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.

                             

See You on the Water!

Introduction to River Kayaking

April 26 - 27

This weekend kayak expedition is to one of our beautiful local rivers and will create a base foundation for river kayaking. You will learn river dynamics, eddy turns, peel outs, river ferrying, river rescues and safety and practice all the skills learned in the prior classes on the river.

Prerequisite: 
Kayak Roll Session or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$105 HSU Students • $130 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks, all necessary gear and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • April 23 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Saturday - Sunday • April 26 - 27
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 23

Intermediate Surfing

April 27

Are you ready to get out of the whitewater and surf real waves? Join us for the continuation of the Introduction to Surfing class with a progression of skills from paddling out to the line-up to negotiating the waves. Surf gear is provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own Transportation will be by carpool.

Prerequisite: 
Introduction to Surfing, Introduction to Women’s Surfing, or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students • $60 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 24 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 23

Eel River Slough and Cock Robin Island Tour

April 27

Join us for a paddle on the Eel River Slough and Cock Robin Island located just west of Loleta. This is an area rich in wildlife as it is influenced by both fresh water flowing from the Eel River and by saltwater coming in and out with the tides.

Program Fee: 
$40 HSU Students • $55 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, boat, paddle, wetsuit, splash top
Day and Time: 
Sunday • April 27 • 8:30am
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 23

Rafting the North Coast

May 3

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: 
$65 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, boat, paddle, pfd, wetsuit, splash top and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 29 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Saturday • May 3 • 8:00am
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 29

Women's Intermediate Surfing

May 3

Are you ready to get out of the whitewater and surf real waves? Join us for the continuation of the Introduction to Surfing class with a progression of skills from paddling out to the line-up to negotiating the waves. Surf gear is provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

Prerequisite: 
Introduction to Surfing, Introduction to Women’s Surfing, or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students • $60 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • May 1 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 30

Eel River Rafting: 3 Nights 4 Days

May 19 - 22

Get ready for one of the most amazing wild and scenic stretches of river around. This trip will give you the experience of a life time rafting 47 miles of the Eel River with little to no civilization around. This three night, four day, remote trip will give you the thrill of boating through Class III whitewater, intermixed with serene, viewing wildlife, and camping on beautiful river beaches. 20% off to graduating students!

Program Fee: 
$250 HSU Students • $275 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, boat, paddle, pfd, wetsuit, splash top and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • May 15 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Monday - Thursday • May 19 - 22
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • May 13

Kinetic Grand Championship Race Viewing

May 25

Watch the Kinetic Sculptures splash into the Humboldt Bay from the best viewing seat available! See the action and feel the energy of the day from a kayak or canoe. Cheer the teams on as they travel up the channel of the Humboldt Bay.

Program Fee: 
$25 HSU Students • $30 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Aquatic instruction and all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 10:30am
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka

Introduction to Stand Up Paddling

June 7

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: 
Sunday • 9:00am
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • June 5

Kayak Fundamentals

June 8

This course will provide a fun and safe environment to learn the baseline skills no kayaker should be without. Topics will include boat anatomy, kayak fit, and essential equipment. Our experienced guides will support your introduction to a variety of paddle strokes, boat handling, bracing, safety considerations with an emphasis on injury prevention, and then spend the majority of the time working on self and assisted rescues after a capsize. Time permitting, kayakers will have an opportunity learn and practice the skills necessary for a combat roll.

Program Fee: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 4:30 - 8:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • June 5

Introduction to Surfing

June 14

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.

Program Fee: 
$55
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • June 12 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • June 11

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