Boating Helpers

 Volunteers are needed to crew Dawn, a specially adapted day-hire boat, for charter hires and also to 'dispatch' the boat for self drive hires.

We also have a holiday boat, Madam Butterfly with which help is also needed occasionally.

Our boating season runs from April to October with Father Christmas trips in December.
Some of our volunteers help with boat maintenance during November to March.


Volunteers need an interest in canal boating, no previous experience required, just friendly, a can-do attitude and must be physically able.

Boat Drivers will be required to obtain a CCBM (Certificate of Community Boat Management) or an RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Certficate. Training costs will be paid for by the charity.

Crew members will be given 'on-the-job' training.  Refresher training for skippers, crew and dispatchers takes place early in the season.


  • Accessibility
    Volunteers need to be physically able due to the nature of the role.
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Free Parking at Odiham.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Our boats are utilised as and when there is a booking plus some pre-arranged public trips. Volunteers will be asked to nominate themselves for trips each month. Trips take place on weekdays and at weekends and are typically 4 hours in duration plus pre-trip and post-trip activities.


Galleon Marine's Yard
Colt Hill
RG29 1AL

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