Keith Traver's Story
Volunteering is important to Keith and he likes to try and make a difference. He was encouraged to join SWD by friends already doing the same.
Keith has been with SWD four years now and is a real asset to the organisation.
Keith had the opportunity to participate in the Northern Campaign in 2011 while delivering the boat Kayle from Bundaberg to Sydney. Along the way, he introduced people with disabilities to the pleasure of sailing, through the Try Sail program. Keith would rate this particular voyage as his most memorable since working with SWD.
He became interested in boating through his involvement in Scout training. As Activity Commissioner, he has taught canoeing, dingy sailing, and power boat handling at the Water Activities Base on Lane Cove River, Woolwich. He has owned a power boat since 1976 and all of his family enjoying boating. His youngest son also became a sailing instructor with the Scouts. As well as becoming a Queen’s Scout, Keith has repaired and restored many boats; from canoes to sailing dinghies.
Keith has enjoyed sailing dinghies and operating power boats over the years. In 1998, he was a crew member on Kickatinalong, the Adams 44 foot yacht forced to retire from the Sydney to Hobart race due to horrendous weather conditions. In the same year and on the same boat, Keith crewed for the Cabbage Tree Island race, followed by a cruising voyage from Pittwater to Port Hacking.
Keith completed his inshore skipper qualification with the Allsail Sailing School and has since provided 15 years of service to Marine Rescue (formerly Australian Volunteer Coast Guard) on their weekend rescue boats. On other occasions he is on duty at the Radio Base, providing contact to boats in the Botany Bay area. Keith has volunteered with several organisations and is an active community member with over 30 years of service to the Scout Association of Australia.
Keith is a friendly person who will strike up a conversation with anyone. Visitors on Kayle and Moshka always feel welcome and he gets a lot of satisfaction from SWD clients enjoying themselves. What really makes his day is when a visitor shakes his hand or gives him a high-five, and when someone thanks him personally. That's when he knows he's done a good job.