Volunteer with us

The Pirate Castle relies heavily on our fantastic volunteer team and we encourage community engagement in all that we do. From back office administration, outreach and marketing, supporting our highly qualified paddlesport instructors on the water or gaining accreditations to skipper and crew our canal boats, we could not run our activities without them. A hearty "thank you" to you all!

All of our volunteers are enhanced DBS-checked and we offer training in First Aid, Disability Awareness and Safeguarding to help promote best-practice and ensure that we continue to provide first-class services.

We are driven by the belief that the canal and our facilities should be accessible to everyone and involve our users, volunteers and partners in shaping activities as well as participating in them. If you're interested in volunteering with us, we'd love to hear from you!

Canal Boat Skippers and Crew:

We subsidise and run boat trips for external groups on our two canal boats. Every trip needs a fully qualified skipper and a member of trained crew. If you are interested in becoming a qualified canal boat skipper, we ask that you initially join us as a trainee crew member and help out on trips. Then, if you are able to stay on with us and commit to enough trips, we can arrange in-house training for the Certificate in Community Boat Management (CCBM).

The training is expensive and costs us over £400 to provide, so we have to ensure that people will enjoy their role and are dedicated to it before accepting the commitment. Alternatively, you can simply stay with us as a volunteer crew member if you prefer - there will still be plenty of opportunities for learning about the boats and further development.


We are always keen to spread the word about our charitable work and the range of activities we provide and have plenty of leaflets that need distributing in the surrounding area. If you have a spare afternoon and fancy some exercise, we’ll gladly send you off with a bag of leaflets and a map!


We regularly hold or participate in events and are always keen for a helping hand. Whether it is manning a stall, helping with food and refreshments, or shepherding people around the building, it's a great way to support and connect with the local community!

Skilled Specialists:

Maybe you are a handyperson who could help us with our electrics, plumbing, decorating, or various DIY jobs around our quirky castle? Or, you have other specialist skills such as working in marketing or design? If you would like to donate a little of your time and expertise, we would be very happy to hear from you.

Canoe & Kayak Club Assistants:

We run youth and adult kayaking and canoeing clubs throughout the year and are looking for people to assist the instructors on our youth club sessions. We ask that all volunteers are at 2 Star paddling level. Any aspiring coaches can gain teaching hours and experience on the youth and adult club sessions. There will be opportunities in the future for helpers to receive training in child protection, first aid, kayak instructor training and Disability Equality Training.

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For all volunteers, we can pay for your travel costs to The Pirate Castle, provide refreshments during any sessions and trips and cover you under our insurance while you are working for us. We believe in equal opportunities for all. Volunteers, paid workers and the members of The Pirate Club are all responsible for ensuring that the club is a safe and pleasant place for everyone.

To experience the canal life, call us on 020 7267 6605, or email us at info@thepiratecastle.org