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Volunteers are the heart of our community. Our volunteers become part of a friendly and welcoming community, while learning new skills and making new friends.

We are excited that you're interested in volunteering with the Making Waves Foundation.

We look forward to welcoming your passion, enthusiasm and skills to help the wonderful young people we work with to reach their potential.

Life today is challenging for us all, but even more so for a young one who has a disability or is disadvantaged through circumstance. It can be even more so for their carer.

This is where your skills and help in creating optimism for these young people will be a win for everyone.

In this video one of our volunteers talks about what she gains from volunteering and the qualities we look for in volunteers.

Volunteer Requirements

Our programs run during the week and therefore we need you to be available on week days. If you have time available to volunteer the first step in joining us is to become a member. There is a $55 annual fee to become a member and volunteer. This covers your insurance, training and administrative costs.

Volunteer Options

Volunteer on-water: you will be trained and continually upskilled to be part of the crew engaging with the children and carers.

Volunteer off-water: offer your time and skills for other activities, whether operational, administrative or assist with our events.

Member: just enjoy and watch what we are up to and join in to support events and other activities.

Next Steps to Become a Volunteer

After completing the online membership form and paying the annual membership fee, our membership coordinator will be in touch to discuss the next steps, which will include:

  • A Working with Children Check which is compulsory for all members and volunteers.
  • Approval as a member by the Making Waves Foundation Board.
  • An orientation session, in the state where you live, that introduces the Making Waves Foundation and the volunteer roles and projects available.
  • If you are volunteering on-water you will be asked to purchase a crew uniform at the orientation session. The uniform is a UV protective, quick-drying shirt.

Following the above, you will then become a member and volunteer of the Making Waves Foundation family and we look forward to meeting you either on or off the water!

Volunteer Opportunities


In Sydney, our programs run during the school week, Mondays-Thursdays, so you will need to be available to crew on one or some of those days.

In Melbourne, our programs run during the school week, Mondays-Tuesdays, so you will need to be available to crew on one or both of those days.

In Hobart, our programs are run twice a day, Monday-Friday, in February for two weeks only, so you will need to be available all day for one or both of those weeks.

In northern NSW and QLD during August and September our programs run in Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Southport, Mackay and Rosslyn Bay, usually for a week each. We also require crew for boat deliveries between these locations, so it is a great opportunity to do some volunteering in a new environment.


In Sydney you can join one of our administrative programs, Monday to Friday, which generally are office-based.

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