Questions

How much does it cost to join Cavaliers in 2016?

Seniors 21 years and over – $370
Junior 20 years and under – $300
Junior 12 years and under – $270

Note: The above fees are Cavaliers membership fees only and you must pay the compulsory State Affiliation fee to Fencing WA.  Please provide Cavaliers registrar with proof of payment of the  State Affiliation fee.  If you want to compete at National level you must also pay the Capitation fee.
To make the payment please visit Fencing WA

Other Cavaliers Fees 2016

Beginners Course – $100 + online booking fees (0.3 cent transaction free to Try Booking)
Bladez Try-Out Fee – $20 for two lessons
Equipment for use at club training – see membership form
Equipment hire for competition – see a committee member
All of the above fees are non refundable

Do you provide family discounts on membership fees?

You may discuss a family discount option with our Registrar but any discount is at the discretion of the committee

How do I know if fencing is for me?

If you are over 13 years old or over then you can attend a 7 week beginners course to see whether fencing is for you.  Details on beginners courses and bookings can be found here.  Please refer above for the cost of the course.

I am under 13 and want to try out fencing.

If you are under 13 then we have Bladez try out sessions which run during the Bladez group session on Saturdays. Refer above for the cost of 2 session tryout. Please contact our Secretary secretary@cavaliers.com.au to find out more.

Can I purchase gift certificates for fencing at Cavaliers?

Yes you can purchase gift certificates for beginners courses only and they are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.  Please email our secretary at secretary@cavaliers.com.au for more details.

Do you have equipment that can be borrowed until I get my own?

Yes, Cavaliers is very lucky to have a range of jackets, plastrons, masks, gloves, body wires, lame’s and weapons that can be borrowed during the fencing sessions only. Equipment must be returned to the cabinets after each session.  In order to maintain the equipment and replace any of it that gets broken we do charge an equipment borrowing fee.

How much does it cost to borrow equipment?

Please see the registration form for more details on borrowing equipment fee during the training sessions.  If you want to borrow equipment for competitions there is an extra fee, and you will need to see a committee member about these costs.

When can I join?

There are a number of Beginners’ Courses held during the year. The Beginners’ Course lasts 7 weeks, during which you will learn all the basics of fencing. Once you have finished the Beginners’ Course, you can join the club and increase your level of fencing.

What are the session times?

Regular fencing commences 28/1/2017

Wednesday

6.30 – 9.30 pm   Club Session
7.30 – 9.30 pm   Beginners (13yrs+) (Only when a course is being run)

Thursday

6.00 – 8.30 pm   Bouting only

Saturday

1.00 – 2.30 pm   Bladez (under 13yrs)
1.00 – 2.30 pm   Development/Competition Squad (Club Members only)
2.00 – 4.30 pm   Club session
2.30 – 4.30 pm   Beginners (13yrs+) (Only when a course is being run)

From January 28 through to December

Where is the venue?

Edith Cowan University
Mt Lawley Sport and Fitness Centre (Building 21)
Cnr Learoyd and Woodsome St, Mount Lawley
Western Australia

ECU Mount Lawley Campus Map

The venue boasts a non-slip high-tech floor surface, excellent lighting, a fitness centre, change room facilities and an undercover car park. If you want to find out more about what is offered by the Mt Lawley Sport and Fitness Centre, visit http://www.ecu.edu.au/fas/sport/

The fitness centre’s normal closing time on the weekend is 2pm. The front doors will close at this time. By special arrangement, fencers have access to the sports hall via the lift in the undercover car park.

What is the age range of your members?

Our members range in age from around 9 to 80+. There is no problem at all taking up fencing later in life. We have a special “Bladez” group of very young fencers (9 to 12 years old) that runs from 1.00 to 2.00pm, before the main session on Saturday.

What level of coaching can I expect?

All Beginner Courses, Footwork Training and Weapon Specific Skills Groups are conducted by our volunteer club coaches who are Level 1 Australian Accredited and who all have experience competing at a National level.  Cavaliers also has a number of enthusiastic volunteer junior coaches to assist in club coaching, who aim to become accredited shortly.

Is it possible to become a coach myself?

It certainly is. Generally, once you have about two or three years of fencing experience you should be able to pass the Australian Level one course.

What is there in the way of competitions in WA?

Usually there are a great deal of state competitions in a year. These cover men’s and women’s, juniors, novice, open, veterans, teams and invitation tournaments for all 3 weapons.

What should I wear?

You need to wear long pants and sports shoes, all fencing specific equipment is available for hire.

Please Note: For safety reasons shorts or pants above the knees and jeans are not acceptable for fencing.  If you are wearing either you may be excluded from the fencing session

Can I get private lessons?

A number of coaches in WA take private lessons, however the availability of these coaches and cost of lessons are determined by the coaches themselves. If you are interested in private lessons Cavaliers can provide you with a list of names to contact but can not guarantee any availability.

How big is fencing in WA?

Fencing is growing fast in Western Australia. WA fencers are present at most national tournaments, with our juniors playing a prominent role. Cavaliers has several of its junior fencers amongst the top fencers of Australia, some of whom fence internationally. Western Australia is now the third largest fencing state in Australia.

Can I fence and socialise if I don’t particularly wish to compete?

Yes. Although most fencers enter competitions, you are welcome to come along to learn to fence and meet friends. We start and finish the season with a BBQ for old and new members as well as a number of other fencing and non-fencing social events throughout the year.

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