Public Classes

Practical On-The-Water Training

Please see our separate page on this training for information.


Public Safe Boating Classroom Course

Houston Sail and Power Squadron, in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, offers a 1-day boating safety course. Texas law requires everyone born after September 1, 1993 to complete a Boater Education course in order to operate a PWC or boat with a motor greater than 15 HP. This course meets that educational requirment.

“A TPWD certified boater education course and photo I.D. is required for any person
born on or after September 1, 1993 to operate: (1) a vessel powered by a motor of
more than 15 horsepower; or (2) a windblown vessel over 14 feet in length.
No person may operate a PWC or motorboat powered by a motor of more than 15
horsepower on the public waters of this state unless the person is at least 13 years
of age and has successfully completed a Boater Education Course or is supervised
by another person who: (1) is at least 18 years of age; (2) can lawfully operate the
motorboat; and (3) is on board the motorboat when under way.”


America’s Boating Course™ – 3rd Edition is the latest public boating course offered by the United States Power Squadron, and includes seamanship, required equipment, state and federal regulations and rules of the road, emergency procedures and much more.  It covers just about everything you need to get started, and is a great refresher for the more experienced boater. 

2013 Schedule

The 2013 scheduled dates are the following Saturdays: Jan 19, Feb 16 Mar 16, Apr 20, May 18, Jun 15, Jul 20, Aug 17, Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 16.

All classes are held at our classrooms (Home Port) located at 6910 Bellaire Blvd. #15, Houston, TX 77074.  This is near the intersection of Bellaire Blvd. and Highway 59.  Take Bellaire Blvd. east to the first traffic light beyond Highway 59, which is Bintliff Dr.  Our Home Port is in the office park located behind the fire station at the intersection of Bintliff and Bellaire Blvd.  Use the entrance from the interior parking lot.

You may register day of the class at our “Home Port”, directions listed above.

 The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and the course lasts until approximately 4:30 to  5:00 p.m. State certification at this time is required for anyone born after September 1, 1993 operating a boat or jet ski, but it is encouraged for everyone.  The minimum age for taking the exam for state certification is 12.  Please bring your social security number since the state requires that information.  There will be a 45 minute break for lunch around noon, and you can either bring your lunch or drive to some fast food restaurants in the area. 

On the Water Field Trips to Galveston & Trinity Bays

To reinforce the classroom experience we include three on the water field trips each semester. These are low-key, fun outings on Galveston Bay in HSPS member boats. We have a varied fleet: small outboard runabouts, mid-size outboard center consoles, small daysailors, blue water cruising sailboats, large power cruisers and trawlers. The cost is free to all active HSPS students in classes, seminars or boating safety classes. To register contact Robert Campbell at or 713-594-1876.

  • Saturday September 28, 0800 – 1600
  • Sunday November 17, 0800 – 1600

 For your information, Houston Sail and Power Squadron is a non-profit volunteer boater’s club dedicated to boater education.  If you have any questions about America’s Boating Course™ or our squadron, please don’t hesitate to ask, or take a look at our web site, http://uspshouston.org .   Also, check out our national web site: http://www.usps.org.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Robert Campbell
Houston Sail and Power Squadron
Squadron Educational Officer