New members are very welcome. Normally we would expect you to have a Club Pilot rating from the BHPA before you join the club. We don't teach you to fly, that's the job of the flying school - details of which can be found on the links page. We can help you through the transition from flying school to flying our sites. During the flying season, we run coaching days for low air time pilots.
Please note that most of our communications are now by electronic means - this web site, the club forum and e-mails. This allows us concentrate more on flying and less on club admin. If you haven't got access to a computer then we will try to cater for your needs but you will not have access to all of the information that's provided. Please bear this in mind when joining.
If you get your e-mail through Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo and BT Internet then you should be aware that these providers have a very aggressive anti-spam policy. You are likely to find that they filter out e-mails from us. You will need to add the e-mail address of every committee member to your "safe senders" list or the equivalent. You should also add the e-mail for the CSC webmaster to the list. The instuctions for doing this can be found on this web site or this web site. The former site gives this warning on these providers
You should seriously consider avoiding email providers who operate these types of filters.
Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo and BT Internet are generally considered to be the worst culprits for using this type of filtering, but they are not alone - many other email providers are just as bad.
If you'd like to join us, use the link above to download the application form and send it with the appropriate fee to:CSC Membership Secretary
If you'd like a CSC car sticker, then enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your application. The sticker has a diameter of 4 inches and your enevelope needs to be slightly bigger.
If you send off your membership application and have not received an e-mail from us within a week, please use the link at the bottom of the page to find out what is happening.
The costs of membership are as follows:
£20 for a 'Full' member
Please not that we do not have a family membership option any more.
Please make cheques payable to 'Cumbria Soaring Club'.
Please note - you must be a member of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) before you join the CSC. Their web site can be found here
On joining you will receive login and password details to the members area of the CSC website which allows you to post articles and view 'Club Documents'. CSC's comprehensive site guide is available on this web site and is updated regularly.
The Cumbria Soaring Club Newsletter - titled 'Spoilt For Choice' is distributed electronically to all members. (Those members without access to the internet will receive a copy of the Newsletter in the post).
Renewal fees are
£25 - membership
We offer a discounted rate if you pay before your membership expires. Providing that your cheque or standing order reaches us before your membership expires, the renewal rate is :
£20 - membership
We aim to align all membership expiry dates with the 30th of November of each year. This means that the bulk of club admin takes place in November/December. Therefore in your second year of membership you will be invited to make a part payment to cover the period from your first year expiry date to the next 30th November. You need to renew before your membership expires, otherwise you have to pay the full joining fee.
Wherever possible, all membership communication is via e-mail and hard copy letters are not sent out. Therefore you should ensure that your CSC record has the correct e-mail address and that the webmaster at cumbriasoaringclub dot co dot uk is not a blocked sender in your e-mail spam filter.
Around the first of the month when your membership expires, you will receive a reminder e-mail or letter. You can either send a cheque to the membership secretary or you can help to minimise admin by setting up an annual standing order. The form can be found in the members only/club documents area. Complete the form and send it to your bank, not the membership secretary!
If you have not renewed your membership by the expiry date, then your web site access will be disabled shortly after the expiry date. You will also receive another e-mail or letter reminder. You will need to pay the full membership fee to renew.
You must be a current BHPA member before you can renew your CSC membership.