Join the River Wey Navigations team

Ticket office volunteer engaging with a member of the public

Volunteering is a brilliant way of meeting extraordinary people, brought together by extraordinary places. For more information on what volunteering involves, and if you would like to learn new skills or pass on your own, please download our volunteering opportunities information. You'll also see some of the different ways you can volunteer below.

Join in

To register your interest, please complete the registration form below and email it back to River Wey.

Visitor services

As a volunteer in our visitor centre, you'll meet visitors, answer their questions and help to bring the Navigations' history to life. Dapdune Wharf in Guildford is the visitor centre for the River Wey Navigations and is open from March until October. The site tells the story of the Navigations’ history since it opened in 1653, the cargoes the Wey barges carried and the age of barge building.


Our Wey Navigation conservation volunteers meet at different locations along both the Wey and Godalming Navigations and work with different lengthsmen.  You will see what is involved in the physical management of a waterway and spend time outside being really useful.  You'll see why the mixture of tasks and variety of locations has proved very popular with our existing team.

Guided walks

We have a number of walks of varying length which cover all areas of the Navigations from Godalming to Thames Lock and the surrounding towns and villages. If you are a keen walker and someone who likes meeting and talking to other people, you could volunteer to lead some of these walks or provide back up to walk leaders.  Most walks take place during the winter months - a great time to get outside and encourage others to do so too.

Sewing group

If you're interested in sewing, you could join the group of volunteers who get together on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 12 to 4 pm. They started out making outfits for an event, which they enjoyed so much that they decided to continue. Activities include making outfits for children visiting the wharf.

Boat skippers

If you don't mind being on a waiting list for a while, you are welcome to indicate your interest in being one of merry band of skippers.  To be a skipper means having to be qualified in the Inland Waterways Helmsman's Certificate to ensure your boat handling skills are up to scratch.  You will also have to learn upstream and downstream commentaries to give visitors a guided tour as you take them on the 40 minute boat trips.  In return for putting you through the training, we would want you to be able to offer two weekend days and two other days a month.