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Volunteering at TISC

TISC would not be possible without the many volunteers who put their time and energy into making our facility and programs accessible for everyone in the San Francisco Bay. We provide opportunities for adults to contribute to TISC’s mission and the community through volunteerism. TISC utilizes volunteers in a variety of ways from helping with community or fundraising events and maintaining its fleet to office work and program instruction.

Volunteer Rewards Program

We acknowledge the importance of giving back to our communities. Some of us get involved with TISC to meet new people and others to sharpen their skills.  Some people are passionate for the cause, while others may volunteer to learn how to sail. For the later, we have created a Volunteer Rewards Program. Whatever the motivation, all are welcome!

Volunteers with a minimum of 16 hours of service:

  • Can utilize TISC’s programs and fleet
  • Can trade their hours equal to hours of instruction for any of TISC’s courses or rentals
  • Must adhere to TISC’s progression of courses and boat usage policies
  • Must complete volunteer hours equal to any course or rental prior to any reservation

TISC will reserve 25% of its courses for volunteers per availability. Volunteer hours are non-transferable unless in the case of a minor to whom the volunteer is a legal guardian.

Logging your hours not only benefits you, it also supports Sail Sand Point ‘s annual Public Benefit which helps to offset operating costs for the organization. You can log hours online or in-person in the office.

Sign Up To Volunteer – It’s Easy!

  1. Complete the Volunteer Information Form
  2. We will add you to our email list and let you know when volunteer opportunities arise.
  3. Checkout our Volunteer Handbook.
  4. Enroll in our Volunteer Rewards Program

Group Sail: J24 Instructor

Experienced sailors can volunteer to take a small groups of people sailing around the cove teaching them the basics of sailing. Volunteers need to pass TISC’s J24 checkout and are required to do a background check if they are going to be working with youth.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Opening Day TENTATIVELY  Rescheduled on Summer Sailstice June 20th!  Stay Tuned! 
  • Opening Day April 25th Cancelled

VI Sailing

This is a one-Saturday or Sunday-a-month event hosted at Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC)  in partnership with the Lighthouse Sailing School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. TISC is seeking experienced sailors to participate in these events either as instructors or as crew members on a J24.  Some training will be required in order to gain experience in teaching blind and visiually-impaired sailors.  More information can be found

Marketing and Publications

 We send upcoming news through constant contact and use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to let people know what is happening at TISC. Do you have skills that would help in this effort? This is a great opportunity to help us from the convenience of your home or office!


Volunteer for a day or more to help improve the grounds of TISC or paint or repair.

General Boat Maintenance

Did you know that TISC has over 100 boats? All of these get serious use (and a bit of abuse). We can always use help with sanding, oiling, painting and cleaning the vessels.


Involvement can range from membership growth, to event planning, to presenting to parties interested in the growth and development of the Treasure Island Sailing Center. We always need people to help create these events to support our programs.

Regatta Support

No sailing program is complete without the racing aspect. TISC hosts several regatta’s during the year and each of these regattas could use support on land and on the water. This is a fun way to watch the competition and inspire the next generation of sailors!

Administrative Support

The administrative support volunteer will assist the team by providing clerical support in our office.  This can include data entry, maintaining filling system, answering and directing phone calls

More Information

If you have any questions about TISC’s Volunteer Program please email or call us at 415 421-2225

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Mission of the Treasure Island Sailing Center

We create opportunities for people to learn and grow through sailing by providing facilities, sailing instruction, and access to the water for people of all socio-economic backgrounds, abilities and skill levels from novice to Olympian.

Our Vision

  • To provide San Francisco with a first rate community sailing center that provides universal access to and lifelong connections with the Bay.
  • To serve ALL children in our community and to teach them more than sailing.

The Treasure Island Sailing Center is a 501c3 (EIN: 31-1625735) non-profit community sailing organization

698 California Ave Building 112
San Francisco, CA 94130