Application for membership - Health & Safety Form
To apply for membership of VI-SA-GB the Visually Impaired Sailing Association of Great Britain, please complete the form below: - an asterix(*) denotes a required field.
*Signature: (Your printed name signifies your acceptance of our conditions of membership)If you click the "Submit application form" button, your application for membership will be sent to vi-sa-gb.org.uk
Membership Terms & Conditions
Applications for membership do not hold firm until a completed and signed application form together with the full membership subscription fee has been received by VI-SA-GB (hereinafter referred to as “the association”). “The association” reserves the right to decline applications for membership without explanation.
Memberships that are not renewed with the appropriate subscription fee being paid to the association within 6 months of the membership renewal date will forefit the right to continue as members and the subsequent rights to vote as detailed in the associations articles.
Members (hereinafter referred to as “you”) must be 18 years at the date of application for membership
Deposits for association events
As specified in the relevant association event details are accepted with full payment due 4 weeks prior to the association event commencement date (hereinafter referred to as “the commencement date”). If you fail to pay the balance 4 weeks prior to the commencement date the association reserves the right to treat your booking as cancelled. The full association event fee is required for any booking made within 6 weeks of the commencement date.
Alterations & Cancellations by you
If you cancel or change the association event date, for whatever reason, you must do so by e-mail and the following charges will apply:-
- More than 4 weeks prior to the commencement date: No additional charge. Deposit not refunded.
- Less than 4 weeks prior to the commencement date: 100% Charge on full association event fee.
Alterations & Cancellations by the association
Whilst every attempt will be made to ensure that the association events actually run, the association reserves the right to vary or cancel any association events should this become necessary, i.e. due to dangerous or unsuitable conditions, inclement weather, or where advice from the Coast Guard agency is not to set out to sea in a particular area. In the most unlikely event of cancellation by the association, an alternative association event date will be offered or monies will be refunded in full.
You are strongly recommended to take out your own travel and appropriate sports insurance adequate for your needs and with suitable cover for your participation in association events. This is; in particular, needed for medical cover when travel to the Channel Islands is likely.
For association events a general standard of fitness is recommended. If you have a medical condition, you are strongly advised to seek your doctor’s advice. Information given to VI-SA-GB will be strictly confidential. The association can not be held responsible for any illness or injury caused as a result of an ongoing medical condition and/or poor standard of health & fitness. Should the VI-SA-GB's skipper consider you to be unfit for the association event you will not be admitted on to the association event.
The association operates a Risk Assessment procedure as set out by the Health & Safety Executive guidelines. The information provided by you in your application for membership form is an integral part of this process and the association can not be held responsible for any illness or injury brought about or exacerbated by non-disclosure or embellishment of an existing medical condition, a non disclosed disability, allergy, illness or injury.
Codes of Conduct
- Smoking - The association complies with legislation and practises a no smoking policy on all yachts, property belonging to the association and or vehicles on association business. All volunteers will ensure that the no smoking policy is observed at all times.
- Alcohol free boats - The association observes the standing orders of sail training schools and practises a policy of an alcohol free yacht at all times from the start of an event through to its completion
- Punctuality: You must make adequate travel arrangements to arrive at the rendezvous point in time for the start of the association event, as stated in the event itinerary.
- Behaviour: The association will not allow the behaviour of any one member to jeopardise the safety or enjoyment of other members or the associations volunteers and if you are found to be doing so, you will leave the association event .
You must comply with the safety regulations and instructions of the associations volunteers. Should a skipper or crew member find that you are jeopardising the safety of yourself or others, then you will leave the associations event and you will not be entitled to a refund. Should you fail to adhere to any mandatory standing orders and/or safety instructions issued by the associations volunteers, the association can not be held responsible for any resulting illness or injury.
You are responsible for the associations equipment, issued to you during the association event, and will be liable for loss or breakage. All equipment must be handed back in the same condition as it was given to you.
You are responsible for your personal belongings and equipment. The association can not be held responsible for any loss or damage to your personal belongings caused as a result of your own negligence or theft by another party.
You must respect the environment being utilised throughout the association event. The association will not be responsible for any damage or destruction caused to the sea, foreshore, or pontoons and harbours or wild-life therein due to your neglect or actions. If you are found to have caused, or are behaving in a manner likely to cause, such damage or destruction, you will leave the association event without refund and may also be liable for compensation to be paid to the owner of such land or property.
The Visually Impaired Sailing Association of Great Britain receives no statutory funding and is entirely dependent on donations, gifts, and contributions from companies, trusts and private individuals.
If you are planning to hold any kind of fundraising activity to raise money and/or awareness for The Visually Impaired Sailing Association of Great Britain please tell us about it and we’ll post it on our events calendar. e-mail ... the basic details plus the relevant contact information and we’ll post it on our site within 48 hours.