Joining the NLSA (and renewing your membership)

  Sailing at West Reservoir with NLSA is extremely affordable - up to £140 per year! Use of boats is included in the membership fee.  

Membership criteria - Adult
  • RYA Level 2 certificate or Youth Stage 3 or equivalent
Sailing ever since but don't have official certificate? Do not despair, read below ...

Membership criteria - Youth

  • Age 8 or over
  • Youth Stage 3 or equivalent
  • Application made by parent or guardian

If you are 8 or over and have an adult RYA Level 2 certificate or a Youth Stage 3, or equivalent, you can join straight away; just follow the instructions below. There is a dropdown menu and the one you select depends on your date of joining and your category of membership.

Applications for young people aged 8 to 17 must be made by their parent or guardian.

The close family of qualified adult members can also join even if unqualified themselves but must only sail with the qualified adult family member.

NLSA at West Reservoir is not an RYA Training Centre so if you don't have a qualification or dinghy-sailing experience, contact either the West Reservoir Centre on 020 8442 8116 or Brightlingsea Coastal Sailing Centre at for details of RYA courses.

If you have an equivalent qualification, email the Membership Secretary on

Dinghy-sailing experience but no official certification

If you have dinghy-sailing experience but no qualification you can apply for an NLSA assessment (subject to availability). 
Once you have successfully completed this you will be able to join. 

The assessment is done by experienced sailing instructor, who will ask the sailor to demonstrate the sailing skills up to RYA Level 2. The exact content of the assessment may vary, but most commonly the sailor has to rig and launch the dinghy, sail triangular course and return safely to the jetty. 

Successful assessment permits the sailor to join the club and participate in all club activities. However, the assessment is not a replacement for RYA certification and therefore is not recognised at any other club.

Reduced membership rates for new members based on date of first joining

Full membership rates: The subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March.
Subscriptions for new members run to 31 March of the following year.
  • New members joining January to May pay a 100% subscription
  • New members joining June to September pay a 75% subscription
  • New members joining October to December pay a 50% subscription
  • Existing members when renewing pay a 100% subscription.


  • We offer 50% concessionary membership to adults who are: over 60;
  • or full-time students in further/higher education;
  • or in receipt of benefits.
Email the Membership Secretary on to supply proof of eligibility or for more information.

Family rates

For members from the same household, only one member pays the full annual subscription. All other household members pay 50% of the relevant full subscription. 

The section below is managed by MemberMojo, a system we use for member registrations. If you need any help (the list of membership options is quite long :-), please contact