The success of CLADS comes down to our team of dedicated helpers who work hard to keep the club running and make it possible to get people with disabilities out on the water at Chew.

Whilst CLADS sail most Saturdays between the end of April and the beginning of October we do not expected every helper to be able to do every Saturday.  We ask you to inform our helper rep of the Saturdays that you can do and the once that you may be able to do at short notice.  Our helpers rep needs to ensure that there is a minimum number of helpers on each sailing day.  If we can’t meet the minimum number then we will have to cancel that day.  All the dates are listed on the calendar page of this site.

We have a mix of helpers who help onshore and offshore at CLADS.  You don’t necessary have to be able to sail to become a helper.  Below is an example of the things that helpers do at CLADS.

  • Rigging boats at the start of a sailing day and de-rigging at the end of the day.
  • Accompanying disabled sailors on the water:
    In some cases providing assistance where necessary to help the disabled person sail.
    In other cases sailing the boat for the disabled person.
  • Helping disabled sailors in and out of boats.
  • Providing assistance to the Chew Valley Lake Sailing Cub Rescue Team when a CLADS boat/sailor may have got into difficulty on the water.
  • General boat maintenance.

How to join CLADS as a helper:

In order to comply with insurance terms and conditions we have an annual fee of £1.00 for all helpers.  You should start off by completing the forms below, including the medical form, send them to our club secretary either by post, email (if you can scan it in), or arrange to bring it down to the club one Saturday when the secretary is present.

Membership Application
Medical Form
CLADS Data, Privacy Policy (updated 30th March 2018)
CLADS Constitution (updated 28th April 2018)

Once we have received you forms we will invite you to come and meet us to see what is involved in more detail.  If you are still happy to become a help then our secretary will arrange to process a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through RYA Sailability.  On completion of your DBS check the committee will be able to make a final decision in accepting your application.