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.
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.
Pinky's Kayak Rental grants prospective paddlers the opportunity to experience the serene waters of the Armand Bayou by moonlight during guided evening tours. Instructors will rendezvous with participants at Bay Area Park before traveling to Horsepen Bayou to equip pupils with kayaks, paddles, and radioactive baby carrots for improving their night-vision. Patrons will glean basic kayaking skills and undergo a safety overview before launching their kayaks just before twilight. Paddlers may then get acquainted with maneuvering their aquatic steeds before embarking on the two-hour trip, gliding by moonlight through Horsepen Bayou, into Armand Bayou, and back around to Bay Area Park. Refreshments and life-vests are provided by Pinky's, and customers can peruse the website for a list of what supplies they should bring, including sunscreen, a change of clothes, and repellent for insects and krakens.
Freedom Boat Club's expert staff transforms inlanders into inboaters without the maintenance, refueling, and storage hassles of watercraft ownership. Up to four people can learn key nautical skills such as tying knots, docking in the wind, and digesting saltwater from one of the company's midshipmen prior to taking a vessel out for a full day of aqueous amusement. Both the Lake Conroe and the Clear Lake locations operate an armada consisting of multifarious types of marine movers, including ski boats, fishing vessels, and pontoons.
Some of Marshall Hosea's earliest memories involve water lapping gently about the ankles of his oversized boots as he waded into a river or creek for some classic fly-fishing with his father and grandfather. What started as a childhood pastime became a lifelong passion, and Marshall began experimenting with all kinds of boats to enhance his fishing experience. He loved feeling close to nature and the water as he cast lines and baited hooks, and he found the kayak offered him the best experience. As a bonus, the paddle-driven craft left no trace upon the natural beauty he so loved.
Now, he teaches others the joy of kayaking and fishing as the owner and head guide of Texas Kayak Guide. He takes passengers down rivers and creeks, or skimming across bayous and bays, showing them raccoons hunting shellfish, osprey darting into the water to snatch fish, and porpoises swimming alongside the quiet craft. While on the water, he also teaches the finer points of fishing, including everything from how to spot a fish to changing one's tactics to match the seasonal behavior of one's prey.