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Calling Volunteers!

Volunteers we need you!

Do you have a passion to mentor young people? Do you Love old timber boats ? And can you join us at Woolwich Dock

Then this project could be for you!

An exciting new program is soon to be launched by SWD called the Wright of Passage and we need to recruit more volunteers to help in the delivery of this program's success which will include the mentoring of young people.

Most importantly these NEW volunteers will have a passion to share the dream, to engage with and co work with young people - helping to build self esteem and confidence.

Secondly, ideally our NEW volunteers would have some trade/specialist skills – however it is not limited or defined by their skills. Lots of people with the right attitude can drive a paint brush and use sandpaper! And if you have a love of boats especially wood, you could be just what we need! 


About the opportunity

Passionate volunteers are needed to participate in SWD’s newest initiative  ‘Wright of Passage’.  The project encompasses returning a donated 52’ timber ketch to its former glory in time for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to be held in Tasmania in early 2019.  The boat is currently moored at Woolwich Dock in Sydney and will be sailed to Hobart for the festival by the program’s participants. 

A key focus of the program is the vocational and personal development of a small group of young Australians who will study at TAFE and, while working with a professional boat builder, and participate in the restoration of the ‘Mercator’. But they can’t do it alone.


Skills Needed


  • Experience as shipwrights, yacht riggers, metal workers, mechanics, carpenters, cabinet-makers, and painters
  • OR enthusiastic persons who are good with their hands
  • OR great team leadership and coordination skills to supervise some of the work-days Or office skills to provide administrative support.



  • Able to function effectively within a team environment
  • Able to take direction and adhere to safety requirements
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Relatively fit
  • ‘Can do’ attitude
  • Access to transport
  • Working with children check

 Frequency and Location


  • Minimum half day per week on Monday, Tuesday or a Wednesday
  • Located at Woolwich Dock, Woolwich

 Training and Opportunities

  • Induction
  • Up-skilling as you learn about all things wooden boat
  • On water activity later in the program
  • Social activities as milestones are celebrated
  • Fun

Click here to read more about the 'Wright of Passage' Program link

Please direct all enquiries to our office 

Sailors with disABILITIES


Phone 0421 725 170 

Address D'Albora Marina- Suite 12/1B New Beach Road, Darling Point, Sydney NSW 2027

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