Fees, subscriptions and donations
How to pay
If you want to pay for a voyage, make a donation to OYT South, or pay a membership donation or mate’s sailing donation, you can do it using one of our email invoices, or online, or by post, or by bank transfer – contact the office for bank details. Annual membership and sailing donations can also be paid by standing order (pdf).
Thank you very much for your support!
If you have received an email invoice from us, you can just click the “pay now” button. If you only pay a deposit as the first stage, you can return to the same email invoice later and it will tell you how much you still owe, so you can keep using the same button until you are fully paid-up – it will always tell you what you owe and by when. If you’d like an email invoice for a voyage payment and haven’t got one, you can request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on one of the buttons below to pay online using PayPal’s secure service. You can either use your own PayPal account if you have one, or you can use a credit card.
1) Pay for a voyage
Please DO NOT pay for a voyage online until you have checked that there is a suitable space available on your chosen voyage (contact the office).
2) Annual membership donation (non-sailing)
You can be a member of OYT South for just £36, which allows you to attend all OYT South events, including local support groups; the Annual Dinner; the AGM; training days; and other social events. You will also receive regular information about our work, and your membership fee will help us to continue our work, including making our voyages available to disadvantaged and deserving young people who would not otherwise be able to sail. Membership lasts for one calendar year.
Youth members (aged under 25) should pay a reduced membership donation of £18 instead of £36:
3) Annual membership + mate’s sailing donation
OYT South’s volunteer sea staff pay the basic £36 membership or £18 youth membership (see above), plus an annual sailing fee.
This sailing donation allows you to sail as often as you can – there is no further charge for any voyages on which you sail as a member of sea staff with young people on board. The sailing donation is set at £100 recommended rate (£136 / £118 with membership donation) and £70 minimum rate (£106 / £88 with membership donation).
It is up to sailing members to decide whether to pay the recommended or minimum rate. OYT South would urge sailing members to pay the recommended rate if at all possible, as this makes a real contribution towards our work with deserving and disadvantaged young people; but the option of paying the minimum rate (or something in between) is there to help people for whom the recommended rate would be a financial struggle. Apart from this, our policy states:
“OYT South seeks to encourage suitable individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to train, qualify and sail as volunteer sea staff. No-one should be excluded on grounds of cost.”
Any individual who would be deterred or prevented from sailing by the cost of even the minimum sailing donation (£70) can apply to the Trust for their sailing donation to be covered in full or in part by bursary funding. It should be possible for any member of sea staff recommended by the staff skipper to have their minimum sailing donation covered if they genuinely cannot afford it.
If you book on an adult training voyage, your sailing donation for that year can be taken out of the voyage fee – you don’t have to pay twice.
4) Make a donation
Please send a cheque made payable to “Ocean Youth Trust South” to: Ocean Youth Trust South, 8 North Meadow,
If you are a taxpayer, you can use Gift Aid when making a donation to OYT South. This allows us to claim back the tax you have paid, making your gift worth much more to us without costing you a penny extra. Just print out the Gift Aid form, fill it in and return it.
You can also use the Gift Aid form to make regular donations.
Notes on OYT South membership and sailing donations
a) Anyone paying for a mate’s training or familiarisation voyage can have their membership and sailing donation taken out of the voyage fee. This should attract new members but also encourage existing sea staff to undertake training voyages. NEW members who do training voyages in September and do not have the opportunity for further voyages that season (because of limited availability for assessment berths) will be regarded as paid-up members until the end of the following calendar year.
b) Crew members aged 12-25 will be regarded as paid-up members in the calendar year in which they sail.
c) Paid sea staff will be regarded as paid-up members in the year in which they sail. Unpaid relief skippers may also be regarded as paid-up members, although they will not be discouraged from paying if they choose!
d) Volunteer first mates are expected to pay membership and sailing donations, subject to concessions (below).
e) Membership donation – concessions: youth members (aged under 25) should pay a reduced membership donation of £18 instead of £36.
f) Sailing donation – concessions: OYT South policy states: “OYT South seeks to encourage suitable individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to train, qualify and sail as volunteer sea staff. No-one should be excluded on grounds of cost.”
Any individual who would be deterred or prevented from sailing by the cost of even the minimum sailing donation (£70) can apply to the Trust for their sailing donation to be covered in full or in part by bursary funding. It should be possible for any member of sea staff recommended by the staff skipper to have their minimum sailing donation covered if they cannot afford it. No-one should be deterred from applying and there will not be a complex approval procedure.
g) Sea staff aged over 65 or with known medical conditions are already expected to have an ENG1 medical, which costs over £100 every two years (prices can vary). If required, OYT South can deduct this cost from the sailing donation.
h) All taxpayers should complete a Gift Aid form regardless of how you pay, as the Government will give OYT South 23p for every £ you donate. A Gift Aid form can be downloaded here.