We are proud of having members of all skill levels in the club. For beginners we have introductory courses and all members can join the daily skipper led sailings absolutely free of charge. Experienced sailors can go through skipper training and become skippers themselves, thus being able host club sailings for members and also use boats outside of the sailing schedule. Read more about becoming a skipper further down on the page.

Joining the club

BSI Seiling holds introduction courses to sailing for new members twice a year, once in the autumn and once in the spring semester. This course is included in the membership fee and is mandatory new members. (Experienced sailors does not have to do the course, thus being able to join at any time of the year)

The course is an unique opportunity for getting an introduction to sailing. it will give a thorough introduction in sailing and consists of a two-hour theoretical part and one to two a practical sailing sessions on the city fjord. The sessions will take place in the two-three weeks following the theoretical course. There, you will learn about how to prepare the boat for sailing, what the functions of all the different ropes are, and how to manoeuvre at sea. Each sailing will consist of an experienced skipper and up to five beginners acting as the boat’s crew.

The beginner course will not make you a fully learned sailor (if that even is a thing?), but it gives you understanding and knowledge enough to participate in our club sailings safely. 

Club sailings are posted on the Sailings Calendar in the beginning of each month (each week or more spontaneously during the summer).

Experienced sailors who would like to become skippers

Skippers are essential to be able to run the club as a non profit with low membership fees and we are always in need for more.

If you’re experienced, responsible and willing to explain and teach sailing to others, you are the person we are looking for. You need to sign up as a regular member first, and need to be staying in Bergen for at least one year.

Opportunities and duties as a skipper:
As a skipper we will put you on our sailing schedule 1-2 times per month. During the bi-annual beginners course, you are expected to participate as an instructor. In return, you can book our boats anytime for short sails, day trips or longer trips as long as your crew consists of BSI Seiling members. The skippers can also apply to the board to take boats on private sailings. The club might also fund the Norwegian boat licence (Båtførerprøven) for active skippers.

How to become a skipper:
To become a skipper you need first to be a regular member and sail on our boats to be familiar with them. Then you can contact Emmanuel, the skipper manager to organise a check out. During the check out, an experienced skipper will go through the boat and sail together with you to see how qualified you are. At the end you’ll get feedback on what to improve to be a skipper. You can already have a look at the checkout list.

General requirements and responsibilities:
As a BSI Skipper, you carry the full responsibility for the safety of our boats and crew.
In order take care of safety and ensure that sailing is enjoyable for our members, we set certain standards for your skippers.
A BSI Seiling skipper needs to be able to:
Know sailing and boat handling basics well.
Dock/un-dock under both engine and sail.
Lead a crew that know absolutely nothing about sailing.
Consider which weather conditions you and the boat can handle with the crew that is at hand.
Respond adequately to any situation arising when and where you choose to sail.
Therefore it is important that you know the boat, yourself, the conditions that can arise in the area where you sail, what to do if problems arise and that you are able to communicate well with the crew and run the boat by use of the crew.

Become a member

Membership prices
Students Full year from August – July: 1050kr
Non-students & PhD studentsFull year from August – July: 1400kr
(Active) SkippersFull year August – July: 600kr
Board MembersFull year August – July: 350kr
Maintenance work compensation*300kr
*Contribute with at least 8 hours of maintenance work (registered by maintenance responsible): Get a 300 kr refund at the end of the year!

The membership fee is non-refundable, and in joining you acknowledge the risk that sailings may be limited or suspended by local regulations due to Covid-19.

By signing up, you consent to our club rules.

Club rules
  • BSI Seiling is a student organization that also welcomes non-students.
  • All members must follow instructions given by the skipper at all times, both on land and on the boat.
  • All members are responsible for not putting themselves or other peoples in danger while they are sailing.
  • All members must meet on time for the sailing sessions they have signed up for. If a member is running late or no longer can participate on a sailing session, the member is responsible for contacting the skipper as soon as possible.
  • All members have to behave in a way that is not agressive or offensive to the other members of the club.
  • All members must follow the harbour rules. All members must avoid to behave in a way that can affect BSI Seilings reputation and good relationship to the harbour.
  • By being a member you give the right to the club to publish your full name and phone number in the sailing plan

If a member repeatedly or seriously misbehaves according to our club rules, the board of BSI Seiling has a right to withdraw his/hers membership (by voting).

Any questions? Send us an e-mail at seiling@bsi.no or a Facebook message!