To sail on Sea Essay you will need to be a member of the CSSC (see How to Join CSSC) or pay a Day Membership fee  (see charges).

Once you are a member of CSSC you can then  join the CSSA for free and indicate which divisions you wish to join.  This will entitle you to receive a copy of Civil Service Sailing magazine, subscribe to the crew bureau or enroll for the various courses and other events that are publicised by email and on this and other CSSA related websites.  The contact details  you provide will  be passed to the CSSA divisions that you indicated interest in joining.

CSD will deem you to be a member if you have sailed on Sea Essay within the last 3 years.


Membership of CSSC is open to employees of the Civil Service, BT and the Post Office and now includes the staff of over one hundred other bodies such as English Heritage and the Research Councils, members of HM armed forces, the police, local authorities and National Health employees.

  • Full Membership is also open to former members of CSSC who have left government service, or those who have retired and are receiving a pension from an eligible organisation.
  • If you don’t qualify for membership in your own right you may be able to join as a Linked Member of CSSC. Linked members are sponsored by an existing member of CSSC.

If in doubt about your eligibility, please contact the CSSC Membership Department on 01494 888444.

Membership Subscriptions

For 2018 CSSC Membership and Linked Membership (see below) is £3.80 per month (£45.60 per annum) for those still in employment, or £3.42 per month (£41.00 per annum) for qualifying members on pension or linked members over 65 years of age.

Note.  There is no charge for membership of the CSSA

Membership forms for joining CSSC and CSSA

To join CSSC – Either download the application form  from or join over the telephone during office hours by calling the membership department on 01494 888444.

To join CSSA – Download and complete the form at When completed please send these forms to:

Ken Pavitt
CSSA Membership Secretary
55 Maes Gerddi
LL49 9LE

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