If you know someone who is a Freemason, just ask him! He can answer most of your questions and provide information on costs, etc.
You will have to fill in an application form, of course, helped by your proposer and seconder, and (in the case of Nautical Services Lodge) you will be interviewed by a small panel consisting of the current Master and a few Past Masters.
The first question will be if you believe in a ‘Supreme Being’. Your particular religious affiliations are not important and men of all religions are welcome. Also important is the requirement that no applicant with a criminal record can be accepted.
If you do not know any Freemasons (you probably will, it never ceases to amaze new-made Brothers how many of their friends are already ‘on the square’), the UGLE website has an excellent introduction which will give you lots more information and guidance on where to apply at National or Provincial level. (This link will open in a new page.)
If you live near Birmingham and would like to join Nautical Services Lodge we would be pleased to hear from you, just use the form on the Contact Us page in the menu above!