Chippenham Sailing and Canoeing Club, last year's prices:
Young Persons £30.00
Student Affiliate £15.00
Family (3+ persons) £59.00
Note that the student affiliate is a cheap membership intended to retain paddlers who are away at University. The argument being that although they are adults, they are away most of the time but we would like to retain them as members if possible especially as they are often coaches or active members of the club.
We also charge for boat storage, last year's prices for canoes and kayaks was £19 internal storage, £11 external.
And we charge for coached courses such as star awards and Paddlepower. These work out at about £2 to £3 per session depending on the course. We also have less formal paddling sessions which we don't charge for.
Another local club to me which is very youth orientated charges a nominal membership fee of about £10 I think, but then also charges £3/week. The £3 is collected on your first session of the week but the rest of the week is free, so the more you use the facilities the better value you get. Coaches/Leaders aren't charged anything.
We also have a local club which is geared towards racing and have a lot of expensive equipment and very good facilities. Like many of the Thames racing clubs already mentioned, they have a much higher membership fee. Last time I was a member there it was in the region of £100, not sure what it is now though. It might sound like a lot of money but it is justified because of the quality of equipment available. Equipment which would otherwise cost a new paddler a great deal of money, as Paul said, a basic glass K1 is around £1000 new and wing paddles will set you back at least £150. When I was a member there I paddled several times a week which made the cost per session less than £1.