The “beginners boating class” known as America’s Boating Course (ABC) will give you the knowledge you need to make you a competent and safe skipper! America’s Boating Course covers all aspects of boating: boat handling, docking, right of way, anchoring, aids to navigation, required equipment, state laws, boating emergencies and more. This four day course is taught by the instructors of TLS&PS. This is a great course for new boaters, pwc operators or anyone who has never taken a boating course. Most insurance companies offer a discount for successful completion of the course. This boating safety course is also recognized by DNR and Corp of Engineers.
The ABC course will be taught at the McCormick Public Library at 201 Railroad Avenue (adjacent to post office) in McCormick. All classes will be conducted from 1200 to 1600 hours (12 noon – 4:00 pm).
The first class is Tuesday, July 24.
2nd class will be on Friday, July 27.
3rd class will be on Tuesday, July 31.
The final class which is review and exam will be on Friday, Aug 3.
The Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron is part of the U.S. Power Squadron and is dedicated to promoting boating safety. The cost of taking the ABC course is $25 per single person or $30 for a husband and wife couple. Anyone interested in becoming a member of TLS&PS must complete and pass the America’s Boating Course first. Your first six months of dues will be free.
Prior registration is required to take this course! Sign up now as space is limited. Please call or email Assistant Education Officer: Dave Kloppenburg at 864-391-3795 ( if you reach Dave’s answering machines – leave a message – he will return your call. sailboat
Gary Venz
Commander TLS&PS


  1. Marianne Chalifour:

    Mystery Margarita Beach Party & What Else Have You Missed!

    I have had a number of people say how they love attending our events. Unless you are a member you have been missing out on the majority of the fun such as:

    Jan. – Dinner at Tara with guest speaker
    Feb. – Picnic at Hickory Knob, Dinner at Tara with guest speaker & Magic Show
    Mar. – Spring Conference at Beaufort SC, Buoy Inspections, Dinner
    April – Picnic at Elijah Clark, Ryder Cup Golf Outing,
    May – Cruise & Rendezvous with the Savannah River Squadron, Raft Up
    June – Poker Run, Picnic SLV Pool, Raft Up for Soap Creek Music Festival
    July – Beach Party & Boat Parade, Kayak Olympics, Raft Up for fireworks, Cook Out at Elijah Clark
    Aug. – Scavenger Hunt, Raft Up, Mystery Margarita Beach Party
    Sep. – Golf Outing, Buoy Inspections, Raft Up, Dinner
    Oct. – Fall Conference at Lake Hartwell, Triathlon Support, Dinner, Commanders Party
    Nov. – Fall Color Cruise with Lake Hartwell Squadron, Dinner
    Dec. – Christmas Dinner Dance

    Whew – that’s a lot of activities. But that’s what we are, a very active organization. Now we all can’t do every activity but there are plenty to choose from.

    If you would like to become part of this fun group (or would like to rejoin) please see me at the Beach Party this Saturday. What! You did not RSVP? I have saved a number of reservations for those who would like to consider or become members. Just send me an email or call.

    Membership cost: Single $78.50 Family 128.50 Bring your check book I will have a simple membership form for you to sign.

    Marianne Chalifour
    New Member Chairperson

  2. Doug Chalifour:

    Low Country Boil Beach Party & Sunset Cruise to Mystery Margarita Beach

    Your SLV Boat Club, properly known as the Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron, would like to extend

    another invite to the community to join us for a Low Country Boil Beach Party & Sunset Cruise to Mystery Margarita Beach.

    If you missed it last year, just ask around, it was our highlight event of 2011.

    **Wear your Hawaiian Shirt or Skirt**

    1700 (5p.m.) – At the SLV BeachŠ Come by boat or steel dinghy (car).

    Dinner will be a Low Country Boil with sweet tea. Dessert & Margaritas at the Mystery Beach.

    Member Cost $13 – Non Member $15 Bring your own chairs & other beverage.

    Be prepared to have some funŠ.get wet if you like.

    ** Music – Dancing – Limbo **

    We will cap the evening off with a slow sunset cruise to Mystery Margarita Beach & back. That’s where dessert & the margarita bar will be! (Jimmy Buffet music – of course)

    Plan on going home in the cover of darknessŠsome of you may remember this darkness thing!

    Our boats have lights & GPSŠfollow the leaders, we will get you to the beach or your dock.

    RSVP by Monday August 20th to Chuck Gresham at (please indicate if you are coming by boat & # of crew)

    See you there… Doug Chalifour

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