Volunteer: Become a SAIL Leader

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) logo

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness are the single most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chance of falling.

How do I volunteer?

In order to become a SAIL leader the first step is to complete the SAIL Leader Application.  As part of the application, we require copies of your fitness certification (or equivalent degree) and CPR certification.

We also recommend you review the SAIL Leader Volunteer Role Description to learn more about what SAIL Leaders' responsibilities include.

TN SAIL will be hosting the last SAIL Online Leader Training of 2021 from September 7 – October 29. This training is FREE and can be done self-paced using our online training software. If you are interested in attending this training, please complete the 2021 SAIL Leader Application (hyperlink to the attachment). The timeline for the training is as follows:

2021 Online Training format and timeline:

-           August 27, 2021–Application to attend training due 

-           September 7–October 8, 2021 -Complete online modules and final exam 

-           October 14, 2021 –Attend mandatory webinar 

-           October 29, 2021 –Video submissions of SAIL Class and Fitness Check

There is no charge for this training. SAIL strongly encourages leaders to be trained in teams of two. For more information on trainings or becoming a SAIL Leader, please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or Sidney.Schuttrow@tn.gov. Remember: Applications are no later than by August 27, 2021!

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a current fitness certification or equivalent degree
  • Be CPR certified 
  • Can commit to teaching 2-3 SAIL classes a week

To learn more about the SAIL program, how to become a certified SAIL leader and upcoming trainings, please watch the SAIL Leader Orientation video below. 

Who cannot volunteer?

Anyone who does not meet the eligibility requirements listed above will not be allowed to volunteer for the SAIL program.

Where can people volunteer?

Anywhere! We are excited and eager to expand the venues where SAIL is offered. Classes are currently located in senior centers, faith-based organizations, an American Legion, parks and recreation facilities, insurance company locations, physical therapy sites and a wellness center. If you have a facility in mind in your local community, we look forward to the opportunity to partner. 

October 2018 SAIL Leaders

Volunteer Testimonials

“The class participants are wonderful, and we have established such meaningful bonds. Their determination to remain healthy is inspirational, and I also am benefiting from exercising more.”

“I feel honored to have become friends with my co-leaders.”

“The participants are all good natured, appreciative people.”

“The socialization and the smallest differences make the most impact.”

“It is so rewarding to hear the participants tell me how they have improved.”

“People enjoy the class and are engaged. They love to laugh.”

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have questions about becoming a SAIL Leader, contact Sidney Schuttrow at Sidney.Schuttrow@tn.gov or 615-741-1585.