Our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers are essential to us. Every volunteer is essential to deliver meaningful therpeautic recreation to our guests.

Our Volunteers

CRAB relies on the dedicated service of volunteers, from salty sailors with years of expertise to volunteers with no boating experience, there’s something for everyone!

Each year, volunteers complete annual training sessions specific to our fleet and how to interact with our guests. CRAB is proud to offer our volunteers a comprehensive training program that is recognized and award-winning and ensures the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of CRAB guests.

In 2023, more than 3,825 hours were donated by 166 volunteers. CRAB volunteers are dedicated and knowledgeable. CRAB is always looking for experienced skippers as well as boat and shore crew wanting to share their time and talents!

Volunteer Positions

Experienced Skippers

CRAB skippers must have extensive sailing experience & sailing resume

Skippers work directly with CRAB Fleet Directors to ensure every guest they sail with has a safe and joyful experience. CRAB Skippers take guests sailing on our fleet of Beneteau 22A’s and/or our Gemini Freestyle power catamaran. Skippers should have substantial small sailboat experience and will be required to complete a CRAB Skipper Training Session before taking the helm.

Boat & Shore Crew

CRAB Boat Crew volunteers assist the Skipper when taking guests sailing and racing in regattas. Tasks include assisting guests with boarding and disembarking boats, handling the sails, and any other assistance a skipper may need to keep guests comfortable during their boating experience.

Shore Crew provide guests with assistance with their personal floatation devices and ensure each guest has had access to water and sunscreen prior to their sail. Shore crew also help guests with waivers and any special requests they may have before sailing.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must complete a background check 
  • Must submit a waiver

How to Become a Volunteer

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Create a website login, and once CRAB has activated your account, sign-up for events!

I’m Ready to Go to Volunteer Training

Once you have completed and submitted the Volunteer Interest Form, you will be notified by CRAB Staff that you are expected to read and sign the CRAB Operations Manual.  A passcode for access to the manual will be sent to you

Once you have read the CRAB Operations Manual please complete the Volunteer Waiver, Background Check and Acknowledgement Form, then you will be contacted by CRAB Staff to schedule your Volunteer Training. Annual CRAB Volunteer Training is mandatory for all volunteers. Sessions that are held at the beginning of the sailing season, and depending upon demand, additional sessions during the year.  

 Check the CRAB calendar for training sessions or email Shannon Rohrer, Manager of Programs at [email protected] to schedule your training.

Boat & Shore Crew