FAQs and Links

Frequently Asked Questions and Links to other useful websites for boaters

Q. Why should I take a class? I’ve been boating for years.
A. Imagine what our roadways would be like if no one had to learn the rules of the road before driving. If you’ve never had a class you may be a hazard to yourself and others on the water. 40% of Texas boating fatalities in 2010 involved people who had no formal training.

Take the short TPWD boating quiz to see some of the reasons why we say, “Take a course!”

Or, take the Are you Boat Smart? quiz based on our most basic class. This is a PDF file.

A third quiz is from our Seamanship course. Selected Seamanship questions. This is also a PDF file.

Q. Can I come to one of your events without being a member?
A. Yes. See the list and sign up on the Home page.


Our new page for coordinating plans for joint activities with the Sea Scouts is in development. A link will be placed HERE.


Let’s all think before throwing things on the beach or in the water. Tell your friends. Join a beach clean-up activity. Thanks, Surfrider Foundation, for reminding us.

Below are links to some useful websites for boaters and parents:

  • HSPS courses offered through Leisure Learning Unlimited. Select Boating, then Power Squadron
  • Here is the Compass - a short online magazine with boating tips
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Website for senior boaters and boating educators
  • Download and create a Float Plan
  • Nautical chart booklets from NOAA to print
  • Charting Products such as raster and vector nautical charts for computers and chartplotters plus paper charts on demand, Coast Pilot and other products from NOAA
  • Co-op Charting info and instructions
  • CCWeb
  • Houston Safe Boating Council
  • Rescue 21
  • Local Notices to Mariners
  • NOAA Weather information
  • NOAA tide information for Galveston Bay
  • NOAA current information for Galveston Bay area
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary site
  • Galveston Corps of Engineers
  • Galveston Bay Sail and Power Squadron
  • FCC site
  • General Safe Boating site
  • Comprehensive tips on water safety
  • National Water Safety Congress
  • National Safe Boating Council
  • Miscellaneous boating info and links from Commander Bob
  • Kid water safety info and activities – links from around the world
  • On the water lifestyle site
  • Donate your boat
  • Kayaks