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The Handbook of Texas Boating Laws and Responsibilities

The Handbook of Texas Boating Laws and Responsibilities


This official Texas boater safety Handbook, developed for Texas State Parks, introduces you to Texas laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation on waters of the big state of Texas.

Both new and experienced boaters alike can take pleasure in the 600 miles of sparkling coastline and numerous inland lakes and waterways of Texas. But safety on Texas waters is the responsibility of everyone. 

Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with the steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable. 

Topics include:

  • Vessel Basics
  • Navigation Rules
  • Nighttime Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
  • Boating Laws and Regulations
  • Required Equipment
  • Skiing
  • And much more…

Whether or not your state requires education, it can reduce boating accidents and injuries on the water. Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the waterways.

Take the official Texas Boater Safety Education Course.