Summer Volunteers

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Waivers

A important component of every Operation Beachhead event is the collection of waivers from participants and volunteers, and/or having the participants sign waivers if they did not bring them along.

 

Start time 9:30 AM.

 

Waiver volunteers may also be requested to sell shirts and hats.

Set-Up

Set-up volunteers move equipment to the beach from boardwalk or the parking area, setting up the tables, tents, coolers, chairs, etc.

 

Start time 8:00 AM, unless other arrangements are made.

 

Please note that if you choose to move equipment and take part in the set-up, you do not have to stay the rest of the day, unless you choose to.  So if you only have time for this portion, we would still appreciate the help!

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Watermen / Waterwomen

These fearless water warriors assist the participants getting into and in the water, either using kayaks, adaptive surfboards, floats, boogie boards, etc.

Start time 9:30 AM.

Catchers

This group aids at the water’s edge by helping the participants when they surf in and either need help turning around to go back out or help getting out of the water.  The designated host will then assist to getting them back on the beach.

 

Start time 9:30 AM.

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Designated Host

Our Designated Hosts perform a variety of duties including:

  • Helping the challenged participant get onto the beach by helping them get onto the beach using beach wheel chairs or any means they prefer.

  • Working with one or two participants, making sure they have what they need to be comfortable on the beach when they are not in the water.

  • Helping the participant get away from the water once the catchers have them securely on the beach.

  • Checking to see if they are warm, comfortable, and if they need a drink etc.

  • Getting the participant to the lunch area if needed

Designated Hosts are especially helpful when we have large groups of physically challenged participants.

 

Start time 9:30 AM.

Breakdown

Breakdown includes taking down the tents and moving equipment off the beach. If Operation Beachhead uses wetsuits for the participants, they need to be taken back to the storage location and washed down to be ready for the next event. This activity happens after the beach day around 1:00 PM at the beach location. As with the set-up duties, a volunteer can arrive at the designated time and does not need to be present for the entire beach day.

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Winter Volunteers

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Sledmen

Sledmen assist on the ice, helping  adaptive  participants play ice hockey as well as engage in leisure skating.

Any Season Volunteers

Equine Specialists

Equine Specialsts help participants interact with horses for some much needed animal therapy and time in nature.

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Dancers

All you need is a positive attitude and a smile!