Constitution

Argonauts Dive Club Constitution

1. Name

The name of the club is the Argonauts Dive Club, Branch 0643 of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), hereafter referred to as the Club.

2. Aims

The Club’s aims are to:

  • To promote safe recreational diving.
  • To train new divers.
  • To socialise and go on diving trips.

3. Activities

To achieve our objectives the Club will carry out the following activities:

  • Recruit volunteers.
  • Buy diving equipment for training purposes
  • Rent premises for training purposes.
  • Receive contributions through an annual membership fee.
  • Organise trips.

4. Membership

Who can be a member?

Anyone over the age of 18 who meets the BSAC medical requirements and who wants to participate in club activities can apply to be a member of the Argonauts Dive Club. The Club is run on a voluntary basis, therefore all members are expected to play an active role.

Under 18’s

Under 18’s will only be accepted as full members under the conditions described above for adults and providing that either a parent or guardian is present for all club activities.

How much is our annual membership fee?

Club membership: https://argonautsdiveclub.org.uk/membership/
BSAC membership: http://www.bsac.com/page.asp?section=1160

What do members get for their membership fee?

  • Access to dive training by the club instructors.
  • Access to use of the Club’s pool and equipment.
  • The opportunity to come on our Club dive trips.
  • The opportunity to take part in club social activities

What do members need to do?

  • Pay both their Club and BSAC membership.
  • Diving members must commit to purchasing essential core kit (see list).
  • Support the aims and activities of the club – for example, assist in planning club trips and social events.
  • Dive safely and responsibly in accordance with their BSAC training and the ethos of the Club.

Who can dive with the club?

Anyone who is a current BSAC member, is suitably qualified, has the required core kit and dives safely and responsibly in accordance with their BSAC training and the ethos of the club. Non-club members will be offered remaining spaces on trips only after all suitably qualified club members have had an opportunity to take part.

Refusal or removal of membership

The Club Committee have the power to refuse, terminate or suspend membership if it is considered to be detrimental to the aims and activities of the Club. Any refund of membership fees will be at the discretion of the committee

5. Management

The Argonauts Dive Club is managed and run by a committee of 5-10 officers who are members elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Members are elected for a period of up to one year but may be re-elected at the AGM. The committee is responsible for managing all funds, equipment and property owned by the branch for the benefit of the members.

6. Officers

The Club Committee consists of the following officers:

  • Chairperson
  • Diving officer
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Other officers, the branch needs – such as training; membership; equipment etc – are appointed by the committee.

Details of current committee roles and responsibilities are detailed at https://argonautsdiveclub.org.uk/committee/

7. Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM will be held in March each year. The date and agenda will be circulated to all members four weeks before the meeting.
Members may be nominated for committee roles by notifying the club secretary two weeks before the AGM. One week before the AGM, the secretary will email all members of the club with a list of candidates and their proposed committee positions. The role of Diving Officer is limited to members with a minimum qualification level.

All members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Voting shall be made by a show of hands on a majority basis. In the case of a tied vote, the Chairperson or appointed deputy will make the final decision.

8. General meetings

The committee shall meet six times a year to plan activities, monitor progress and discuss future development of the Club.

All members shall be given at least 14 days notice of when a meeting is due to take place unless it’s urgent.

At least two thirds of the committee must be present in order for a meeting to take place.

The Chairperson will chair all meetings or appoint a designated deputy in their absence.

The minutes of all meetings will be circulated to all members within one week.

9. Finance

Any money acquired by the Club, including donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the Management Committee in the name of the Club. All funds must be applied to the aims of the Club and for no other purpose.

Bank accounts will be opened in the name of the Club. Any deeds, cheques etc relating to the Club’s bank account shall be signed by at least two of the following committee members: Chairperson; Treasurer; Secretary.

Any income/expenditure is the responsibility of the Treasurer who must ensure funds are utilised effectively and that the Club stays within budget. Official accounts will be maintained and presented annually at the AGM. The Club’s accounting year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

10. Alteration of the constitution

Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by majority vote at a special general meeting.

Amendments to this constitution or dissolution of the Club must be conveyed to the Secretary formally in writing. The Secretary and other officers will then decide on the date of a special general meeting to discuss such proposals, giving members at least four weeks (28 days) notice

11. Dissolution

The Club may be dissolved if deemed necessary by the members in a majority vote at a special general meeting. Any assets or remaining funds after debts have been paid will be returned to their providers or transferred to local charities or similar groups at the discretion of the Management Committee.

This constitution was adopted at a committee meeting held at 8pm on 20th January 2015. By:

Chairperson
Trevor Peacock
Treasurer
Chris MacNab
Secretary
Claire Bale
Member
James Gardner
Member
Akiko Miki

As a member of BSAC, the Argonauts Dive Club will be guided by BSAC policies and advice alongside the terms laid out in this Club Constitution.