How can you make a difference in the DC Sail community?
Become one of our valued Member Volunteers.

Members of DC Sail are an essential aspect of our vibrant and active organization. We welcome your energy and enthusiasm to assist with managing our nonprofit community sailing center through the gift of time and experience. There are several areas where our programming needs would benefit from your assistance.

Please Note: DC Sail Volunteers participating in on-the-water programs are required to be paid Basic, Super, Admiral, or Lifetime Level Members.

Volunteer Instructors
Instruct for DC Sail's Adult Lessons (Beginner, Intro to FJs, Refresher and Capsize Courses.)

2018 Volunteer Instructor Training Weekend - Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd. In order to attend, registration is required (there is no fee to attend training.)

Please scroll down to the red box to launch the registration link.

(Mandatory Attendance for New Volunteer Instructors.)

Our instructors are dedicated and skilled volunteers who undergo annual training to bring the best quality sailing instruction to the water. Many of our instructors are US Sailing Certified Instructors and have sailed in all corners of the globe.

DC Sail's adult lessons are taught by highly trained, local volunteer instructors.  DC Sail is always looking for volunteers to serve in this capacity! We host a mandatory training session at the beginning of each season, and we will consider opportunities for new instructors to join our team of volunteers throughout the season.  

Required qualifications for Volunteer Instructors:

  • Age 21+
  • Relevant sailing experience and strong skills
  • Successful completion of the NASBLA approved District of Columbia Boating Safety Certification
  • Ability to swim 75 yards while fully clothed
  • Ability to exhibit appropriate interpersonal skills
  • Participate in DC Sail training sessions
  • Sign up for a Shiftboard account through with DC Sail
  • Become a DC Sail member at the Instructor rate (by invitation only!)
  • A great attitude and a desire to have fun!
Recommended qualifications:
  • US Sailing Small Boat Sailing
  • US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling Certification
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications
If you're interested in becoming a Volunteer Instructor, email Brian McNally.

Volunteer Crew Aboard "American Spirit"

Mandatory 2018 Crew Training Date: TBD

DC Sail's schooner, the "American Spirit", conducts ticketed and private cruises on weekends and weekdays throughout the April - October sailing season.  As Volunteer Crew, it is a great way to learn more about big boat sailing, get out on the water in the evenings, and help DC Sail!  In order to become a crew member you must participate in the training which occurs at the beginning of the season.

Volunteer Crew positions require solid sailing skills/knowledge and paid membership with DC Sail at the Basic, Instructor, Super, Lifetime, or Admiral levels. Must be age 21+.

Please contact the DC Sail Business office for more information about getting involved with the American Spirit Schooner. Phone: 202.547.1250.

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