Membership of BCA is open to any individual, club or other group with an interest in cave or abandoned-mine exploration. For further information on membership, see the membership pages.

BCA is fully democratic in structure and run by an elected Council. Specific aspects of BCA's work are handled on its behalf by its Constituent Bodies and Regional Councils, each of which also have a seat on Council.

Constituent Bodies

Constituent Bodies are Group Members of BCA who are recognised as having some kind of national co-ordinating role in a specific aspect of caving or mine exploration. These are currently:

Association of Caving Instructors (ACI)

The National Caving Scout Active Support Unit (NCSASU)

British Cave Research Association (BCRA)

British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC)

Cave Diving Group (CDG)

Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs (CHECC)

National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO)

William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust (WPCST)

Regional Caving Councils

The Regional Caving Councils deal with various functions on behalf of BCA, such as Conservation & Access works, Access Permits etc. The various officers of the Councils are also members of the relevant BCA Special Committees.

Cambrian Caving Council has responsibility for Wales, The Marches and The Royal Forest of Dean.

Council of Northern Caving Clubs is responsible for the north of Britain.

Council of Southern Caving Clubs has responsibility for the Mendip Hills, West Wiltshire and The Isle of Portland.

Derbyshire Caving Association is the Regional Body for the Peak District + South Yorks, North Notts & Cheshire.

Devon & Cornwall Underground Council is the body responsible for Devon & Cornwall.

Member Clubs