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Volunteer scheme (age 15+)

Application to the 2021 Volunteer Scheme is now closed. 

Information about the 2022 Volunteer Scheme will be given no earlier than mid February 2022.

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

 

Cost: £275

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 2022 (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

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

Prerequisites

  • Must be 15 years old by start date
  • Provide us with a minimum 4 full weeks of volunteering within the same year, July - August 2022 (Monday-Friday, excluding bank holidays) this is non-negotiable.
  • Submit 2022 Volunteer application and availability form
  • We would advise wherever possible for continuity to complete weeks at least in pairs, if not all four in a row.
  • Must bring 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.

  • 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 and further information

  • Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled session time, registration will take place outside of the centre.

  • Please check the weather before booking/attending
  • At least two changes of clothes (including underwear and shoes) suitable for the weather conditions (no jeans), include a waterproof jacket and hat
  • Old trainers needed for the water (something secure, not crocs, flip flops or wellington boots)
  • Towel and Sun protection
  • All participants need to arrive ready changed in suitable clothes for the weather conditions, having already visited the toilet and washed their hands. The toilets in the Watersports Centre building will only be available for participants at the end of their sessions.

  • If you are attending for a full day, bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinks and snacks (under 18s are not allowed offsite during the course to buy lunch).

  • Separate male and female changing rooms are available for all participants at the end of the session

  • We do not provide wetsuits, feel free to wear your own (most activities do not involve being in the water, so it is not mandatory ......... unless your doing windsurfing).

  • Only the participant (and guardian(s) for those under 18) can enter the Watersports Centre operational area, all spectators are welcome to watch from the public benches.

  • The centre reserves the right to alter the activity based on weather or safety concerns on the day.

  • 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.

  • We have undertaken new protocols to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 at the Centre, but all participants (and guardians or 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
Email: wimbledonpark@merton.gov.uk


Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
Wimbledon
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.

Driving

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 car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full and parking charges apply.

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 wimbledonpark@merton.gov.uk

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.