Lake Thurmond Sail & Power Squadron

The Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron serves the Thurmond Lake Area of South Carolina and Georgia. The Squadron is in District 26 of the United States Power Squadron, which encompasses 12 South Carolina Squadrons and Tybee Island, Georgia.

TLS&PS is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes covering a wide range of nautical subjects like: basic boating, seamanship, and many more.

With 200-plus members, the Squadron is the largest sanctioned organization in Savannah Lakes Village. You do not have to be a resident or property owner of SLV to be a member. Members have a wide variety of water craft: pontoon boats, sailboats, personal water craft and some members don’t even own a boat! You don’t have to own a boat to be a member … Many just “catch a ride” during our boating outings.

Speaking of outings: the club's motto is “Boating is fun -- We’ll show you how” and we do have fun! Our social calendar is filled every month of the year with dinner meetings with interesting programs, picnics, raftups, on the water scavenger hunts, poker runs and more!

Members do a lot of good in our boating community as well. They provide vessel safety checks at no charge. Boating classes for the public are taught by squadron instructors at no charge other than for materials. The squadron also provides loaner life jackets to the public click here for more information.. Member benefits include: discounts on boat insurance, boating goods and supplies. 

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Power Squadron's Community Efforts Spotlighted


The Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron hosted a couple of recent events that spotlighted the community efforts of this group here in Savannah Lakes Village. The Squadron presented an instructional day of personal flotation device (PFD) awareness and water safety on July 27. Seventy middle and high schoolers from a local church youth group met the Squadron on the Thurmond Lake Beach, where they were treated to lunch. Cmdr. Chuck Gresham spoke on PFDs, and Educational Officer Gerald Prouty addressed the group about boat and water safety.

Past Cmdr. Doug Chalifour wrapped it up with boat assignments and spotting duties; and, at that point, it did not take long to load the boats for tubing, continued water instruction, and fun.

The Squadron had 10 power boats and one sailboat, along with its hosted stand of life jackets from the Sea Tow Foundation. Television coverage took place at the beach, and the Squadron was the lead story that evening on how the organization is doing its part to get the word out on boat and water safety.


The group also received recognition for its July 5th Thurmond Lake Boat Parade and McCormick Community Beach Party. The Boat Parade had nearly 30 boats, some simply waiving a flag, while others apparently started their decoration planning sometime last year. The beach party served up more than 900 hot dogs, and there were fun and games for more 600 children and adults.