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Volunteer scheme (age 15+)

Due to very high demand and continued Covid-19 restrictions we will be opening an application process this year and have had to limit availablity of spaces on the volunteer scheme.

Unfortunately due to that reduced availibility, an application is not a guarantee of a place.

There is a short window in which we will accept applications. The window will be open from 10am on Tuesday the 22nd June to 5pm on Thursday the 24th June.

The application form will be available on this webpage during the application window.

Successful applicants will be sent a private link no earlier than Friday the 25th of June to pay the course fee and confirm their participation.

Unsuccessful candidates will be emailed no earlier than the 25th of June.

Please be aware you may not get all of your preferred weeks.

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Please read the latest version of our Terms and conditions carefully before proceeding with any bookings 


Cost: £250

About the scheme

Our volunteer scheme is a fun way to develop your skills both on and off the water, meet new friends, and learn about working in a busy watersports centre.

Through on the job experience, as well as specific training sessions, you will develop your watersports skills – these are likely to include sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing.

Over the course of the program you will learn how to work as a team to plan and deliver activity sessions to a group of children – culminating in the chance to try out your new skills under the supervision of a senior instructor in your final week.



You will be given weekly feedback reviews, designed to give you clear indications of your performance, and achievable goals to strive for. The personal development and confidence gained from the scheme will stand you in great stead to begin your journey to becoming an instructor, as well as in other walks of life.


The scheme involves preparation/storage of equipment, paddling/sailing and most of all participation on sessions. All of which can be very physically demanding, but extremely rewarding.



Having some previous sailing/windsurfing/paddling experience is essential, but don't worry if you haven't done loads before – hard work and enthusiasm is far more important.



Volunteers must commit to the watersports centre for a minimum of four full weeks within the same year, July-August 2021 (Monday-Friday, unless it is a bank holiday week) during the school summer holidays. Please make sure you check any school dates before confirming your availability.



Successful applicants will be sent a private link no earlier than Friday the 25th of June to pay the course fee and confirm their participation. Unsuccessful candidates will be emailed no earlier than the 25th of June.


Some testimonials from some of our past volunteers can be found in this information booklet.


  • Must be 15 years old by start date
  • Provide us with a minimum 4 full weeks of volunteering within the same year, July - August 2021 (Monday-Friday, excluding bank holidays) this is non-negotiable.

    The dates we are expecting to run the scheme:
  • Nine weeks in Summer
    • Week 2 Monday 5th  – Friday 9th  July (5 days)
    • Week 3 Monday 12th  – Friday 16th  July (5 days)
    • Week 4 Monday 19th – Friday 23rd  July (5 days)
    • Week 5 Monday 26th  July – Friday 30th July (5 days)
    • Week 6 Monday 2nd  – Friday 6th  August (5 days)
    • Week 7 Monday 9th  – Friday 13th August (5 days)
    • Week 8 Monday 16th  – Friday 20th  August (5 days)
    • Week 9 Monday 23rd – Friday 27th  August (5 days)
    • Week 10 Tuesday 31st August – Friday 3rd September (4 days)
  • We would advise wherever possible for continuity to complete weeks at least in pairs, if not all four in a row.

  • To participate in the scheme, volunteers will be required to take a personal lateral flow test the evening before the 1st and 4th day of work in any given week (just like the rest of the staff) and will have to email the centre with their confirmation of a negative result. 

What to bring

  • Packed lunch
  • At least two changes of clothes suitable for the weather conditions (no jeans), include a waterproof jacket and hat - this is a watersports centre so it is highly likely you will get wet

  • Old trainers needed for the water (something secure, not crocs, flip flops or wellington boots)

  • Towel and Sun protection

  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to work with children, and to adapt to different situations. This is not an easy course, but you will learn a lot and have fun doing so.

  • It is the participants responsibility if they have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case to self-isolate as recommended by the government, current guidance for current guidance.
  • We have undertaken new protocols to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 at the Centre, but all participants (and guardians/bookers for those under 18) must take responsibility for the decision to take on the risk of attending.


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Contact us

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
SW19 7HX

Telephone: 020 8947 4894

Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.


Sat nav post code SW18 5NW takes you to McCluskey's newsagents, on the corner of Revelstoke Road and Elsenham Street, just outside the park.

There is a small pay-and-display car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full.

Free car parking is also available at the Wimbledon Park Road entrance (sat nav SW19 6PE). It is a slightly longer walk across the grass to the Watersports Centre.

For more details email

During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there is no vehicle access to Wimbledon Park for dropping off and collecting. These parking restrictions may be enforced before the start and after the end date of the championships. Please check the All England Lawn Tennis website for specific traffic restrictions.