How to Join

Notice to Potential New Regular Member Applicants : The Salt Spring Island Club is temporarily full!

The Club is at its maximum capacity of 200 Regular Members. Additionally all 150 slips in our marina are currently assigned. This is a temporary situation only and we anticipate some normal turnover in membership and moorage will occur, especially at renewal time, October-November. In the interim Applicants for Regular Membership will be processed as Associate members and placed on a waitlist in the order in which they were received and as Regular Membership vacancies occur will be converted to Regular status. Additionally, as the Board will not meet again until after the summer break for July and August applications will not be considered by the Membership Committee until then.

In the interim complete applications for Regular (and Associate) Memberships can be mailed to the Club or scanned and emailed to us at:

membership@saltspringsailing.ca

Please note: a complete application package consists of the Application Form, Volunteer Interest form and two signed Sponsor Forms. Please do not make any e-transfer for membership initiation fees until the application process is re-opened and you are contacted by a member of the Membership Committee.  

Meanwhile, enjoy your summer and check back here to see if the status changes.

Any person wishing to foster the purpose of the Club is eligible for membership, subject to the following criteria, and the successful completion of the application process. There are four categories of membership, Regular, Associate, Junior and Honorary Life.  Honorary Life is given by the Board to a Member for appreciation of important services rendered to the Club. The other categories are as follows:

Regular Membership is limited to persons whose principal residence is on Salt Spring Island. A second person sharing the same residence, in a spousal relationship, may be named as sharing the same membership. Each Regular Membership, whether an individual or a couple, has a right to one vote and to hold one office in the Club at any one time. Regular Members have mooring privileges, subject to availability.

Associate Membership may be granted to applicants who wish to particpate in Club activities without having voting or mooring privileges. Associate Members may not hold office.

Junior Membership is open to youth from 7 to 18 years of age and is tied in to participation in the Junior Sailing Team.  For information, link here to the Junior Program page.

Honorary Life Membership is given in appreciation of important services rendered to the Club. An Honorary Life Membership is only granted by election at an Annual General Meeting upon a vote of 75 per cent of Regular members present and entitled to vote. Such members are exempt from payment of dues and fees, excepting moorage and related charges, and retain all the rights of Regular Membership.

Applicants for Regular or Associate Membership need two Sponsors, who must have held a Regular Membership for a period of at least three (3) years, are currently in good standing, and have met Work Contribution expectations according to Club regulations.

Regular Membership Capacity

Regular Membership capacity is 200 Members. Should the Club reach that number a Wait List will be established, and from that point on, all further applicants will be required to apply as Associate Members and join the Wait List for Regular Membership. The requirements for Associate Membership are the same as for Regular Membership except that one is not required to have full-time residency on Saltspring until becoming a Regular Member. 

Privileges and Responsibilities of Members

The Club has racing, cruising, junior sail training and social programs, all of which provide an opportunity to meet a wide variety of very interesting people. The Club encourages active participation by all members rather than simply providing a convenient marina.  As a volunteer-run club our annual dues and moorage fees are kept low because most of the work is undertaken by members. There is an expectation that all Regular and Associate Members will contribute a minimum of 20 hours of their time each year, attend General Meetings, come out for the two annual Work Parties, and participate in one of the Committees. Regular Members should be prepared to serve on the Board or in some other appointed position. New Members are expected to serve on the Board or on a Committee 2 of the first 5 years of membership.  Junior Members are also expected to contribute volunteer time.

Prospective members should familiarize themselves with the Club Constitution, By-laws and Regulations and be prepared to meet their obligations as members and actively support the Club’s Purpose and Vision. Our Club website is a good starting point for learning more about Saltspring Island Sailing Club. Club Sponsors can provide additional background, documents and assistance to applicants to ensure they understand the privileges and responsibilities of membership.

Fees: There are three types of fees that may be charged. Please note that 5% GST will be added to any fees outlined below:

Initiation Fee is a one-time fee – 1st half payable upon acceptance of a Regular or Associate Member’s application and the 2nd half payable upon assignment of moorage. Note that a special reduced Initiation Fee is available to help make the Club membership affordable for younger families – see notes below. Those joining as Associate members who intend to become Regular Members need only pay the Associate Membership initiation fee up front, and then pay the balance upon conversion to Regular Membership.

