Volunteering at BYS

BYS succeeds because of its volunteers. Volunteering at BYS comes in many different forms, and it is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. The main form of volunteering is acting as a volunteer for our club racing, whether this be on water in a safety boat or on land working in the start box. Even if you don’t have much experience with sailing, do not worry! We offer a range of training and courses including course laying, powerboat handling and race management. If it is your first time volunteering, please let us know and we would love to pair you up with an experienced volunteer who can help show you the ropes. For a comprehensive list on the roles and duties of each volunteer, please see our list of volunteer roles below.

We are always looking for new volunteers and would love to hear from you! If you would like to become part of our strong community of volunteers, please contact BYS on [email protected] or call 03 5925 9620


Volunteer roles

There is a volunteer role for everyone at BYS. For a description of each of our key roles and what they involve, please see the documents below. These position descriptions can also be found in the Sailing Office and are easily accessible for any volunteer on duty.

Officer of the Day (OOD) Manual

Start Box Team

Radio Operator

Race Officer

Patrol Boat Driver

Patrol Boat Crew

Mark Layer

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Some of the volunteering roles at BYS require training, please use the links to register for the upcoming courses;

Safety Boat Operator Course – Email the Sailing Office Here

Buoy Zone Training (Zoom) Wed 22 Sep – Register Here


Preparing for volunteer duty

As a volunteer, you need to come prepared for your duty so that racing runs smoothly. We ask that all volunteers arrive at the club 1.5 hours before racing is scheduled to start, for a briefing in the sailing office (top floor of the main building) with the Officer of the Day (OOD). All volunteers must sign on using the volunteer sign-on sheets, which will tell you your specific duty on the day (sometimes this may vary slightly from your allocation on Duty Man).

If you are volunteering on a patrol boat, please bring the following:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable drink bottle

If you are volunteering on a patrol boat, it is your responsibility to collect the following items from the sailing office:

  • Life jacket
  • Radio (on VHF Ch 71)
  • Safety gear (in labelled yellow and orange boxes)
  • Boat keys

If you are volunteering on land, please bring a reusable water bottle and your enthusiasm.

If you are unsure about anything to do with your role before your duty, please do not hesitate to ask Harriette on [email protected] or 59259605.