Maximum Scuba's team of PADI-certified instructors caters to all levels of aquatic adventurer with a wide roster of name-brand equipment and all-inclusive classes. PADI open-water certification courses employ textbooks and at least four open-water dives to acquaint underwater neophytes with the joy of subaquatic breathing, enabling them to finally explore timeshare options in Atlantis. The PADI advanced open-water certification course sends previously certified divers on five adventure dives, plumbing watery depths to discover ocean-floor wrecks. Other specialty classes deepen underwater adventures and arm explorers with the know-how to defeat Blackbeard's ghost by teaching skills in spearfishing and technical or cave diving.
An affiliate school of the American Sailing Association, All Points of Sail Sailing School teaches students of all levels how to sail with confidence under the tutelage of experienced guides and instructors. Instructors sprinkle landlubbers with the knowledge necessary to tear through the water on any size vessel, ranging from large-keel boats to windsurfing boards and kayaks. The school's diverse coterie of courses covers crucial nautical subjects, including sailing certification, coastal navigation, chartering, and night sailing. The expert captains also lead charters through the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay as well as summer camps in which kids man kayaks and Sunfish sailboats to gain hands-on practice, which is believed to be the second-best teacher after self-hypnosis.
Now in its 38th year, the annual Scuba Divers Market & Expo fills the open-air Landolt Pavilion with a sprawl of new and used diving equipment and accessories for one day only. In addition to product demonstrations, exhibitors plan to be on-hand to reveal the year's newest dive computers and which flipper designs pair best with a summer scarf. Door prize-drawings take place throughout the day, offering a chance to win a variety of items, including a Weber grill. The expo also offers up ways for visitors to find emotional of physical sustenance, whether by donating used diving gear at a consignment table or snacking on dishes from some of Houston's favorite local food trucks.
The founders of Running Bayou are so passionate about races, they manage not one, but two different types of event. The first, Coasting the Coast, is a series of 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, and full marathons held in 10 coastal Texas cities. Their courses all followalong seaside roads and culminate in post-race beach parties with stretching clinics led by trainers and saltwater-taffy makers. Their second series, All Systems Glow 5K, take to the streets of major cities including Austin and Houston for a nighttime race for which people dress in glow clothes before cutting loose at a dance party.
On the breezy shores of Galveston Bay in the Lighthouse District, the first Kemah Ragin Cajun Festival will take place on May 16, 17, and 18. The parking-lot party entices festival-goers with live music, cold beers, and its main attraction—Cajun-spiced crawfish, alligator, and gumbo. While revelers soak up the sun and chow down, local and national bands play upbeat tunes and live crawfish sing hauntingly beautiful Gregorian chants before being boiled.
Weekend cruises along the lake. The occasional night fishing trip. While many people would like to own a boat for those reasons, the expenses of maintaining and storing a boat year-round can be daunting. Carefree Boat Rental eliminates the tedious bits of boat ownership by lending its well-maintained fleet to members by the hour. Inspected weekly by a dock staff using a 50-point checklist, each boat is also equipped with US Coast Guard-required safety equipment such as flares, approved flotation devices, and an emergency stash of Cheetos. The crew also takes care of regular maintenance, such as oil changes, hull cleaning, and annual bottom painting.