Volunteering at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club

Volunteering has always been an important part of Club participation and involvement.

SSCBC offers many opportunities for Club volunteers to get involved in a wide range of on-water and off-water roles supported by combinations of structured training, ‘buddies’ and mentoring.

After getting a taste for it, many members continue on with their development, officiating at other clubs events around the bay, interstate and even overseas by completing Yachting Australia (YA) accreditation to State or National level and even International level through ISAF.

Volunteers can be involved in a wide variety of club activities and be accredited as YA Race Officials at Club Level through the Sailing Office.

SSCBC conducts an extensive schedule of Club, State and National on-water sailing and training events each year, from October to June, with events conducted on most weekends that provide great opportunities for volunteers to get involved and to undertake supervised training and YA Accreditation.

SSCBC has recently upgraded it’s training capacity and will be offering a greatly expanded training program to members of our Volunteer teams.

Join our Volunteer Register.

Training for Volunteers

Race Management

  • YA State National Race Officer Seminar
  • YA Club Race Officer Seminar
  • SSCBC Race Management Modules
  • Start Boat roles
  • Finish Boat roles
  • Course Boat roles
  • Rescue Boat roles
  • RHIB Skipper / crew Induction
  • VHF Radio Communications (as taught in the YA Powerboat Courses)
  • Tower Roles (including BVIT scoring)
  • Safety Officer (in the tower)

Completing a course is only a part of gaining the competency, so we’ll couple the structured training with hands on experience, supported by a buddy or mentor as is most appropriate.

Protest Committee & Judging

  • SSCBC rules workshops
  • YA Judge Course

Volunteer judges are added to the season panel and will initially become protest committee members with an experienced chairman, who could could be state, national or international level qualified. Over time, SSCBC judges are mentored to achieve higher qualifications if they wish to.


  • Members wishing to become umpires should contact the club

YA Powerboat courses for rescue boat drivers and crews

  • YA Start Powerboating
  • YA Powerboat Handling
  • YA Safety Boat Operator

Volunteer program members embarking on the powerboat pathway, will be supported where it’s helpful with follow up tutoring by a YA Powerboat Instructor (during racing).

Getting Started

To discuss any aspect of volunteering, please contact SSCBC Sailing Operations Manager, Adam Hawkins, 5984 8200

School Events

Each year SSCBC conducts a number of boating activities, during week days, for local schools and volunteers are needed to host these days, and to drive or crew boats or otherwise assist with introducing the visitors to the Club. Please let us know if you can be available for this important community volunteering.

Major Events

On days when the Club conducts major events or public events there are many opportunities for club volunteers to assist. If you are interested in assisting with hosting or organizing there are lots of jobs where we would be pleased to have your involvement. Register your interest at the Office.

Boats and Grounds Maintenance

Each year the Patrol boats are taken from the water and painted and carefully prepared for the season ahead. SSCBC has a strong tradition of a squad of boat maintenance volunteers who offer to join in the working bee group who care for the boats on a number of scheduled weekends. Let us know if you can volunteer for one of these working bees.

The jetty painting working bee is another volunteering opportunity for those who can get involved.

Yet another group of volunteers are involved in the grounds development and landscaping at the Club. Lavender Hill and the care of the BBQ tables is the focus of this volunteering group. Let us know if you can join this group of enthusiastic gardeners, who help to develop this Club asset.

Thank you to all of our volunteers.

“Volunteering is the key to participation in the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.”