General Volunteering Information
Since Community Boating’s founding, volunteers have comprised the strong backbone that keeps CBI afloat. Without volunteer instructors and people willing to take newcomers out on training sails, there wouldn’t be much of a community in Community Boating.
Volunteer Instructor Training Sessions:
There are many ways to improve as a sailor; racing, drills, and capsizing, for starters. However, one of the surest ways to strengthen your skills AND contribute to the sailing community is to teach! CBI Volunteer Instructors are the backbone of the Adult Program, and any member can join our faculty! Volunteer instructors receive CBI training and support, can teach whenever they choose, and get to participate in instructor-only events such as night sails, river cruises, and social events. The quickest way to get started is to attend a Learn-To-Teach (LTT) session for the classes you are interested in teaching. In order to do this, email [email protected] to sign up or discuss other opportunities in the Volunteer Faculty. Upcoming sessions are already scheduled!
LTT Orientation: 8/3 @ 5:30
LTT Mainsail: 8/5 @ 5:30 (Red Rating required)
LTT Rigging: 8/10 @5:45 (Green Rating required)
LTT Rigging: 8/12 @ 5:45 (Green Rating required)
**Please note that a valid Adult Program membership is required in order to teach for CBI.
Email [email protected] to sign up.
First Sail Skippers Needed:
Over the past two months, our new sailors in the Adult Program have been participating in a unique learning experience that builds confidence and camaraderie. These First Sail classes have been incredibly popular among new sailors, and it all happens thanks to volunteer skippers! In these classes, experienced volunteer skippers such as yourself take out new students in mercuries for scheduled instructional sails. It’s a fantastic way to pass on your knowledge and open up the world of sailing to a new generation of skippers, and we can only do it with your support. It’s by far the easiest way to get involved with Volunteer Instruction. If you are interested in being an instructor for this popular experimental class, you’ll become a part of a new way of teaching at CBI. Email [email protected] to get more information!
Both First Sail and Informal Instruction are a great way to share your knowledge, a rewarding way to watch someone else begin to ‘learn the ropes’, and a chance to meet some new people. We can promise you a great time!
Join the Volunteer Faculty
No matter what stage you’re at in your sailing education, CBI members always have the opportunity to share their skills and develop new ones. Become a Volunteer Instructor! Any instructor will tell you that teaching is a sure way to strengthen your sailing skills, and opens up new opportunities on the Charles River. Volunteers can participate in special social events, volunteer night sails, and customized classes in addition to the rewards of teaching new sailors new skills.
If you are interested in teaching any of our classes, from Orientation on up to Jib, it’s easy to get started! There’s no minimum commitment, and signing up is easy. Simply email [email protected] to get started. Upcoming training sessions are on the CBI public calendar, all are encouraged to sign up!
DIY Volunteering aka Informal Instruction!
At CBI you always have the opportunity to jump right in to volunteering! Informal instruction is a great way to teach sailors new skills. If you would like to take out a member for informal instruction, see the dockhouse and tell them how many people you’d like to take out. If there’s anyone in the instruction queue, we’ll set them up to go sailing with you.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteer instructors are vitally important to CBI, but so are other skills! There are all kinds of opportunities to contribute at CBI, small to large, from community outreach and back-office work to instruction, and everything in between. We are specifically looking for volunteers in the following areas, but any skill or time you can offer will be put to good use.
● Instructors (to teach rigging, orientation, on-the-water-sailing/windsurfing, on-land classes)
● Community outreach
● Representing CBI at an event
● computers / technology
● Heavy lifting / Manual work / Repairs
● Organizing social events
● Grant writing
● Fundraising / marketing
Send us an email at [email protected] with “volunteer” in the Subject line. We”ll send you an email when we can use your help. Or drop by the Front Office anytime to ask how you can help, or call 617-523-1038.