The dinghy section at Bardowie is a club, and we pitch in as volunteers with whatever skills and time we can offer.
You might think of the instructors who run the training, but there are lots of other ways anyone can help out even if they do not sail. We are happy to welcome parents whose children are sailing at Bardowie too!
If you do want to become an instructor we will help you get the training and qualifications you need: our RYA principal instructor learned to sail here, starting at 8 years old.
Other things you can do include:
When you arrive at Bardowie Loch for your sailing session have you ever wondered who it was that opened the gates, who it was that opened the clubhouse, who it was that opened the boat houses and stores. Who was that nice person who had a few short words of welcome with you and politely reminded you to complete the sailing log before going on the water. You may have noticed that it is the same person who patrols the loch in a powerboat during sailing, assisting at capsizes when required, providing a tow back to the pontoon when the wind dies and you find yourself at the wrong end of the loch or who pulls you out of the reeds if it all goes horribly wrong. Again it is the same person who is there at the end of sailing checking that everyone is safely off the water, busily securing the club and then waiting until members leave to finally secure the club gates.
As I am sure that many of you will know, the answer is the Club Steward. If there is no Steward on duty the Club does not open. That is how important it is.
So how did that person become a Club Steward? They volunteered.
Of course there are some necessary requirements. Each steward must:
In terms of commitment there is no maximum or minimum number of duties that can be performed by a steward but a usual number would be in the region of three duties a season. Some do more. The key is though that the stewarding roster is flexible.
There is no need to be an expert dinghy sailor as Stewards are not required to give instruction or advice on sailing. That one is for the instructors. Neither do you have to be a long term member with extensive knowledge and experience of the workings of the club. Stewarding is actually a very good way to find out more about the club and meet other members. The most important thing is to be able to commit a small amount of time each season.
If you are interested or would like more information, even if you don’t yet meet all of the required criteria, please contact the head steward or another member of the committee at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. It can even be arranged that you ‘Buddy Up’ with an experienced Steward at a sailing session to get an idea of what its all about.