Membership - Direct Individual Member

The BCA has two classes of membership for individuals; Club Individual Membership (CIM) and Direct Individual Membership (DIM). Direct Individual Membership (DIM) should be applied for by the individual directly (i.e. not via a club). See link below to the membership forms (form M1).

This membership category has third-party public liability insurance cover attached as a member benefit, as well as access to a BCA-arranged caving travel insurance. You will have a vote at General Meetings and in ballots and will receive relevant communications.

Your membership fee also makes an essential contribution to much of the other work the BCA does, including national conservation, access, safety and equipment initiatives, support of our various services such as the British Caving Library, assisting with youth caving and expeditions and generally promoting our sport.

Direct Individual Membership may be of interest to individuals who are not involved in a club, or who’s club does not administer CIM membership for their members. It may also be preferred by those wishing to process their BCA membership personally.

Only DIMs are able to join the British Cave Research Association (BCRA), and BCRA membership is included as an optional extra with the DIM package.

Subscription Rates 2020

You can join BCA as an individual or a joint member.

2020 DIM Rates Category BCA Fee BCRA Fee (Optional)
Individual DIM Caving £17.00 Add the fee from the BCRA Membership table
Non-Caving £6.00
Full Time Student £8.00
Under 18 (on 1st Jan) Free
Joint DIM 2 Caving £34.00
1 Caving, 1 Non-Caving £23.00
2 Non-Caving £12.00

All BCA membership periods start on 1 January or later and run for the remainder of the year. Subscriptions for new individual members are reduced pro rata on a quarterly basis for the year of joining, depending on when you join. Therefore the fee payable for new members joining from 1 April is three-quarters of the full-year fee, reducing to half on 1 July and a quarter on 1 October. If you join after 1 October, you also have the option of paying for the next calendar year in advance, in which case you will be gifted membership for the last quarter of the present year free.

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