Volunteering

Are you a paddler who would like to volunteer for a change? Do you have family members / friends that would like to help? Have you missed out on a place and would like a guaranteed place for next year? Are you working towards your Duke of Edinburgh award or currently studying an event management qualification. and would like experience?

I really enjoyed my day volunteering at HoTD, it was a great experience to be part of the organisation and all the paddlers were very grateful for the help that we provided. All in all it was a very satisfying experience.”

Head of the Dart SUP Challenge is due to take place on Saturday 29 April and the organisers are looking for volunteers to help them in advance and on the day.  The day will be long as volunteers will need to be onsite from 6.30am until potentially 6pm, however in return HOTD organisers will offer you a fun, action packed day full off rewards!! You will be part of an amazing team delivering the biggest SUP event in the UK and have the opportunity to support paddlers taking part.

Volunteers will also receive a FREE event t-shirt plus food and drinks during the day.  Anyone volunteering for the whole day will also get a guaranteed place for the 2023 event*.

*This is valid for the next event only.

To register your interest, please complete this form.  Organisers will then get in touch with you separately.

I had a fantastic time volunteering it was a well organised event and clear what volunteers needed to do. We were well looked after. The best part was helping all the paddlers on and off the water providing support and encouragement and a big well done at the finish. It was fantastic to see all the smiles.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will also need to be available for a briefing for a virtual briefing in advance (normally three or four days before the event – provisionally Wed 26 April) and have own transport (we can not guarantee lift shares at present, however this may change).

With the start and finish being in separate places, there are a number of logistical challenges to ensure preparations are set up ready for the paddlers, for which the organisers are looking for help with.

  • Min 10 Marshalls (5 at each location)
  • Min 4 Administration (at the finish)

Administration – Pre Event

  • Helping with the creation of paddler packs at Tushingham Sales Ltd (Wednesday 26 April, 9.30am until 4pm)
  • Help running the pre-registration desk at Red Paddle Co (Friday 28 April, 12pm until 5pm)

Marshalls  – The Start – 6.30am until 3pm 

  • Car Parking – directing paddlers, keeping spaces clear and handling queries from the public
  • Erecting tents / gazebos and de-rigging once the race starts
  • Provide security for equipment left on site for the start
  • Branding – putting flags up from our sponsors
  • Provide assistance to paddlers entering the water
  • Potential to support the Race Director with starting the event

Marshalls – The Finish – 6.30am until 6pm 

  • Car Parking – directing paddlers, keeping spaces clear and handling queries from the public
  • Erecting tents / gazebos and de-rigging at the end
  • Assisting with checking people onto the coach
  • Provide security for equipment left in Coronation Park
  • Collecting bibs in, handing out medals as paddlers finish and directing paddlers where to go
  • Branding – putting flags up from our sponsors
  • Setting up prize giving

Administration – The Finish – 6.30am until 6pm

  • Help run the registration desk (this will be from 8am until 11am)
  • Support in the recording of the results (this will be from 12.30pm until 6pm)

Administration – Pre Event

  • Help run the pre-registration desk at Red Paddle Co (Friday 28 April)

Head of the Dart organisers are happy to provide recommendation letters for any one working towards a qualification that volunteers.

If you are interested in being part of the team please email supeventmanagement@gmail.com