Annual Dues are payable in advance on the first of each November (first of June for Juniors).

Annual Moorage is payable in advance on the first of each November, based on length of boat or dock space for Regular Members with a slip assignment. Note that additional costs for optional dinghy storage and electrical power usage are assessed separately and are payable at the same time.

  • Age Requirements
  • Initiation Fee 1 *
  • Initiation Fee 2 **
  • Annual Dues
  • Annual Moorage
  • Regular
    $2,000
    • Under Age 40
    • $1,000
    • $1,000 for slip 25' or less ***
    • $445
    • $3.25 ft/mnth
  • Associate
    $400
    • -
    • $400
    • -
    • $445
    • -
  • Junior
    $125
    • Under Age 19
    • $125
    • -
    • $75
    • -

* Paid upon application for membership.
** Paid upon assignment of moorage.
*** If slip is over 25′, then fee is increased to $2000 (less paid to date).

Fees shown are current as of November 1, 2022. Annual Dues will increase by the rate of inflation after that. Fees may be subject to change upon a vote by members at an Annual or Special General Meeting. Note again that the current rate of GST is applicable on all items.

Note: In order to qualify for the under-40 rate for a joint membership, both applicants must be under age 40.

The forms needed for joining are available through the following links below (and also on the Documents page for logged-in members).  If you have questions about joining, please contact the Membership Committee at membership@saltspringsailing.ca

Application Requirements

Applicants for Regular Membership or Associate Membership must be sponsored by two Regular Members of the Club who have held a Regular Membership for a period of at least three (3) years, and are currently in good standing. The two members must hold separate memberships (i.e. not two individuals from one household).

A completed application includes 1) the Application Form, 2) the Volunteer Commitment Form, 3) two Sponsor Forms, 4) payment of the Initiation Fee (with 5% GST added, e.g. $2100 for a Regular Membership) and, 5) if applying for Regular Membership, a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or other proof that your principal residence is on Salt Spring Island. Payment may be made by e-transfer to <treasurer@saltspringsailing.ca> or by cheque mailed to Treasurer, SISC, 152 Douglas Road Saltspring Island, BC V8K 2J2.

On receipt of your application, the membership committee will ensure that it is complete, post it for member review for 14 days, and contact you to arrange an interview. The last step is approval of applicants recommended by the membership committee at the next Board meeting.

Application documents may be scanned and emailed to membership@saltspringsailing.ca or mailed in hard copy, to Membership, Saltspring Island Sailing Club, 152 Douglas Rd, Saltspring Island, BC V8K 2J2

Any person wishing to foster the purpose of the Club is eligible for membership, subject to the following criteria, and the successful completion of the application process. There are four categories of membership, Regular, Associate, Junior and Honorary Life.  Honorary Life is given by the Board to a Member for appreciation of important services rendered to the Club. The other categories are as follows:

Regular Membership is limited to persons whose principal residence is on Salt Spring Island. A second person sharing the same residence, in a spousal relationship, may be named as sharing the same membership. Each Regular Membership, whether an individual or a couple, has a right to one vote and to hold one office in the Club at any one time. Regular Members have mooring privileges, subject to availability.

Associate Membership may be granted to applicants who wish to particpate in Club activities without having voting or mooring privileges. Associate Members may not hold office.

Junior Membership is open to youth from 7 to 18 years of age. A special Junior Membership Application form is available on the Club website on the Junior Program page.

Honorary Life Membership is given in appreciation of important services rendered to the Club. An Honorary Life Membership is only granted by election at an Annual General Meeting upon a vote of 75 per cent of Regular members present and entitled to vote. Such members are exempt from payment of dues and fees, excepting moorage and related charges, and retain all the rights of Regular Membership.

Applicants for Regular or Associate Membership need two Sponsors, who must have held a Regular Membership for a period of at least three (3) years, are currently in good standing, and have met Work Contribution expectations according to Club regulations.

