The America's Boating Club of the Catawba is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS®) who in 2018 adopted the brand, America's Boating Club.  The America's Boating Club is a non-profit, educational organization created in 1914, dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in boat handling, 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 24,000 members organized into more than 450 Squadrons and 30 Districts. America's Boating Club 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 Riversweep 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 Ameria's Boating Club of the Catawba 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 a Yard Sale to raise money to support our community service activities.

Socialization is an important part of what makes America's Boating Club of the Catawba attractive to a diverse boating community.  In addition to our regular General Membership meeting where we hear from experts on a variety of interesting topics, we also enjoy boating activities on Lake Wylie, Lake Wateree and occasionally Lake Norman and even the North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia coasts.  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 America's Boating Club (United States Power Squadrons) is three fold:  Boating Education, Civic Service and Socialization.  In that light, America's Boating Club of the Catawba 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 except for a small fee for course materials. Many insurance companies offer discounts on boat insurance to a boat owner who has successfully completed our America's Boating Course.
The Catawba Power Squadron was organized in 1964 and belongs to District 27 together with 16 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 2018 the squadron adopted the use of America's Boating Club of the Catawba to even better identify to the recreational boating community what it is that we do.  We are still the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron but we choose to identify ourselves as a integral part of America's Boating Club. 

In September 2014 we celebrated our 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 Energy. 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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