The society has more than 100 members drawn from all over the country. We welcome new members from novice upwards and they are invited to join us on a provisional basis for six months while becoming acquainted with our work. After that period all pending members may then seek election to full membership. Couples who are joint members will receive only one copy of club publications. Associate membership provides copies of club publications but no other facilities. Temporary membership is available to provide cottage visitors with public liability insurance for surface activities if they require it.
In order for our club to grow, members make a large part of their energy educating new members and educating the elders. Almost every year we organize a speleological course for interested people. Along with this, we encourage older members to continue developing skills and placing higher categories. We also have projects you can be a part of.
Club subscriptions run from October 1st for one year. For a full member, it costs £25, and for joint members, it is £33 a year. PLUS BCA membership fee of £6 is for non-cavers, and £17 for active cavers (per person). If you have BCA membership through another club then you do not need to pay twice but you need to let the treasurer know your other club and BCA number. Associate membership costs £21 and it includes £6 non-caver – contact Treasurer if you’re already a member of BCA. Also, there is provisional £20 for 6 months from any starting date.
Public Liability Insurance (PLI) is now required by some landowners for access to caves on their land. In Wales the only cave requiring it is Dan-yr-Ogof. PLI provides cover for damage or injury that you accidentally cause to something or somebody else. This never used to be necessary, but we now live in an ever more litigious world. So far there have been no cases of cavers trying to sue one another, but this has happened in the rock climbing world, and one drunk mountaineer even sued his club for falling out of a top bunk. Sometimes it is not the member but the relatives who sue after a serious accident, and that is why this is now the common practice in every respectful club in the world.