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Volunteering

Sea Serpents is an organization that is run 100% by volunteers.   We are almost always looking for student volunteers (14 or older)  who are motivated, enthusiastic, compassionate, and have a basic proficiency in the four swimming strokes.   

An easy 2-part Registration Process:

  1. Everyone must complete the new Sea Serpent registration HERE for each spring or fall season.

  2. Everyone must complete a volunteer form ("Class A" volunteer) with Special Olympics Northern California (SONC). You can find the form at www.volunteerforsonc.org . This is a SONC requirement, as they oversee our Sea Serpents team. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Those younger than 14 may attend only with a parent/guardian who is registered as a Class A volunteer. This registration is good for 3 years and only needs to be renewed as such.

    • Part of applying for registered status is an online general orientation. Everyone must complete the general orientation as outlined on the SONC website. Additional requirements for adults (18+) are outlined on the SONC site as well.(via the same link above)

Important Coach Volunteer Checklist:

  • Please arrive with your swim suit on, and ready to get in the water for each session.

  • Please arrive at 3:45 for each practice session.

  • Special Olympics office requires us to maintain an attendance log, so please make sure to sign in on deck each week

  • Coaches are expected to help with pulling covers and lane lines before and after practice when necessary. This will take up to 10 minutes at the most

  • Our special needs athletes thrive on your enthusiasm and energy. While you are on deck or in the pool, we need you to be 100% engaged with the athletes. Expect to be in the water for the full hour.

  • Our athletes thrive on consistency. For this reason, we request that if you make a commitment to the Sea Serpents program for a season, we ask that you can commit to 70% of the practices. For the spring session, attendance at the May qualifier meet in Oakland is mandatory.