578 Royal Esplanade, Manly, Q 4179

+61 7 3396 8666








Come join the RQYS Sailing Volunteers, we welcome you to our team!   Free practical Race Management training available, check out our Volunteer Roster System for upcoming Training Descriptions and dates. 

We need volunteers for these upcoming events:

We have moved the Volunteer Equipment Room up to it’s new location, next door to the current Marina Offices, overlooking the Marina holding area. The room is ready now, so when you report for volunteering please come up to the new room.

Upcoming Events @RQYS in January 2019

Sabre Class Australian Championships

Saturday 5th Jan 2019 – 5:00pm Saturday 12th Jan 2019

Australian Moth Championships

Sunday 6th Jan 2019 – 4:00pm Friday 11th Jan 2019

Australian RL24 Championships – Sail Past

1:00pm Sunday 6th Jan 2019 – 5:00pm Friday 11th Jan 2019

Come join us by joining the roster system here 

The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron appreciates all volunteers. Their contribution to the club is vital to ensure successful, well organised club events. Without them we would not have the extensive sailing calendar members enjoy each year.

DON’T GET STUCK ON SHORE! At RQYS, volunteering is being a part of some exciting regattas coming up through to October 2018.  Get involved and trained now to be a part of these World class events!

Volunteering is a great way to keep yourself active and at the same time to enjoy the benefits of being a part of one of Queensland’s highly-regarded and friendliest sailing clubs. The Squadron is known as “Regatta City” for hosting a wide range of sailing class State, National and World events.

Our volunteers range from the dedicated who volunteer on a regular basis, to those who only volunteer once or twice a year.  There is no requirement to volunteer a minimum number of times per annum. When you volunteer we provide a lunch made up of a sandwich/wrap or roll, a chocolate bar and a bottle of water.  You are also given points on your card that can be redeemed for something from the cafe or bar. We are lucky enough to have volunteer shirts provided by our sponsors Motorline BMW and you will receive one of these after you have completed 5 days of volunteering.  We also have a Volunteer Thank you Night once a year, and throughout the year we have little celebration parties just for fun.

RQYS Volunteers are involved with both on-shore and on-water roles as a part of the sailing activities, so there truly is something for everyone. Volunteers assist the Sailing Office in conducting the Sailing Program of the Squadron in many different ways, from the highly qualified and experienced Race Officers on the water, to the Communications Volunteer and Ramp Marshals on shore.

The list below will provide some insight into the many and varied roles and we provide training for all of these areas:

  • Race Officers
  • Start Boat Crews (Recorders, timekeepers, flag signals, sound/signals)
  • Finish Boat Skippers and crew (Recorders, timekeepers)
  • Course Layer Skippers and crew
  • Patrol Boat Skippers and crew
  • Start/Finish Mark Skippers and crew
  • Communications Volunteer (Radio Operators)
  • Ramp Marshals
  • In-Harbour Retrieval Skipper and crew

Training is provided for qualified volunteers, which may include:

  • First Aid
  • Radio MROCP
  • Course laying and GPS
  • Power boat handling
  • Safety boat endorsement
  • Race management
  • Towing and de-rigging

 Want to find out how?  Click the video below

Checks and screening for Volunteers

The RQYS is committed to child safety and youth protection.  Our Member Protection Policy details our policies to ensure a safe environment for children and young people.  The policy can be accessed here  our Child Youth Management Risk Strategy can be viewed here.  Other policies relating to Codes of Behaviour for members are available here.

Volunteers may be required to undergo checks and screening for certain activities, dependent on organisational and legislative requirements. This includes RQYS volunteers, as we work with children and young people.  It is a requirement of volunteering at the RQYS that each volunteer has a QLD Positive Notice Blue Card in their possession, even if you are a parent whose child is participating in the sport. You can still volunteer while you are waiting for your Blue Card to be approved. If you do not have a child participating in an event, you will need to wait until your Blue Card application has been approved before you can take part in events that have participants under 18 years of age.   Click here for more information.  If you already have a Blue Card for Working with Children with another organisation, you need to complete a form Linking you to this organisation.  Please fill in either form and return to the Volunteer Coordinator via

We welcome you to our band of dedicated Volunteers. We as a team are committed to excellence in Race Management while very much enjoying our contribution to the Squadron’s goals.
For more information, call the Volunteer Coordinator, Susie Jones on 3396 8666 or email:

You can also come join us on facebook.

Volunteering FAQ