Memberships

We’re Online!

We now process all membership applications and renewals online. You can fill out your application, complete your eWaiver, and pay for your membership electronically. This new system adds security and speed to the application/renewal process. Grouse Mountain memberships have unique application requirements, and cannot be processed through this new online system. For Grouse Mtn, please read more about it in the Membership Levels below.

Membership Levels

We welcome hang gliding and paragliding pilots of all levels, and from all over the world! As such, we’ve tried to create our membership levels to accommodate a variety of needs including regular members, student pilots, youth, visiting pilots, and site-specific sub memberships (like Grouse Mountain). Use the tabs below to find which membership level applies to you. In the event that there is a discrepancy between information on the website, and the membership levels and fees in the Society’s bylaws, the information presented in bylaws are the correct version. Also, note that the WCSC region is defined as the Lower Mainland + Sea to Sky + Pemberton.

Please note: No matter what kind of membership you choose, all pilots are required to fill out and submit an eWaiver.

Where membership fees go

There is a long laundry list of activities the Directors and volunteers do to benefit WCSC members. But specifically, here’s a shortlist of what we do as a club.

  • Work with landowners, all levels of government, and private organizations to secure access to launches and landing zones (including tenure applications)
  • Maintain launches, landing zones, and help keep access roads in questionnably decent shape
  • Provide reserve repack clinics and other training opportunities (like Wilderness First Aid Training)
  • Organize events, fly-ins, and competitions to keep us all social and connected
  • Connect pilots in our region with the larger Provincial, National and International free flight community
  • Provide the opportunity for mentorship of all levels of pilots

Regular Member

*Membership Fee:  $40 (annually)

Eligibility:  Available to all persons residing primarily in British Columbia.

Voting Rights: Yes

*Note: The normal membership fee is $80/yr, but it has been decided to keep this discounted rate (50%) for the 2021 season. This will be reevalutated by the board and membership at the 2021 AGM.

Youth

Membership Fee:  $25 (annually)

Eligibility:  Available to pilots 25 years old and younger (on the application date); and residing primarily in the WCSC region.

Voting Rights: Yes

Student Pilot

Membership Fee:  $10 (for the first year of training)

Eligibility:  For student pilots in their first year of training with an HPAC-certified instructor in good standing; and who resides primarily in British Columbia.

Voting Rights: Yes

Out-of-Town

Membership Fee:  $40 (annual)

Eligibility:  For pilots whose primary residence is outside of the WCSC region.

Voting Rights: Yes 

One Month

Membership Fee:  $20 (for 31 days)

Eligibility:  No special requirements.

Voting Rights: No

One Day

Membership Fee:  $10 (1 Day)

Eligibility:  No special requirements.

Voting Rights: No

Grouse - Full Member

*Membership Fee:  $20 (annual)

This membership level provides access specifically to Grouse Mountain, a restricted site. It does not provide access to any other WCSC site (for that, pilots need to also purchase one of the WCSC options above). For more information, please visit the Grouse Mountain Flying Team website.

Eligibility: Applicant must satisfy all of the following:

  • Has been flying incident-free as a Grouse Guest member for at least a year,
  • Be a current HPAC member, covered by HPAC liability insurance,
  • Holds a P4 or H4 or higher HPAC rating, or a foriegn equivalent as determined by HPAC.

Voting Member of WCSC:  Yes

* Grouse Mountain flying privileges are unique in that this advanced site is restricted. As such, you cannot apply for this level of membership through our regular system. Please Apply Here instead.

Grouse - Guest Member

*Membership Fee:  $20 (annual)

This membership level provides access specifically to Grouse Mountain, a restricted site. It does not provide access to any other WCSC site (for that, pilots need to also purchase one of the WCSC options above). For more information, please visit the Grouse Mountain Flying Team website.

Conditions:  Guest members may only fly at Grouse under the direct supervision of another Grouse Full member.

Eligibility: Applicant must satisfy all of the following:

  • Two current Grouse Full members need to recommend the applicant for membership,
  • Be a current HPAC member, covered by HPAC liability insurance,
  • Holds a P3 or H3 or higher HPAC rating, or a foriegn equivalent as determined by HPAC.

Voting Member of WCSC:  No

* Grouse Mountain flying privileges are unique in that this advanced site is restricted. As such, you cannot apply for this level of membership through our regular system. Please Apply Here instead.

Current Members

Check our Membership List below. And feel free to contact us there are any problems.

Contact us

If you have any questions about membership, please contact contact our membership director.

Applying for Membership & Renewals

Our online application process is slightly different for new members applying for the first time, and current members simply looking to renew. They’re both described below.

Keep in mind that there is a different application process for Grouse Mountain Memberships. To learn more and apply, visit the Grouse Mtn Flying Team’s website.

Please Note: For payment security, we use PayPal. However, you don’t need to have a PayPal account. You can use most major credit cards.

New Members 

First, you will be prompted to create an eWaiver. Once completed and submitted, you will be sent an email verification.

Verify your email and follow the instructions to complete the rest of the application.

If you have any questions or problems please contact webmaster@westcoastsoaringclub.com

Existing Members

When you login, if we don’t already have an eWaiver on file for you, you will be prompted to fill one out. You won’t have to do this on future renewals.

If you need to renew, you will see a PayPal button prompting you to do so.

If you forgot you password use this link: RESET PASSWORD

If you have any questions or problems, please contact webmaster@westcoastsoaringclub.com

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Our mission is to create safe places for free flight pilots to launch and land. To encourage education, training and community support to nurture novice pilots into master pilots. To develop sustainable environmental improvements in the communities where we live, work and play. We believe passionately in travel, good food, great friends, long talks, broadened horizons and the spirit of adventure.