Kids Summer Camp Volunteer Position

How Do You Become a Volunteer at WSA?

Many of our kids that go through summer camps become volunteers as they get older. This is the perfect way to figure out if becoming a coach is something you would enjoy doing! For example, two of our coaches last summer, previously volunteered with us.

Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to gain leadership skills and volunteer hours – all while being outside and enjoying their summer!

The Ideal Candidate for Our Volunteer Position

  • Completed CANSail 3 or higher
  • Minimum Age of 14
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

New for Summer 2021

How do you become the ideal candidate? By registering for our 1-week Volunteer Training Program!

We are currently developing a 1-week volunteer training program at WSA. The goal of this program would be for us to provide a structured training camp to develop our high-level teens into the best volunteer they can be until they are old enough to be certified coaches.

Is this program for you?

This program is for teens 14 and older that have their CANSail 3 or 4 and aspire to be coaches or want to give back to the Whistler sailing community.

What’s in it for you?

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Volunteer Hours for High School credits
  • References for future jobs/university application/grant applications
  • Development of communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills
  • Coaching and motorboat practice before taking the Fundamental and Technical Courses to become a full coach at 16 years old (min age to become certified)
  • Extra time on the water, sailing and receiving feedback!
14 years oldCertified Coach
CANSail 4CANSail 4
First Aid First Aid & CPR
14 years old16 years old
Experience with motorboat handlingBoat Safety Course
Experience with lesson planningFundamental Course (Lesson)
Experience with lesson teachingTechnical Course (Teaching)
What you will get out of course VS What you need to become a coach

Course Structure

Over the course of the week, you will not only get your First Aid course and PCOC card, but you will have the opportunity to improve your sailing abilities and learn how and what to teach the first few days of the Wet Feet and Opti 1 programs.

After you have completed the course, you may have the opportunity to volunteer for us for the summer and assist the coaches. This will give you the chance to practice your lesson planning and public speaking skills, interpersonal skills when building relationships with parents, coaches, and kids, and finally practice your motorboat driving skills.

For updates about the program, please check our website and registration link closer to the date. You can also email us at for more information.