Volunteering for Footloose is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, and you don’t have to be an experienced sailor to serve as a volunteer. You can help with tasks on land, dock and/or on the boats and there are opportunities to cross-train in all three areas. Our experienced all-volunteer staff will show you, and along the way you’ll learn about sailing. Friends, family members and care givers are encouraged to lend a hand as well.
In order to provide a safe and fun outing, Footloose needs 25 volunteers for each day sail. We offer day sails almost every other Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of September. This requires many people, both able bodied (ABS) and some with disabilities, to perform all the tasks for a smooth and safe event. We typically need volunteers at the Leschi daysail events from 10 AM until 6 PM. Some will do half shifts like helping with the morning setup and signin, or coming to give fresh energy at the end of the day. Volunteers need to commit to a full shift or full day to insure that we are not left shorthanded.
Volunteers are also needed year round to help with boat maintenance, fund raising, publications, volunteer training and other tasks.
Examples of tasks:
- Setting up the registration area in the morning, canopy setup, arranging paper work.
- Helping active members complete registration materials.
- Prepare participants for sailing (checking for proper clothing, water and sunscreen).
- Fitting life jackets (proper size and fit).
- Shore side escorts to the boats for each sailing (from registration to the docks and back).
- Assisting people on board (use of the davit systems).
- Preparing the boats at the beginning of each event and securing them at the end of the event.
- Crewing on the keel boats.
- Skippers for all classes of boats .
- End of day putting everything away and cleanup.
Skippers are experienced sailors and boat handlers that have satisfactorily gained approval from Skipper Coordinator. Training is provided for interested skippers and a skills test is required.
The training is for Footloose only, not an ASA certification.
Crew members assist skippers running the boat. Crew are expected to understand basic boat operation. Training is provided for interested crew members and a skills test is required.
Dock crew assists participants in loading boats, helping mobility impaired participants get into the boats, and provides logistics for boats leaving and arriving at the docks. Training is provided on necessary equipment.
Event staff facilitates participants as they sign in, directs the loading of boats, and manages the overall logistics of Footloose events. Training is provided as needed.
Here is the online Footloose Training Manual
If you are interested in more information on serving with Footloose please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.