COME AND JOIN US AND BE IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION
The 2012 Access Worlds is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to support this worthy event.
The organising committee acknowledges the need for a keen and well directed force of volunteers to deliver a world class event, this guide lists the numbers, skill, training and assets that force will require. While there are some specific volunteer roles that require sailing knowledge, there are many that do not.
We encourage involvement from people of all ages, from professionals to students. We have roles to suit everyone.
Volunteer Organising Structure
THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
The committee is made up of board appointed members of Middle Harbour Yacht Club and representatives of the Australian and International Access Class Associations and Sailability.
THE VOLUNTEERS’ CO-ORDINATOR & SAFETY OFFICER
This may be combined or separate roles as the committee sees fit, and will be appointed by the committee.
The team leaders will be selected by the committee and the volunteers’ co-ordinator. Their appointment will be based on skill, experience and 100% availability for the regatta.
Volunteers will be sought from the MHYC and other sailing clubs, the AACA, Sailability, Masonic Lodge, Rotary, the Macquarie Foundation and other community groups. They will be allocated to teams according to their skill and physical ability as some of the teams will be required to do some moderate lifting.
The contribution of all volunteers will be appropriately recognized by the event organizers.
The volunteer programme is broken into 8 Key Areas:
Team 1: Western Car Park
Team 2: MHYC Club Car Park
Team 3: Measurement
Team 4: Beach
Team 5: Hospitality
Team 6: Marina
Team 7: Rescue Boats
Team 8: Race Management
For more information on teams, click Here.
A map of the areas is provided here.
SKILLS and EXPERIENCE
Some people who volunteer may already have skills and experience which will be valuable to the organizers.
- Boat license.
- First aid certificate.
- Medical background such as Nursing or Physio Therapy.
- Race management experience.
- Worked with people with disability.
The organizers hope volunteers will be able to undertake some training prior to the event particularly in the areas of Disability Awareness and Access Boats and their equipment.
Disability Awareness would aim to ease any reservations volunteers may have about dealing with people with disability and would cover areas of communication, etiquette and lifting. This would be provided by people experienced in the field.
The Australian Access Class Association will provide training about the various boats and their equipment.
Training in these areas should only require a total of 4 hours.
ASSETS & EQUIPMENT
The regatta will require some additional assets and equipment. If you are able to help us with any of these please let us know.
- Rigid hull inflatable boats (RIB): An extra 10 boats will be required allowing 1 boat for every 10 sailors. Of the 10 boats required for the regatta some will be used for team coaches, media and race officials.
- C- Cranes: C-Cranes are the small hoists used to lower sailors with disability into their yachts, they can also be used for lifting keels, and approximately 8 will be required. Access Sailing has offered to supply a limited number of C- Cranes on loan.
- Hand held radios (VHF): Each team will require at least 2 hand held 2-way radios capable of communicating with the race head quarters as well as other teams, at least 12 will be required and may be able to be borrowed from members of the club.
- High Visibility Vests (HVV): Some volunteers will be operating in areas shared with vehicular traffic, and for safety reasons will be required to wear a HVV, other volunteers such as team leaders may wear HVV’s for easy recognition.