The Catawba Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS®), which is a non-profit, educational organization created in 1914, dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and other related subjects.  We serve the counties of York, Lancaster and Chester in South Carolina as well as areas of North Carolina bordering Lake Wylie.

USPS has over 35,000 members organized into more than 350 Squadrons and 29 Districts. USPS is the world's largest non-profit private boating organization and is a non-governmental and non-military group of adult men and women who have a common love and appreciation of recreational boating.
The squadron performs a variety of civic service projects such as our annual Children's Outing hosted jointly by the Charlotte Power Squadron, participation in the Catawba River Keepers River Sweep and other lake cleanup projects such as our bi-annual Adop-A-Landing programs at Nevins Creek and Allison Creek boat landings.  As a service to the overall boating community the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron participates in the USPS/USCG Cooperative Charting Program.  We also sponsor the only Sea Scout Ship in the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  We host an annual Yard Sale in Rock Hill to raise money to support our community service activities.

Socialization is an important part of what makes the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron attractive to a diverse boating community.  In addition to our regular General Membership meeting where we hear from experts on a variety of boating topics, we also enjoy boating activities on Lake Wylie, Lake Wateree and occasionally Lake Norman.  These activities include raft-ups, a predicted log contest with the Charlote Power Squadron and attendance at local and District rendezvous. 
The focus of the United States Power Squadron is three fold:  Boating Education, Civic Service and Socialization.  In that light, the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron offers boating safety courses for the public, as well as a large variety of advanced courses for its members. These courses are taught by volunteers and are free. A small fee for course materials might be charged. Many insurance companies offer discounts for boat insurance to a boat owner who has successfully completed a USPS Boating Course.
The Catawba Sail and Power Squadron was organized in 1964 and belongs to District 27 together with 19 other Squadrons, covering North Carolina and the Lake Wylie area of South Carolina. The Squadron took its name from the Catawba Indian Tribe who were the first settlers in the Catawba River Basin which encompasses Lake Wylie. 

In December 2002, in order to reflect that all boaters are welcome, the name of the Squadron was changed to Catawba Sail & Power Squadron.  In September 2014 the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron celebrated its fiftieth year of service to the boating community of York, Chester and Lancaster counties of South Carolina and our boating friends in North Carolina.  Our primary boating venue is  Lake Wylie, a 13,500 acre lake with 325 miles of shore line located North of Rock Hill, SC and stretching into North Carolina. The lake was named after Dr. W. Gil Wylie, who organized the Catawba Power Company, a predecessor of Duke Power. It was first created in 1904 by a dam near Ft. Mill, SC and it is the oldest lake on the Catawba.
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