How to Volunteer as a Motorsport Marshal?

warningMotorsport is Dangerous!
Marshalling may result in serious injury or death.


warningVolunteering on a Tourist Visa!

Research the host country’s volunteer “work” laws before signing up for events.* If entering a country on a tourist visa, your visit must not be for the sole purpose of volunteering, go sightseeing. You may NOT receive any kind of payment for marshaling!

There are a number of names for this hobby. Some call us marshals, others race officials, or corner workers, F&C – flag & communications, etc. But regardless what the official name is, we are volunteers that provide an important role in motorsports: safety. There are a number of roles within marshalling that are individually unique. For example you can become a flag marshal or a track marshal, in some regions there is no distinction between the two as you are expected to perform both tasks on a rotating basis. There’s also grid marshals, scrutineers, timing and scoring, etc.

To get a good idea of what marshals do, have a look at this BBC video:

TRAINING!!! Watch the Motorsport Safety Fund Training Videos: here. They are required watching!

How to volunteer in Asia?

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How to become a marshal in Singapore?
f-malaysiaMALAYSIA
How to become a marshal in Malaysia?
f-southkoreaSOUTH KOREA
How to become a marshal in South Korea?

How to volunteer in the Americas?

f-usaUSA
How to become a corner worker in the USA?
f-canadaCANADA
How to become a corner worker in Canada?

How to volunteer in Oceania?

f-australiaAUSTRALIA
How to become a race official in Australia?
f-newzealandNEW ZEALAND
How to become a race official in New Zealand?

How to volunteer in Europe?

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How to become a marshal in the United Kingdom?
f-franceFRANCE
How to become a marshal in France?
f-germanyGERMANY
How to become a marshal in Germany?
f-portugalPORTUGAL
How to become a marshal in Portugal?

How to volunteer in the Arabian Gulf?

f-bahrainBAHRAIN
How to become a marshal in Bahrain?
f-uaeUAE
How to become a marshal in the United Arab Emirates?

 

In order to become a marshal, in most cases you need to simply apply. Many would suggest looking for a local club at a local race track to volunteer. However the route I took was straight to the top, and I would highly recommend it to others. I started marshalling by volunteering for the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. The beauty of that experience is that I was classroom trained, provided with study guides and plenty of racing videos to analyse other people’s techniques and mistakes and taught to think logically on how to handle the situation.

Of course that route may not always be available, nor is it the ideal route as there is no quicker way to learn than hands on training. I did this too by moving to New Zealand and marshalling almost every weekend at the local race tracks. From small club events to international pro-events, you pick up a lot of skills and useful experiences. You just have to have determination and the drive to show up. The rest is easy.

 

I have enumerated some local and national clubs by country above where I have already marshalled and below where I have yet to marshal, to get you started. Of course should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

How to volunteer in Asia?

f-chinaCHINA
How to become a marshal in China?
f-hongkongHONG KONG
How to become a marshal in Hong Kong?
f-macauMACAU
How to become a marshal in Macau?
f-japanJAPAN
How to become a marshal in Japan?
f-thailandTHAILAND
How to become a marshal in Thailand?
f-indonesiaINDONESIA
How to become a marshal in Indonesia?
f-philippinesPHILIPPINES
How to become a marshal in the Philippines?
f-indiaINDIA
How to become a marshal in India?

How to volunteer in the Middle East?

f-qatar QATAR
How to become a marshal in Qatar?
f-saudiarabiaSAUDI ARABIA
How to become a marshal in Saudi Arabia?

How to volunteer in Europe?

f-monacoMONACO
How to become a marshal in Monaco?
f-belgiumBELGIUM
How to become a marshal in Belgium?
f-netherlandsthe NETHERLANDS
How to become a marshal in the Netherlands?
f-hungaryHUNGARY
How to become a marshal in Hungary?
f-spainSPAIN
How to become a marshal in Spain?
f-italyITALY
How to become a marshal in Italy?
f-irelandIRELAND
How to become a marshal in Ireland?
f-denmarkDENMARK
How to become a marshal in Denmark?
f-finlandFINLAND
How to become a marshal in Finland?
f-swedenSWEDEN
How to become a marshal in Sweden?
f-turkeyTURKEY
How to become a marshal in Turkey?
f-russiaRUSSIA
How to become a marshal in Russia?
f-czechrepublicCZECH REPUBLIC
How to become a marshal in the Czech Republic?
f-polandPOLAND
How to become a marshal in Poland?
f-ukraineUKRAINE
How to become a marshal in Ukraine?

How to volunteer in the Americas?

f-brazilBRAZIL
How to become a marshal in Brazil?
f-argentinaARGENTINA
How to become a marshal in Argentina?
f-mexicoMEXICO
How to become a marshal in Mexico?

How to volunteer in Africa?

f-moroccoMOROCCO
How to become a marshal in Morocco?
f-southafricaSOUTH AFRICA
How to become a marshal in South Africa?

How to volunteer in Other Countries?

f-azerbaijanAZERBAIJAN
How to become a marshal in Azerbaijan?

f-austriaAUSTRIA
How to become a marshal in Austria?

f-chileCHILE
How to become a marshal in Chile?

f-colombiaCOLOMBIA
How to become a marshal in Colombia?

f-costaricaCOSTA RICA
How to become a marshal in Costa Rica?

f-icelandICELAND
How to become a marshal in Iceland?

f-isleofmanISLE OF MAN
How to become a marshal in Isle of Man?

f-kuwaitKUWAIT
How to become a marshal in Kuwait?

f-lebanonLEBANON
How to become a marshal in Lebanon?

f-norwayNORWAY
How to become a marshal in Norway?

f-omanOMAN
How to become a marshal in Oman?

f-pakistanPAKISTAN
How to become a marshal in Pakistan?

f-puertoricoPUERTO RICO
How to become a marshal in Puerto Rico?

f-scotlandSCOTLAND
How to become a marshal in Scotland?

f-switzerlandSWITZERLAND
How to become a marshal in Switzerland?

f-taiwanTAIWAN
How to become a marshal in Taiwan?

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How to become a marshal in Venezuela?

I could use some help with information on countries where I have not marshalled yet. If you have any specific information that may be useful to potential marshals, please make a comment on this post or contact me in private and I’ll be happy to share your info.

*I am not an immigration lawyer and cannot advise anyone on whether or not “YOU” can volunteer overseas. From my experience the various ASN’s consider volunteering for a three or four day event not to fall under their country’s work laws and therefore you may marshal on a tourist visa. So far I have only received confirmation from New Zealand. I would love to hear and post other people’s experiences here to help others volunteer internationally. There is no reason to feel like a criminal trying to enter a country to genuinely volunteer doing what we all love to do. If proper work visas are advisable I’d love to hear about them too, and link to the page where marshals may obtain them.

PS. Your volunteering is appreciated:

(this page was created in 2012 and some info may be outdated)

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