When booking please only select the first day you wish to start your 4 weeks volunteering
After you have booked on the scheme you must complete the application and availability form and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: £120 per person
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. You may also get the opportunity to work off site to broaden your experience.
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 other walks of life. This is a great introduction to the feedback process which forms part of the following years Assistant Instructors Course. Successful candidates will be able to earn their place on this course; if we feel you have room for improvement before the course starts we shall feedback this to you during your weekly reviews. It is also possible to purchase a place on the Assistant Instructors Course, this is usually run during the Easter holidays.
Having previous watersports experience is a bonus, but don't worry if you haven't done much before – hard work and enthusiasm is far more important.
must commit to the watersports centre for a minimum of four full weeks within the same year, April - October (Monday-Friday, unless it is a bank holiday week) during the school half terms and summer break.
Some testimonials from some of our past volunteers can be found in this
- Must be 15 years old by start date
- Provide us with a minimum 4 full weeks of volunteering within the same year, April - October (Monday-Friday, excluding bank holidays) this is non-negotiable.
The dates we are running our courses are usually:
- two/three weeks in Easter
- one week in Whitsun
- eight weeks in Summer
- two weeks in October
We would advise wherever possible attending the summer dates, as these are our busiest, therefore most potential for experience. It is also helpful for continuity to complete weeks at least in pairs, if not all four in a row.
- pay a one-off online administration fee which is non–refundable (regardless whether you attend or not).
- provide a recent passport-sized photo by the first day of volunteering.
What to bring
- Packed lunch
- Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
- Plenty of changes of clothes - this is a watersports centre so it is highly likely you will get wet
- 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.
Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
Telephone: 020 8947 4894
Where to go?
Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre, Home Park Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7HX
(Sat nav: 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 free car park for use of park users, however it is often congested and we recommend that you get guest to arrive via public transport.
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