Aquatic Adventures

Center Activities is the regional boating safety center for the North Coast and is supported by the California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways. The Division allocates funds for boating facilities, boating safety education and boating law enforcement throughout California. Center Activities’ aquatics equipment inventory is also funded by Boating & Waterways to enhance boating safety education in Northern California.

The Aquatic Adventure Program provides a variety of boating instruction courses in canoeing, rafting, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and river kayaking. All trip logistics including location, transportation, equipment, instruction, and guides are organized by Center Activities. 

Water Safety Requirements: To participate in any Aquatics class you must be "water safe". You must have the ability to swim a short distance using any stroke and be able to tread water for five minutes. If you are unsure of your ability to complete the above skills, you must make an appointment through the Arcata Community Pool to be tested. 

Aquatics Equipment and Rental Program: All aquatic classes include use of boats, boating equipment, personal floatation devices (PFDs), spray jackets and Farmer John wetsuits. Surfing classes include hooded full-body wetsuits, surfboards and booties. Aquatic equipment, not scheduled for use by a Center Activities class, is available through our rental program to qualified persons. To ensure user safety, to maintain quality and to care for the equipment, there are checkout requirements on all aquatic equipment. Reservations are suggested as equipment is rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental fees must be paid at the time of reservation. Deposits are required for all rentals.
 

Introduction to Stand Up Paddling

July 26

As the ancient Hawaiian form of surfing, Stand Up Paddle Surfing has reemerged as a popular and fun fitness form. The introduction course provides the essential information and skills needed to enjoy paddling on flat water. Enjoy the sights of our local waterfront, while getting a fun workout at the same time. Topics covered will include equipment, basic paddling technique and board maneuvering as well as health benefits.

Program Fee: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, paddleboard, wetsuit, booties and instructional materials
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00am
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • July 24

Rafting the North Coast

August 2

Join us for a day of adventure on one of the North Coast’s premier stretches of Class III whitewater, intermixed with serene, relaxing sections ideal for swimming and wildlife viewing. The river we choose will be dependent on river flows and conditions.

Program Fee: 
$70
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, boat, paddle, pfd, wetsuit, splash top and permit fees
Day and Time: 
Saturday • August 2
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • July 28

Drop-In Kayak Roll Session

Wednesdays

This open pool time gives patrons an opportunity to practice basic kayak techniques including paddle strokes, bracing, and the combat roll. Equipment is available to a limited number of people on a first-come, first-served basis. Others may bring their own equipment.

Prerequisite: 
Minimum Age: 15 (parent/guardian must be present for participants under 18)
Drop-In Fee: 
$10
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays • 7:30 - 9:00pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Notes: 
Please call the Arcata Community Pool to register

Introduction to Surfing

September 6

This course offers participants the opportunity to safely learn and enjoy the sport of surfing! Designed for the individual having little or no surfing experience, we will focus on water safety, surf etiquette, ocean awareness, surfboard handling and technique. We will surf where the conditions are best for beginning surfers.

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • September 4 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • September 3

Whitewater Inflatable Kayaking

September 6
Splash into the Trinity River’s whitewater on an inflatable kayak. The exciting and informative day will cover whitewater kayak basics, giving you an overview of river travel and safety. You will learn to read water and understand basic river orientation. Instruction will cover eddy turns, peel outs, river ferrying and paddling techniques.
Program Fee: 
$60 HSU Students • $75 All 0thers
Program Fee Includes: 
instruction, kayaks, river gear and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • September 3 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 8:30 AM
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • September 2

Family Walk-In Kayak Weekend

First Weekend of the Month, September - December

Stroll in and paddle out. We fit your family for adventure at an unbeatable value with these "kids go free" kayak days. Our staff gives a brief safety talk and instruction to the boats, then you can cast-off our dock for a fun and memorable time.

Program Fee: 
$20 Per Adult, Children paddle free (limit 2 per adult)
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayak, all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
First Saturday & Sunday of the Month • 11:00 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka

Moonrise Paddle Tour

September 6
Come for a Saturday evening paddle and watch the moon rise through the Humboldt Bay mist. We provide a choice of kayak or canoe and experienced guides to run these short hour and a half adventures.
Program Fee: 
$20 HSU Students • $25 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 6:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday before each tour

Rafting the North Coast

September 7

Join us for a day of adventure on one of the North Coast’s premier stretches of Class III whitewater, intermixed with serene, relaxing sections ideal for swimming and wildlife viewing. The river we choose will be dependent on river flows and conditions.

Program Fee: 
$64 HSU Students • $79 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, permit fees & river equipment
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • September 3 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 8:30 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus. For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange your pick up at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 2

Southern Humboldt Bay - Wildlife Refuge Tour

September 7
This scenic paddle tour explores the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and provides opportunities to observe migratory shorebirds, egrets, herons, raptors, harbor seals and more! Additional information will be mailed upon registration.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
transportation, sea kayak instruction, sea kayaks and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Notes: 
For those who live in Arcata, or north of Eureka, please contact us to arrange a meeting place for pick up.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • September 3

Introduction to Windsurfing

September 14

With some of the world's greatest windsurfing spots right here in Humboldt County, this is an opportunity to learn one of the most versatile forms of sailing. This course is designed for beginners, combining both a classroom pre-trip session as well as an outdoor. Participants will get familiar with the sport by learning the basic knots, equipment and weather considerations needed to enjoy windsurfing.

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, windsurfing equipment, pfd and wetsuit
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • September 9 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 8

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