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To reach as many waterway users as possible to inform them about safe behaviour and raise safety awareness and their own contribution, volunteers are invaluable. All volunteers need training and support from national non-profit organizations. But above all, to recruit and connect volunteers stakeholders should make them relevant and important. Volunteers are offered positive benefits of their job in return, such as

  • enhancing their present skills and broadening their work experience
  • volunteer work and being a member of the team keeping them fit, active and motivated
  • gaining more experience: good for their CV and career possibilities
  • appreciation for their work.


Canal & River Trust Volunteering

Volunteers’ Manual

Volunteers’ policy ‘Varen doe je samen!’ (NL)

Individual induction checklist (Canal & River Trust)

Setting up a volunteer programme

Tips for setting up a volunteer programme

Safe boating clinics in the Netherlands. General subjects: commercial shipping, behaviour on the water, travel preparations. Specific subjects: tour planning, communication (VHF use), passing through locks and moveable bridges, navigating in annoying waves and currents. Pm pics