From its beginning the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron has been active in a number of civic service activities with the goal of helping to make the Lake Wylie area a better place for those of us who love boating and other water sports.  In addition to the programs listed below that have been adopted by the squadron, individual members spend countless hours involved in many other community civic service activities.  Whether it is conducting FREE vessel safety examinations, picking up trash along Lake Wylie's miles of shoreline or making the boating experience available to hundreds of underpriviledged youth each year, Catawba Sail and Power Squadron members are reaching out to the community and having fun doing it.  We can always use more helping hands.  Below and on the related pages you can find more detail about how we give back to the community.  To see more about all of the United States Power Squadrons' Civic Service activities please CLICK HERE.
The Vessel Safety Check program is a cooperative effort between the United States Coast Guard Auxillary and the United States Power Squadrons to provide recreational boaters with free courtesy examinations of their vessels.  The program is in no way a regulatory action and the results are not shared with any government agency.  The checks include a review of the boaters state registraion, a check to insure that the boat is equipped with all the items that are required by Coast Guard and individual state regulations, the observation that required equipment such as lights, engine vent blowers and horns are in serviceable condition and a discussion with the operator of key boating safety information.  If the vessel meets all the required evaluation items the boat operator receives a Vessel Safety Check decal to display prominently on their boat.  Although the decal will not prevent Coast Guard or local law enforcement agencies from boarding the boat if they suspect that the boat is not being operated in accordance with regulations, they will not stop and board a boat soley for the purpose of conducting a vessel compliance check.  The best part of the Vessel Safety Check program is that it is TOTALLY FREE. CLICK HERE for more information about the Vessel Safety Check program or to request one for your boat.
Three times each year (April, June and October) the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron holds Adopt-a-Landing events to help clean up trash and other debris at two boat landings on Lake Wylie.  One group of volunteers works around the Niviens Creek landing and another group works around the Big Allison Creek landing.  The October Adopt-a-Landing event is held in conjunction with the Catawba Riverkeepers River Sweep project.  The job is easy and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.  Obviously, the more hands the easier the work and we are always looking for volunteers to help. 
Each year the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron joins forces with the Charlotte Power Squadron to host a Children's Outing for underpriviledged children in the Charlotte and York County area.  This day of fun on and around the water is normally held the weekend before Memorial Day and includes activities like fishing, swimming, games and of course boat rides on Lake Wylie.  The event has been held for more than forty years and has been located at Elks Park, Bowater Park and since 2012 at the Red Fez Shrine Club near Lake Wylies Buster Boyd Bridge.  Agencies invited by the Catawba squadron to bring participants include Children's Attention Home, Pilgrimis Inn, Boy's and Girl's Club of York County, Safe Passage, York County Department of Social Services, Famly Promise of York County, Tender Hearts, Salvation Army of Rock Hil, Lancaster Children's Home and others. 
Through an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron assists NOAA through a program called Cooperative Charting, correcting Nautical Charts.

This is a public service whereby we contribute our time to do this work which is of great value to the agencies responsible for the upkeep and publishing of this valuable data. We utilize our knowledge of piloting, navigation, positioning, measuring and logical skills to contribute to these databases. The government allows us to deduct all of our Cooperative Charting expenses from our taxable income as a section 501(C)3 deduction.  New in 2015 is a related program known as Geodetic Marker Revovery.  This program assists the National Geodetic Survery, a branch of NOAA by locating and reporting on te condition of geodetic markers placed throughout the local area.  Further information about Cooperative Charting and Geodetic Marker Recovery can be found on our dedicated page by CLICKING HERE.
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The Catawba Sail and Power Squadron sponsors Sea Scout Ship Lake Wylie (Ship 427), unit of the York District, Palmetto Council, Boy Scouts of America.  The mission of SSS Lake Wylie is to teach citizenship, character development and mental and physical fitness and prepare its youth members to make ethical choices throughout their lives.  SSS Lake Wylie serves young men and women ages 14 (or 13 and completed the eighth grade) to 21. The Ship program is focused on nautical/aquatic activities.  The ship is currently inactive but we are looking for youth and adults who would be interested in restarting this exciting older youth program.     CLICK HERE for more information or contact: Bill Beers, (803) 389-5124 or by email to
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