Classes & Activities

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Learn to SUP - Stand Up Paddle

September 20

Get a new perspective on paddling while getting a fun workout. Join the growing world of stand up paddling by learning the essential information and skills for the sport. Humboldt Bay provides the flat water, scenery, and wildlife viewing - you provide the laughter and muscle power as you learn basic techniques for a new lifelong passion.

Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructor, paddleboard, wetsuit, booties and instructional materials
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - Next to the Adorni Center.)
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • September 18

Introduction to Whitewater RIver Kayaking

Mandatory Pool Dates: September 21 & 28; River Dates: October 4 & 5

This course focuses on developing paddling skills to get you started on whitewater kayaking. You will be introduced to the basics of kayaking and a combat roll in the Arcata Community Pool and progress to moving whitewater during a weekend overnight on the Trinity River. The focus will be on boating safety, basic strokes, boat control, hydrology, wet exits, and rolling the kayak. A combination of inflatable kayaks and hardshell kayaks will be used depending on the individual needs and skill progression. Additional activities may include a river safety section that involves the use of basic river safety equipment specifically adapted for kayaking situations.

Program Fee: 
$175 HSU Students • $210 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
instruction, kayaks, river gear, trans- portation, camping and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • September 17 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • September 16

Kayak Roll Instruction

September 21 & 28

This course will initially concentrate on learning improved bracing. From there we will progress to combat roll instruction. This will be accomplished with a combination of individual instruction and practice time at the Arcata Community Pool. If one of these dates doesn’t work with your schedule please contact us about private kayak roll instruction.

Program Fee: 
$34 HSU Students • $42 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Sundays • 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • September 18

SUP Fitness Paddle

September 23 - October 30
Get all the benefits of cardio, core and balance training while you escape the walls of the gym for the fresh air of Humboldt Bay. These twice weekly morning workouts help you reach fitness goals in a supportive yet challenging class.
Program Fee: 
$60 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Drop-In Fee: 
$8 HSU Students • $12 All Others
Day and Time: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays • 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).

Backpacking the Marble Mountains

September 26 - 28

Our local wilderness areas are beautiful and the Marble Mountains are no exception. One of California’s oldest formally designated wilderness areas, it is known for its namesake, Marble Mountain, an outstanding limestone feature. This program is designed to accommodate beginner to experienced backpackers. The trip will provide you with all of the basic information for safe backcountry travel. The specific trailhead and destination will be determined at the pre-trip meeting.

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$65 HSU Students • $79 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • September 23 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 22

Introduction to Surfing: Women's Option

September 27

This course offers students 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. This option is for women taught by women!

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • September 25 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • September 24

Rafting the North Coast

September 27

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 23 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 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 22

Introduction to Surfing: Women's Option

September 27

This course offers students 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. This option is for women taught by women!

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • September 25 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • September 24

Recreational Kayaking

September 27

For those interested in learning worry-free flat water paddling. We introduce and paddle stable sit-on-top and pedal-drive kayaks. The instruction and information is beginner level: no rolls, waves or capsizing in this class, just a fun foundation for further kayak adventures.

Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $35 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 1:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 22

Mad River Mouth SUP Tour

September 28
What can we say? We love the Mad River! Not only does it supply drinking water for over 65% of Humboldt County residents, the estuary is a nearby, beautiful destination for paddlers of all abilities. Experience the diversity of wildlife found in this unique aquatic environment from the deck of a Stand Up Paddleboard and relax on the beach where the river meets the sea. (Location may be subject to change due to river flow.)
Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Stand up paddle instruction, stand up paddle gear, transportation
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 9:00AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus.
Notes: 
For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange your pick up at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • September 24

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