Joining the NLSA (or renewing Your Membership)

We are delighted that you want to join us or continue sailing at the West Reservoir Centre, Stoke Newington.

Membership criteria

If you are 8 or over and have an 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 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 dinghy-sailing experience but no qualification you can apply for an NLSA assessment.  Once you have successfully completed this you will be able to join. Email the Membership Secretary.

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

Subscriptions: Membership rates for new members depend on date of first joining

The subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March and subscriptions for new members run to 31 March of the following year.

  • New members joining January to May pay a full 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 full 100% subscription.

The NLSA offers concessionary membership, at 50% of the relevant Full subscription, to adults who are:  over 60; or are full-time students in further/higher education; or are in receipt of benefits; and who supply proof of eligibility.  Please contact the Membership Secretary on if you need more information.

Where there is more than one member from the same household, only one member from that household pays the Full annual subscription for membership.  All other members from the household pay a Family subscription at 50% of the relevant Full subscription.