Membership

Why do we need to be a member?

As the sport of dragon boating is relatively new to Ireland it is essential that it develops and grows in a safe and inclusive way. The IDBA is aiming to achieve the highest standards and facilities for dragon boating in this country and are working to ensure that this will happen with the support of all those involved in the sport.

What is the membership used for?

  • General running of the IDBA.
  • Providing information and advice on dragon boating.
  • Providing and managing a development programme for the sport, including provision of equipment.
  • Assisting with individual and club development.
  • Organisation of dragon boat regattas.
  • Promotion of the sport through various forms of media.
  • Providing a comprehensive website www.dragonboat.ie
  • Development and publication of a range of literature e.g. Water Safety Policy.
  • Development and management of the Coaching and Officiating Awards Scheme to encourage safe practise in the sport.
  • Representation of the IDBA with national, government and international organisations e.g. Waterways Ireland, Irish Sports Council, European Dragon Boat Federation, International Dragon Boat Federation.

Fees for all classes of membership are set by the IDBA Executive Committee and are renewable on the 1st January each year. The 2017 fees are as follows.

Membership Classes

Individual Membership €30/year Click Here to download form
Junior Individual Membership €20/year Click Here to download form
Club Membership €200/year Click Here to download form
Junior Club Membership €135/year Click Here to download form
Associate Membership €200/year Click Here to download form

 

Individual Membership

An Individual Member is anyone over the age of 18 on 1st June.

  • They have the right to attend and vote at IDBA General Meetings.
  • They have the right to compete internationally in an IDBA Registered Crew or any composite crew sanctioned by the IDBA Executive Committee.
  • They benefit from Public Liability Insurance cover provided by the IDBA whilst carrying out dragon boat activities under the proviso of the IDBA.

To validate an IDBA/IDBF Coaching or Officials Qualification individuals must be an Individual Member.

To compete for Ireland in an international competition individuals must be an Individual Member.

Junior Individual Membership

A Junior Individual Member is anyone under the age of 18 on 1st June. A Junior Member has all the same benefits and requirements as the Adult Individual Member, but they do not have the right to vote at IDBA General Meetings.

Club Membership / Crew Membership

A Registered Crew is defined as a crew whose majority of members are over the age of 18 on 1st June.

A Junior Registered Crew is defined as a crew whose competitors (with the exception of the helm) are under the age of 18 on 1st June.

  • They have the right to attend and vote at IDBA General Meetings.
  • They have the right to represent the IDBA in international competitions.
  • They qualify for discounted race entry fees at IDBA organised events.

Constitutionally, the Registered Crews are the main body of the Association and only such crews can change the IDBA Constitution.

A Club may register more than one crew if they have enough members to crew a second boat at events, as it is in the financial interests of the club as they will qualify for discounted entry fees plus they will have more voting rights at General Meetings because of the increased number of Club Representatives.

Associate Membership

An Associate Member is defined as an Organisation, Sports or Activity Centre or a Community based project which is actively engaged in dragon boating and supports the aims and objectives of the IDBA.

Associate Members are entitled to most of the benefits of membership and have the same voting rights as Individual Members.

The Associate Membership has been introduced for those organisations / centres that carry out dragon boat activities and wish to benefit from being accredited by the National Governing Body. The IDBA will help promote the organisation / centre which should lead to further work opportunities.