Regular Membership Capacity

Regular Membership capacity is 200 Members. Should the Club reach that number a Wait List will be established, and from that point on, all further applicants will be required to apply as Associate Members and join the Wait List for Regular Membership. The requirements for Associate Membership are the same as for Regular Membership except that one is not required to have full-time residency on Saltspring until becoming a Regular Member. 

Privileges and Responsibilities of Members

The Club has racing, cruising, junior sail training and social programs, all of which provide an opportunity to meet a wide variety of very interesting people. The Club encourages active participation by all members rather than simply providing a convenient marina.  As a volunteer-run club our annual dues and moorage fees are kept low because most of the work is undertaken by members. There is an expectation that all Regular and Associate Members will contribute a minimum of 20 hours of their time each year, attend General Meetings, come out for the two annual Work Parties, and participate in one of the Committees. Regular Members should be prepared to serve on the Board or in some other appointed position. New Members are expected to serve on the Board or on a Committee 2 of the first 5 years of membership.  Junior Members are also expected to contribute volunteer time.

Prospective members should familiarize themselves with the Club Constitution, By-laws and Regulations and be prepared to meet their obligations as members and actively support the Club’s Purpose and Vision. Our Club website is a good starting point for learning more about Saltspring Island Sailing Club. Club Sponsors can provide additional background, documents and assistance to applicants to ensure they understand the privileges and responsibilities of membership.

Fees:  There are four types of fees that may be charged:

Initiation Fee is a one-time fee upon acceptance of a Regular or Associate Members’ application. Note that a special reduced Initiation Fee is available to help make Club membership affordable for younger families. Those joining as Associate Members who intend to become Regular Members need only pay the Associate Membership initiation up front, and then pay the balance upon being converted to Regular Membership.

  • Annual Dues are payable in advance on the first of each November (first of June for Juniors).
  • Moorage Fee is a one-time fee payable by those Regular Members who apply for moorage at the Club marina, upon assignment of a permanent slip.
  • Annual Moorage is payable in advance on the first of each November, based on length of boat or dock space for Regular Members with a slip assignment. Note that additional costs for optional dinghy storage and electrical power usage are assessed separately and are payable at the same time.
Membership Type Initiation Fee  Moorage Fee (upon assignment of a permanent slip) Annual Dues Annual Moorage
Regular Member (age 40 and up) $2,000 + 5% GST    Total $2,100 $2,000 + 5% GST    Total $2,100 $300 + 5% GST Total $315 $3.25 ft/mo + GST Total $3.41 ft/mo
Regular Member (all applicants under age 40) $1,000 + 5% GST Total $1,050 $2,000 + 5% GST Total $2,100 $300 + 5% GST Total $315 $3.25 ft/mo + GST Total $3.41 ft/mo
Associate Member $400 + 5% GST  Total $420  Not applicable $300 + 5% GST Total $315 Not applicable
Junior Member (Under age 19) $50 + 5% GST

Total $52.50 (see Junior appl form)

Not applicable $75 + 5% GST

Total $78.75

Not applicable
  • Fees shown are current as of November 1, 2018. Annual Dues will increase to $400 November 1, 2019 and then increase by the rate of inflation after that. Fees may be subject to change upon a vote by members at an Annual or Special General Meeting. Note that the current rate of GST is applicable on all items.

Application Requirements

Applicants for Regular Membership or Associate Membership must be sponsored by two Regular Members of the Club who have held a Regular Membership for a period of at least three (3) years, and are currently in good standing. A completed application includes the Application Form along with two Sponsor Forms, the Volunteer Commitment Form, a cheque for the Initiation Fee and, if applying for Regular Membership, a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or other proof that your principal residence is on Salt Spring Island.  On receipt, the Club Secretary will ensure that the application is complete, contact your Sponsors and forward a copy of the application to the Membership Officer, who will arrange for an interview to meet the applicant(s) and discuss the Club.  Your fee will be fully refunded if, for any reason, the application is refused or withdrawn. On completion of the interview the application is posted on the Club bulletin board for 14 days and finalized at the next Board meeting.  Please forward the completed application to:

Secretary, Saltspring Island Sailing Club, 152 Douglas Rd, Saltspring Island, BC V8K 2J2

The necessary forms are available through the following links:

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