Is there a good Head Coach who has been with the club for a significant amount of time? (If the answer is no, chances are the club has problems.)
Some questions you should ask yourself and club members
All of the officers and coaches in a club are volunteers (except at Hawaiian and Kihei). A head coach can spend up to a full time job coaching during regatta season for absolutely no pay. In return for this, a paddler is expected to be cooperative, pleasant, reliable and do what the coach says without argument.