Volunteering for the San Diego Crew Classic is a rewarding experience in which volunteers get to actively be a part of the West Coast’s largest and longest-running regatta. Getting athletes to the start line safely is our responsibility, but crossing the finish line is up to them.


We’re in need of volunteers who are available before, during and after the regatta. We encourage everyone with an interest in the sport to sign up. You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. You’ll need a valid e-mail address and access to the internet to register.


Crown Point Shores, along Mission Bay. We anticipate cool cloudy mornings and warm sunny afternoons, but it can instead be rainy with temperatures in the 50s. Dress in layers, and remember a jacket, sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen. Docks may become slippery so wear appropriate footwear.


Do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@crewclassic.org or the WaterOps coordinator at waterops@crewclassic.org for any questions or concerns.

Volunteer Signup Form

Volunteer Check-In

Please report to the Volunteer Check-In Tent at the South Gate (green parking lot) at Crown Point Shores on the day and time you are scheduled. You will receive your T-shirt and more information on your job duties.  Your experience as a Crew Classic volunteer is extremely important to us. That’s why volunteers are provided with the training necessary to perform their roles.


Free parking will be available off-site at several the Ski Beach Parking Lot, and a free shuttle will escort you to the venue between 5:00am and closing. Please remember to allow time to park and ride the shuttle prior to your shift. (Paid parking is also available at Crown Point Shores venue, though it is extremely limited. Lots fill early each day.)

Job Difficulty

There are many areas of the regatta that need your help. Some of these positions require little or no experience, while some require specific Crew Classic experience. Please review the job descriptions below and choose the job that best matches your skillset.

*To give you an idea of the level of skill need for each job we have created a scale, 1-5, see descriptions below.

  1. Very low skill needed for this role. You do not need any previous regatta or event experience to perform this task.
  2. Low skill level is needed for this type of role. You may be standing for long periods of time or interacting with event attendees. You do not need any previous regatta or event experience to perform this task.
  3. Moderate skill level is needed for this type of role. This job could involve heavy lifting, standing for long periods of time or managing online computer systems pertaining to racing. You do not need any previous regatta or event experience to perform this task.
  4. High level of experience is needed for this role. This task may include long hours in direct correlation with regatta progression. You need some previous regatta or event experience to perform this task.
  5. Very high level of experience is needed for this role. It may require handling equipment on the water, lifting, or managing technology, in direct correlation to racing operations. Must have significant experience with regattas.

On The Shore

Trophies: (Several volunteers per shift) Work in teams of three people to keep track of the winning crew from the finish line to the shore and bring them to the trophy tent for presentation of medals and trophy. Fast paced and sometimes hectic, must be friendly, outgoing and assertive in your persuasion with the crews and their coach/coxswain. Will use a walkie-talkie and keep in contact with the trophy tent to keep updated on the winning crew’s whereabouts and arrival to the tent. Will be working in the full sun, so please wear a hat and sunscreen; comfortable shoes are highly recommended as you will be on the beach, in the sand, and on grass.

Beach Masters: (Several volunteers per shift) Be part of the team that ensures boats get launched and retrieved with all necessary equipment and identifiers including bow numbers and bow balls, race and lane number stickers, etc. This is the heart of the action. New volunteers welcome! Must wear shoes/clothes that can get wet/sandy.

Finish Line: (2-4 volunteers per shift) Horn-blower and flag waiver (involves heavy lifting of a tall flag after each boat crosses the finish line).

Finish Line Timing: (2-4 volunteers per shift) Requires use of regatta technology to clock timing of each event. Would prefer individuals who could fill more than one shift throughout the weekend.

Stake Boat Holder: (8-10 volunteers per shift) Requires laying down and holding boats at the start.  This is a great position for HS students. 

Volunteer Check-In: (2-4 volunteers per shift) South Gate support. Assist Volunteer Coordinator in administrative efforts, welcome volunteers.


Procurement: Before the regatta, a few volunteers to procure donations of food – sandwiches, meals, snacks, drinks  etc for the volunteers. Feeding 400 hungry volunteers is no small feat, and so important.

Weigh-Ins: (8-10 volunteers) This role requires fast-paced work in weighing in athletes for their races. This is the type of role we would need individuals who could work all weekend, to sign up for.

Runners: (3-5 volunteers) This job role requires someone with a legal valid drivers license. You would be the runner for volunteers and referees. This could require transportation of individuals, items, or running items on the grounds.

Golf Cart Driver: (1-2 volunteers per shift) Operate a golf cart and walkie-talkie, and respond to calls as needed. Job tasks may include lifting.

Raffle Tickets: (2-3 volunteers per shift) Sell raffle tickets for a Concept2 workout machine.

On The Water

Boat Drivers: You will have the responsibility of safely escorting personnel around mission bay while staying mindful of the hundreds of rowers on the water at all times. If you own or have access to a boat, this is a big plus! We need Boston Whalers/Parkers/Grady Whites under 18′ with newer Honda or Yamaha 60-120hp 4-stroke outboards only. The boats should also come with working trailers unless they are already in the water in Mission Bay. Our mechanic at the Crew Classic will be well versed in servicing Hondas and Yamahas and will not be able to take care of Mercurys and Evinrudes.

If you wish to assist with water operations please email our Water Ops Director at waterops@crewclassic.org.

These positions will NOT be available for registration on our Eventbrite page.

Thank you.

Boats Needed

Would YOU like to join in the San Diego Crew Classic?

You can. That’s right, we’re asking you to join us in the San Diego Crew Classic by donating your time and/or your boat. We are in need of the following boats for this year’s regatta:

  • 17 x 13-16 foot Boston Whalers
  • 17 x 17-foot Boston Whalers
  • 11 x 18-16 foot Escort Boats

We will pick up your boat at a prearranged time and place, and return it cleaned and waxed with minor repairs provided. Take the time right now to sign up.  Just email your name, phone number, the best time to call you, and type and size of boat. The San Diego Crew Classic appreciates it!