Dear reader,

Summer 2018 is now but a memory, 2019 is  upon us and with it thoughts increasingly turn towards getting afloat.

The club has been incredibly successful over the last three seasons and currently we are operating at very near full capacity. The 1 April signifies the commencement of our new season, but there really is no benefit in delaying an application. Leisure time is valuable and to avoid disappointment, plan ahead, come down and meet us, take a look around and join us now. Be prepared and good to go, rather than miss opportunities because you are still thinking about it as the new season gets underway.

If you wish to learn and see more,  we respond promptly to email enquiries, but a call to my co-member and former commodore Alan Taylor on 07808 127466 is much quicker and he is available and happy to be contacted throughout the day and early evening to chat, answer your questions and provide advice. 

Our current fees and subscriptions are shown at the foot of this page.  Application to join us may be made at any time and subscriptions for election to membership between 1 of September and 31 of March are charged pro rata.

Phil Wortley
Commodore

 

Why Join Our Club?

If you pursue marine based water-sport in the North West then its likely membership would make your days afloat so much easier. Our beach-front facilities afford members convenience, an unhurried environment in which to prepare and all facilities for comfort upon return to shore. We are not open to the public and we do not offer day launches, but we do offer a choice of  annual membership packages for very little money indeed when compared to mounting day or seasonal charges made by commercially run facilities and local authorities. 

If you are a kiter or kayaker you can choose to operate out of the back of a vehicle, but you may face parking difficulties and or charges and you may have doubts over the security of your vehicle and its contents when out of sight. There’s also the cleaning down of your kit and showering off afterwards to consider…. Membership of the BLCC includes secure beach front parking and full facilities. 

If you own a trailed craft the key to a great day afloat is an uneventful tow and successful launch and recovery…. There are free slipways, but many are local authority or privately controlled and that can mean access and or parking restrictions and charges. If the slip is tidal you may also need a foreshore permit to access the beach and if you have not got a four wheel drive, you may require a tractor to launch and retrieve. There is also the question of where to safely and legally park your vehicle and trailer whilst out on the water. Membership of the BLCC provides solutions to all these potential difficulties and from a safety perspective, it makes sense to be afloat in the company of other craft whenever possible.

If you are a diver looking for an active club or you are thinking of learning to dive then look no further. Our associates, the West Lanc’s Sub Aqua Club are a registered British Sub Aqua Club. They are not to be confused with a for profit training provider and as a diver, membership is not conditional upon signing up for further costly training. The club has five qualified BSAC instructor members and internationally recognised BSAC training and progression is available. Crucially if you join as trainee, the club’s commitment to you as a new diver does not end when the training course has been successfully delivered! 

Unless joining as a dive associate, in your first season with us there is a single one-off entrance fee of £50, irrespective of applying for single, joint or reduced rate membership, plus the appropriate subscription as shown below. A personal set of keys adds £7.50 and if you are a trailed craft owner a pair of craft identification numbers will cost a further £5.00.

In subsequent years membership renewal is based on the annual subscription alone. That’s it, THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES, but a host of benefits and a full year’s unrestricted access to club facilities.

Facilities and Benefits

Members enjoy the following facilities and benefits;

  • A choice of low-cost membership packages.
  • Access to the club’s facilities and a sandy beach popular with families 365 days a year.
  • A secure day parking compound for vehicles, trailers and craft.
  • Tractors to self-launch and recover craft.
  • Limited permanent storage facilities for dinghies and craft not carrying an outboard.
  • The slipway onto the beach right outside the clubhouse.
  • An outside water tap, tubs and jet-wash to wash down craft, kit and trailers and flush engines.
  • Male and female changing rooms with hot showers.
  • A relaxing lounge area.
  • A private members bar.
  • A fully equipped kitchen.
  • Superfast fibre WiFi 
  • BBQ facilities (on the balcony).
  • Waterborne and clubhouse based social events.
  • Guest introductions.
  • Like minded members and the opportunity to make new friends.
  • A hard working and helpful committee.
  • On a sunny day a view from the balcony to die for!

How do I apply to become a member?

Election to our membership takes a couple of weeks, but the required posting process can be expedited if you are serious in your wish to join us.

  1. Start the process, chat with us, by phone is fine initially.
  2. Register your intent to apply to join us by supplying all applicants’ names and a postal address. 
  3. Your details will be posted in the clubhouse and on this web-page and the required 14 day posting starts counting down.
  4.  Arrange to come down to meet us on a Tuesday club evening or if not local at the weekend.
  5. Complete an application form.
  6. On expiry of your posting  an offer of membership or otherwise will be made.
  7. Present your driving license as proof of your identity and address.

Applications Currently Posted

 Anglers, Paul & Kathleen England 

  With Cadets Hope and Chantelle 

 St Annes on Sea

Posted until 3 January 2019 

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Jet Skiers,  James Bigwood &  Jemma Stevens

With Cadets Ellis and Lyla

Bispham

Posted until 11 January 2019

 

 

The one-off Entrance Fee and Subscription rates are to increase from 1 April 2019. 
Join us before this season closes on 31 March at the current entrance fee rate, save £’s and avoid April and May’s waiting list. 

Current Entrance Fee and Subscription Rates for the 2018/19 season ending 31 March 2019

Entrance Fee

£50

A single one-off charge in the first season

Single Subscription

£96

As the title suggests, an individual adult membership

Joint Family Subscription

£136

Spouses, partners with up to 4 children aged under 18 years

Reduced Rate Subscription

£67

Social or crew with limited watersport opportunity