1. I've paid for my membership on the website, am I all set?
Not just yet - but thank you for buying your membership! To complete the process, you absolutely must make sure you complete the membership form. This will give us the info to register you on the WSF membership portal.
2. I've bought my membership and completed the membership form but haven't had any confirmation?
Thank you! If you've completed the membership form and paid then you're all set. Shortly after, we'll register you on the WSF portal and you'll get an email from the WSF with your account details and membership number. Once a month (starting end of April) we'll send out welcome emails and welcome packs in the post.
3. When am I an official club member of the WSF?
Once we've reached the £500 required to purchase the club membership, we'll officially register with the WSF and you'll receive your membership pack from us with more information as well as a separate email from the WSF with your account details and membership number. This will likely be from April.
4. What do you mean I get insurance cover?
WSF Membership provides GWS members with Third Party Public Liability Insurance and covers you for free surfing anywhere in the world except USA and Canada up to £5 million pounds for the following disciplines: Shortboard, Longboard, Bodyboarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Adaptive. This includes surfing at the Wave, Bristol.
5. Why is the membership £15 not £10?
While we originally thought it would be £10, we calculated that after processing fees from the website / PayPal, we need a minimum of 35 members in order to reach the £500 WSF club fee. If we reach 50 members, then the idea is we'd have a small kitty of approx £200 to last 12 months to cover things like welcome packs & stickers, fuel, gas, teas / coffees / baked goods, name tags & signage at our monthly meets. However if we have 51 members, the price goes up to £650 to the WSF. So in reality, the £15 just covers membership fees to the WSF.
6. What do I get from becoming a member?
Great question! Visit this page or the membership form for a full list of membership perks. This includes insurance cover, early-bird access to events & merch and members-only discount codes. Most importantly, club membership allows us to solidify as an official entity so we can continue facilitating the growth of the women’s surf community in Wales, now and into the future.
7. Why do you want to be a registered club under the WSF?
As a registered club, this makes us eligible to apply for grant funding which would mean we would have the financial support to offer subsidised or free activities. We can't apply for this funding unless we register as a club, and we can't register as a club unless we have you on board as a member. The idea is that by buying a membership, you're also investing into the development of your community and enables us to better 'give back' to you - we're thinking kit, events, training opportunities and new toys like skateboards!
8. Do committee members have to pay too?
Yep! We've also bought our membership so we can be registered with our national governing body for surfing (the WSF) and get that sweet, sweet third party liability insurance too!
9. I can't afford the membership right now, what should I do?
Don't stress! If you have any issues with the fee or with paying, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our core values include affordability and accessibility and we would hate people to feel you have to 'pay to play'. As a registered club, this makes us eligible to apply for grant funding which would mean we would have the financial support to offer subsidised or free activities to those who need it.
We want to say a genuinely massive thank you to each and every one of you! This community has grow into something bigger and more beautiful than we could have ever imagined - we're humbled and inspired to keep building this along side you.