Membership - Club Individual Member

The BCA has two classes of membership for individuals; Club Individual Membership (CIM) and Direct Individual Membership (DIM).

Club Individual Membership (CIM) is only available to members of clubs who themselves are BCA Group members.

The vast majority of BCA individual members are CIMs, administered via their club.

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.

Applications and payments for CIM membership must be submitted on your behalf by your club. Therefore, if you would like CIM membership please speak with your club. Note that if you are a member of multiple clubs, CIM membership is only needed via one of these.

Not all clubs will offer to administer CIM membership, and of course not all cavers are members of clubs. Furthermore, CIM membership does not currently entitle an individual to join the British Cave Research Association (BCRA). In these situations, we recommend Direct Individual Membership instead.

Subscription Rates 2020

The rates for club individual membership remains the same as last year.

2020 CIM Rates Renewals & New Members … reduced pro-rata for New Members joining after …
1st April 1st July 1st October
Active Caver £17.00 £12.75 £8.50 £4.25
Non-Caver £6.00 £4.50 £3.00 £1.50
Full-Time Student £8.00 £6.00 £4.00 £2.00
Under 18 (on 1st Jan) Free

All BCA membership periods start on 1st 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. See the table above for more details.

Join or Renew

As CIM membership can only be arranged through your Caving Club, please contact your own Club's Membership Secretary for more information.