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.
Start here. This is a 2-hour classroom-based introduction to kayaking, with a 2-hour on-water follow up the next day. Get the overview, learn the gear, see the boats and set the foundation for safe paddling before you ever get wet. Then take your new knowledge and practice new skills in the protected Humboldt Bay.
Join Center Activities for two full exhilarating days at Big Lagoon and learn to harness the wind on two of the world's most popular and versatile sail boats. We will utilize the Olympic Class Lasers as well as the fun and user-friendly Pico boats that are ideal for entry-level sailing. Each participant will steer and control their own boat. Skills will include rig- ging, sailing theory, boat maneuvering, launching and capsize recovery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.