Sailing Academy marks International Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day

Volunteer Sign up Starts for Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy Marking International Volunteer Day

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is marking International Volunteer Day for 2010, today December 5th, with the start of their Volunteer Training Programme.  Uniquely registration does not require previous marine based experience; instead the Academy is valuing the individuals’ desire and commitment to learn with the extra merit of gaining globally recognised qualifications during their time at the 2012 sailing venue.

Internationally the volunteer movement has been recognised by the United Nations since 1985 and the annual day aims to thank current volunteers as well as increase public awareness on their important contribution to society; locally, nationally and internationally across all levels.

The WPNSA is aiming to create a structure that will foster and sustain local volunteerism in Dorset that will continue into the post Games years well beyond 2012.  It will provide experiences that many people would not have had the opportunity to be offered and provide foundation skills to those looking to start new career paths within the marine and events industries.

John Tweed, Chief Executive of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is looking forward to meeting the motivated volunteers in the New Year, ‘it will be interesting to have a new group of proactive individuals on site at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy with us during 2011.  I am keen to be able to watch the group all progress through their land based winter month training weekends and then onwards to put this knowledge into practical use during the warmer summer period out on the water where they will all experience their own taste of the action’.

The Academy’s event calendar for 2011 is packed with World, National and Local regattas that will bring a massive cross section of the sporting world to the shores of Weymouth and Portland.  The team of 25 volunteers will aid in the smooth, professional running of these high profile events taking people on the 2012 sailing venue’s doorstep in the local community.

Volunteers will receive experience across a variety of roles including; beach master, registration, powerboat driving in safety boats and committee boat support as well as admin assistance with results.  Candidates must have a strong desire to develop themselves, be prepared to be part of a new team who regularly meet to train, be confident in a marine location and guarantee a minimum of 10 days volunteering during weekends from July through to August as well as being in a commutable distance from the Academy.  Public who already have marine related experience are also welcome to register.

To register interest in volunteering and receive full details the public are kindly asked to contact: reception@wpnsa.org.uk


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