The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria could not survive without the dedication and hard work of the volunteers. Races could not be run, committees could not govern, and functions would not happen without them. There is no doubt that volunteers are the essence of any club and RYCV is no different. In fact, in 2016 RYCV was awarded Yachting Victoria Club of the Year, and volunteers played a huge role in helping the club win this prestigious award.

One of the biggest opportunities to volunteer is the Club’s annual working be which helps us clean up our clubhouse, yard and marina in preparation of the new sailing season. The working bee is also a great social event on the calendar and a great way to meet new friends or catch up with some old ones. The commodore will open the bar and even fire up the BBQ at the end of it all in appreciation of your hard work in making our club look beautiful.

Other than the working bee RYCV is regularly hosting major events and regattas, all of which need your help to run smoothly, allowing the events to be enjoyed by all of our members and visitors. Our House & Social Committee are also looking for volunteers to help out with social events at the club. Keep an eye out for details on specific events like the Lipton Cup.

To find out more and express your interest about volunteering at RYCV, please contact the office on (03) 9397 1277 or by email at rycv@rycv.asu.au. Alternatively you can also complete the online Volunteer Application Form.

Download: Volunteer Program Operational Guidelines

The benefits of volunteering

Other than that warm and fuzzy feeling you get after helping out with a successful event, the Volunteer Appreciation Night takes place at the fantastic Sun Theatre in the lead up to Christmas each year. This event is a great opportunity to meet other motivate people and wind down after the previous twelve months of hard work and dedication. The club is also always on the lookout for freebies to hand out to our faithful volunteers!

Another benefit of the volunteering with the club is that often grants are obtained to offer advanced and specific training courses to volunteers at no cost to them. This means that by volunteering with the club you are also broadening your skill base and learning new things to assist you in developing your passion for sailing. RYCV is your club – let’s work together and make it a wonderful place to be!


Some volunteer roles at RYCV require certain qualifications.

Volunteers wanting to operate club boats such as the RHIBs or the Suzuki require a minimum qualification of the Power Boat Handling Certificate (the old TL3) qualification, and preferably a Safety Boat qualification. If you want to operate radios at the club you will need a radio licence for example, it is also beneficial that the more persons that have First Aid level 2 qualifications and blue crane certifications.

Courses are run regularly at the club for the above qualifications and occasionally the club is successful in getting grants to offer these courses to volunteers at no cost at all, it is after all in the clubs interest to have a strong qualified volunteer base particularly if we want to run major events like the recent Flying Fifteen World and National Championships.

This page contains links to the various courses that lead to the qualifications that most of the volunteers require. Follow this link to the Australian Sailing training site.

Working With Children Check

Employers, self-employed persons, employees and volunteers all have obligations under the Working with Children Act 2005. By fulfilling these obligations, we can all help to make Victoria's children safer.

You can read more about the Working With Children Check and the changes implemented in 2017 on our website.