Volunteer with us

We are constantly seeking people with a passion to develop young people through sailing. We have Volunteer Roles available in sailing and activity support as well as behind the scenes roles. More details can be found here or you can email us.


Caroline McIntyre has been volunteering with PSTT for nearly two years


Caroline has become an invaluable member of the team. Previously, she had a career in the NHS as a radiographer. She crews for her husband who races a RS Elite, and they cruise in a Dragonfly trimaran. Caroline says about her volunteering:-

“When I stopped working I felt I still had a little to give but I didn’t know what. I had been racing with my husband in Cowes and overheard a discussion in the bar about Portsmouth Sail Training Trust! It has been one of the best things I have ever become involved in. The Trust gives such benefits and opportunities to Portsmouth City children that would otherwise have no access to the water. Personally I have loved meeting other amazing volunteers, staff and charismatic, enthusiastic young people".

"The Trust has given me the opportunity to become an RYA Keelboat Instructor – and I enjoy making cakes for the hungry bunch each week".

Don volunteers for PSTT after retiring in 2017


Don has sailed on racing yachts in the Solent and dinghies in Chichester Harbour for many years. When he retired in Summer 2017 he started volunteering for the Portsmouth Sail Training Trust. Don says about his volunteering “it has been fun introducing young people to sailing and taking them out in the squibs in all sorts of conditions. Seeing them enjoy the sessions and grow in confidence has been rewarding”



Support Us and become a PSTT Personal Sponsor

Portsmouth Sail Training Trust works with local schools to raise the aspirations of young people from disadvantaged and socially deprived areas around Portsmouth.

Using the many unique benefits provided by sail training, PSTT provides a fun way for young people to broaden their horizons, develop essential life skills, such as teamwork and communication, as well as practical skills and career enhancing qualifications.

The PSTT programme runs weekly throughout the year in parallel with the school curriculum and within a few weeks of starting schools see significant changes in behaviour.

PSTT Personal Sponsorship Scheme package £1,000 will sponsor one young person for an entire year on the PSTT  programme.

Your sponsorship will enable each young person to complete, over a number of years, a vast array of commercial marine qualifications.

Your participation in the scheme will help them learn essential life skills such as teamwork, communicating with a wide range of people and taking responsibility. Many of the young people when they start at PSTT have no idea what they will do with their lives and often there’s no one at home with a job or career. Within a few weeks many are already talking about their aspirations for the future.

Personal Sponsors will have the opportunity to follow PSTT Young People’s progress through regular news letters, social media updates and open days. You will also be invited to exclusive PSTT activities.

To sponsor a young person contact us.

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