DCA welcomes membership of all who are interested in caving in the region.
There are three categories of DCA membership: Individual, Club and Associate. All types of membership receive Minutes of meetings and are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting and open Council Meetings, which take place 3 time a year.
All members receive Information Circulars, the DCA Newsletter and will also receive a free copy of the DCA Handbook: “The Peak District Access and Rigging Guide” when it is published in 2010. Clubs and Individual Members may also be eligible to receive a grant from the DCA Cave Discovery Fund.
If you are interested in joining, download the appropriate form below, complete it and send it to the DCA Secretary.
- Hon. Secretary
- Derbyshire Caving Association
- 3 Greenway, Hulland Ward
- Ashbourne. DE6 3FE
Once your form is in the Secretary’s hands you will automatically be put on the circulation list, pending formal approval of your application at the next DCA meeting.
Basically, DCA Individual Member subscription is £10 per year (reduced to £7 for BCA Direct Individual Members) and there is an entry fee of £2 in addition. Individual Members have a vote at meetings. If you apply to become an Individual Member your cheque for subscription and entry fee must accompany your form. Your name would be put on the circulation list but your cheque would not be cashed until the next Council Meeting formally accepts you as a member.
Note that DCA itself does NOT provide PL insurance, this is available through BCA and to obtain insurance you must be either a BCA Direct Individual Member or a member of a BCA Member club. Either way, PL insurance for cavers is currently (2010) £17 and £6 for non-cavers.
DCA Member Clubs must first be Club Members of BCA, then membership of DCA is open to any BCA Member Club interested in caving in the region and there is nothing to pay DCA itself. (This is because BCA now funds DCA's administration, conservation & access and training expenses.) Member Clubs may be represented and have a vote at meetings.
DCA Associate Membership is open to non-club groups (e.g. outdoor centres) who must first be Associate Members of BCA. It is then open to any Associate Member Group of BCA interested in caving in the region to apply for Associate Membership of DCA and there is nothing to pay DCA itself. (This is because BCA now funds DCA's administration, conservation & access and training expenses.) Associate Members receive the same benefits as clubs but have no vote at meetings, although representatives are welcome to attend.