Boat Holder

Purpose of Role:

The Boat Holder is a voluntary position that supports the fair and orderly boat racing by holding boats at the start of each 2000m race.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Adjust start fingers as required by the start officials.
  • Hold and adjust boat position at the start as instructed by the start aligner.
  • Undertake other duties as instructed by event umpires and boat holding team leaders.


  • Physically able - task includes walking along the narrow starting fingers, kneeling down, lying down and being able to hold the stern of the boat as directed by the starter.
  • Must be able to swim 

This position will require volunteers to lie down for extended periods of time and may require some strength to hold boats in difficult conditions.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Official volunteer uniform including shirt, cap, drink bottle and bag
  • Food and drink during your shift
  • The experience of volunteering at an amazing event
  • Opportunity to chat with international athletes
  • Opportunity to view quality racing and see Australia’s best rowers in action!
  • Free parking
  • Post-event thank you function
  • Volunteer Certificate/Reference Letter as required