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Boating Center Hours of Operation

  • The Citadel Boating Center hours of operation are Monday - Friday 0700 - 1500.

  • For information on the number and types of boats available as well as boating regulations, please visit the THE CITADEL BOATING PROGRAM POLICY.

  • You must have a valid Citadel Boating Green Card to rent a boat. To obtain the card you must pass the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources written exam, which is available at, and the on-water practical exam. For more information on theses exams, you may visit or call the Boating Center at 953-6849.

  • Rental fees for power boats are $20 a day for cadets and summer school students and $40 a day for faculty and staff.

  • Weekend reservations can be made up to two (2) weeks in advance. Deposit required.

  • Due to the continued silting of our channel, boats can only leave from or return to our channel 1.5 hours before the high tide or 1.5 hours after the high tide. Local tide information can be found at Please plan your trip around the high tides.

  • Boats may be trailered from the Boat Center. Contact the Boat Center for information.

  • Feel free to contact Dale Tallent in the Boat Center at 953-6849, or email if you have any questions.


Class of 1981 Picnic Pavilion at The Swain Boating Center
Usage Guidelines 

The Swain Boating Center’s Class of 1981 Pavilion and docks are provided for The Citadel community to enjoy our beautiful waterfront. Note that the pavilion and waterfront are shared spaces and other individuals may desire to utilize the pavilion at the same time as your gathering. This is allowable as long as social distancing guidelines can be maintained. Please share this space with others and be respectful by limiting loud noise, using only the areas needed to accommodate your activity, and cleaning up after each use.

  • Normal operating hours will be from 0800 - 2000 Sunday through Saturday.

  • The pavilion is for recreational use and is an "as-is" facility/area. Parties wishing to use the pavilion are responsible for:

    • Food/Catering (unless a college-sponsored event)

    • Additional tables/chairs (unless a college-sponsored event)

    • Clean-up - including cleaning of charcoal grills and trash removal (unless a college-sponsored event)

You may submit requests for catering through Flavours of Charleston Catering - The Citadel (843-953-6070).

We hope that everyone will get a chance to take advantage of this beautiful location on campus! If you have any questions about use of the Class of 1981 Pavilion, please contact the Office of Event Management ( at (843) 953-4477.


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