Join the sailing club...
... and renewing your membership
Membership Fee - £140 per year or less
NLSA sets out to provide low-cost and easy-to-access sailing for everyone to enjoy. The club aims to keep the costs as low as possible, which means it is run by volunteers, allowing us to keep the annual membership to a minimum.
**SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS.
ADULTS - Criteria for Full Membership
Adult members must have either of the following to be able to join NLSA;
QUALIFICATIONS - RYA Level 2 certificate, or Youth Stage 3, or equivalent
EXPERIENCE - If you have years of dinghy experience but don't have an official certificate then do not despair, we can arrange an assessment of your sailing to allow you to join without the official qualifications - SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON ASSESSMENTS.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT YACHT QUALIFICATIONS DO NOT COUNT.
YOUTHS - Criteria for Full Membership
Youth members must be aged between 8 to 17.
Youth members who want to sail independently must be at least 12 years old. They will be required to demonstrate their competence in being able to rig, launch and sail solo and meet the following criteria;
QUALIFICATION - Youth Stage 3
APPLICATION - To be made by parent or guardian
The close family from the same household of qualified adult members, both adults and children, can also join even if unqualified themselves, but if unqualified, must only sail with the qualified adult family member.
How to join?
Firstly you must make sure you meet the Membership Criteria for Adults/Youth above.
Click on this JOIN NOW - it will take you to the Membemojo portal where you can sign up.
Fill out the form - there is a dropdown menu and the one you select depends on your date of joining and your category of membership.
BEGINNERS - What if I don't have any sailing experience?
NLSA at the 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 for details of their RYA courses or contact the RYA for information about other training centres.
ASSESSMENTS - Sailing competence
If you have significant previous dinghy-sailing experience but no official certification, NLSA offers assessments by an experienced NLSA sailing instructor, who will ask the sailor to demonstrate sailing skills up to RYA Level 2. The exact content of the assessment may vary, but most commonly the sailor will have to rig and launch their dinghy, sail a triangular course successfully and return safely to the pontoon.
Successful assessment will permit 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.
The fee for an assessment is £20 for those aged 18 or more, or £10 for those under 18, but for those joining NLSA after a successful assessment, their first subscription payment will be reduced by 50% of the assessment fee they had previously paid.
If you have any equivalent qualifications, or have any questions regarding your experience then please contact our NLSA Membership Secretary, Mary Leaming email@example.com.
FEES - Annual Subscriptions
The subscription year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Subscriptions for new members run until 31 March of the following year. Reduced rates for new members based on the date of first joining
Full Membership (See above for fee)
- 100% Subscription fee due - New members joining January to June
- 75% Subscription fee due - New members joining from July to September
- 50% Subscription fee due - New members joining October to December
- 100% Subscription fee due - Existing members when renewing
Those joining without formal sailing qualifications after a successful assessment, will have their first subscription payment reduced by 50% of the assessment fee they had previously paid.
We offer 50% concessionary membership discounts to adults who meet the following requirements:
- Full-time students in further/higher education,
- In receipt of benefits,
Aged 60 years and over.
Please contact Mary Leaming, NLSA Membership Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org to supply proof of eligibility or for more information.
For close family members from the same household, only one adult qualified member pays the full annual subscription. All other close family members from the same household pay 50% of the relevant full subscription.