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, Instructor, Admiral, or Lifetime Level Members.

Volunteer Instructors

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

2021 Volunteer Instructor Training Weekend

We will host a training weekend on Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th, 2021.

The Instructor Training is mandatory attendance for new Volunteer Instructors.

Please review the following and then to register, please scroll down to the red box where you'll see a link to click on for processing your registration. Online registration is required so that we may plan accordingly for supplies needed for the weekend. Thank you!

Our Instructors are dedicated and skilled volunteers who undergo training to bring the best quality sailing instruction to our adult students. 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 may consider opportunities for new Instructors to join our team of volunteers throughout the season.  

Required qualifications for Volunteer Instructors:

  • Age 21+
  • Relevant sailing experience with strong sailing 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 and agree to follow our curriclum while teaching students.
  • Sign up for a Shiftboard account through with DC Sail
  • Become a DC Sail member at the Instructor rate which has the same membership benefits as a Super Member. (This is by invitation only!)
  • A great attitude, enjoyment in the sharing of sailing knowledge, and a desire to have fun!
Recommended qualifications:
  • US Sailing Small Boat Sailing
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications
If you're interested in becoming a Volunteer Instructor, please send an email to: Traci Mead (

Volunteer Crew Aboard "American Spirit"

Please check back for 2021 updates as they are confirmed. If COVID-19 restrictions remain in place in 2021, especially concerning the number of passengers permitted, we will not be bringing aboard Volunteer Crew for the 2021 sailing season.

Please contact Traci Mead ( for information and sailing requirements for serving as Volunteer Crew with the American Spirit schooner. 

Volunteer Crew positions require solid sailing skills and knowledge - this is not appropriate for beginner students with less than three years of sailing related experience.

Volunteer Crew are required to be an active (paid) member with DC Sail at the Basic, Instructor, Super, Lifetime, or Admiral levels. Must be age 21+. 

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