America's Boating Club Houston offers some courses exclusively to members. These courses are designed to help further the cause of United States Power Squadrons - America's Boating Club by furthering the education of our members so that they can deliver on our promise.
Vessel Safety Examiner
We offer this informal course to all members who have completed (or are currently working on) the USPS Seamanship course. A highly experienced Vessel Safety Examiner will guide you on everything you need to know in order to conduct a Vessel Safety Check and pass the Vessel Safety Examiner test. At the end of the class you will take the test, complete five Vessel Safety Checks with a mentor, and be a certified Vessel Safety Examiner!
America's Boating Club Houston partners with American Canoe Association (ACA) to offer this course. This is an advanced course with the goal of certifying new ACA Kayaking Instructors to help with our Kayaking programs.
Hands On Training - Basic Powerboat
Basic Powerboat is a skill-based training program that covers the essential techniques of powerboat operation. The program is designed for new boaters, and requires no prior experience. Seasoned boaters will also learn new techniques, and increase their skills.
Amateur Radio License
An amateur radio license can add value to your on-the-water experiences. This course will teach what you need to know for the entry-level Technician Class License. The Technician license exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license.
The amateur radio license does not qualify you for the Ship Radio Stations license. A separate application and fee is required for this maritime service.
Want to become an Instructor? Take the Instructor Development Course. The emphasis is on enhancing presentation techniques and instructor skills and is designed to demonstrate interactive teaching methods focused on adult learning.