Membership Categories


Platinum Members

Persons who are Organiser Members of IFBSO, who are fully compliant with the IFBSO’s Code of Excellence and whose shows are subject to a full external audit.


Gold Members

Persons who are Organiser Members of IFBSO, who are fully compliant with the IFBSO’s Code of Excellence but whose shows are not audited externally.


Silver Members 

Persons who are Organiser Members of IFBSO, who are compliant with a basic minimum standard as defined by the IFBSO’s Executive Committee but whose shows are not externally audited.


Candidate Members

Persons who are Organiser Members of IFBSO, who aspire to being compliant with at least the basic minimum standard as defined by the IFBSO’s Executive Committee and who shall be mentored by a Platinum Member for a period of three years and/or three editions of the show to be enrolled as Show Member before being able to be confirmed into one of the higher classifications of membership. Candidate Members shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings of the Association and cannot stand for a position on the Executive Committee.


Associate Members

Persons who whilst not engaged directly in the business of organising shows or events are engaged in a business or trade associated with the recreational marine trade industry which shall appear to the Executive Committee as sufficient to constitute eligibility for membership within this class. Associate Members shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings of the Association.


Honorary Members

Persons (other than corporate bodies) as the Executive Committee shall elect to this class of membership. Honorary members shall be elected for life and are not subject to paying a membership fee. Honorary Members shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings of the Association.


Membership fees for the different categories will be advised on during the application process.