductory weekend. This will enable you to find out more about how we operate; as well as enabling us to find out about you and whether you will be suited to sailing with us. You may then be invited back on further voyages to enable you to familiarise yourself with our boats and procedures, before being fully accepted as either a skipper or mate dependent on your skills, experience and qualifications.

Many of our current afterguard first sailed with Adventures Offshore or other sail training organisations as crew, and have worked their way through the necessary qualifications and built their experience to sail with us as afterguard. If you have sailed with us and are interested in progressing your skills to this stage, you may be interested in joining our trainee mate scheme.

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Are you interested in volunteering with Adventures Offshore? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Click here to contact us to discuss how you could get involved.

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