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.
A crescent moon casts its soft glow over the waterfront, shining just enough light to illuminate a deer as it scurries back into the forest. Nearby, a group of kayakers float silently, watching as the event unfolds. Packed with wildlife and winding waterways, the Armand Bayou serves as the perfect playground for Pinky's Water Sports' stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. On guided trips, these vessels float through the bayou as its waters twinkle beneath the colors of dawn, dusk, or the moon's strobe lights. Pinky's also facilitates motorized excursions with rentals of Jet Skis and fishing boats.
While Star Fleet excels, with its 20 years in business, at whisking passengers along Galveston Bay aboard its fleet of five luxurious yachts, it offers more. The charter yacht company also donates exclusively to the Galveston Bay Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the local waterway. Customers can rest assured that portions of their proceeds are going toward a worthy cause whether they're celebrating a wedding aboard the multi-level Star Gazer or pub crawling alongside Mai Tai–swilling otters on the Lake Limo.
Whaz SUP's team gives clients an up-close view of the Clear Lake Area by renting standup paddleboards, leading guided tours, and holding waterborne yoga classes on paddleboards. Located about 45 minutes southeast of downtown Houston on Galveston Bay, the Clear Lake Area has one of the largest fleets of pleasure boats in the US. Each outing gives guests a steady, all-over workout that engages the core and helps paddlers fit into their high-school cummerbunds.