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.
 

Learn to SUP - Stand Up Paddle

October 18

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 • October 16

Intermediate Sailing

October 25 & 26

This class is designed to get back on the water and take the skills learned in Introduction to Sailing a step further. The Coronado, a 15-foot sailboat, will be utilized to become more proficient in your sailing techniques and learn the lines of a larger sea craft. The course will also cover water safety, navigation, and the basics of how to sail on your own.

Prerequisite: 
Participants must have completed Introduction to Sailing within the last year. If you completed the Introduction course more than one year ago, Sailing Refresher Course is required. Or instructor approval.
Program Fee: 
$132 HSU Students • $149 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, sailboat & equipment, pfd and wetsuit
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • October 21 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool. Camping at Big Lagoon is optional.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • October 20

Recreational Kayaking

October 25

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 • October 20

Stone Lagoon SUP Tour

October 26
Join us for a paddle on beautiful Stone Lagoon located along the coast north of Trinidad. This shallow bay is nestled in the mountains and separated from the Pacific Ocean with a thin sandbar. It is a favorite resting place for migratory waterfowl and there may even be an opportunity to see Roosevelt Elk grazing on the shorelines. Additional information will be mailed upon registration.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Stand up paddle instruction, stand up paddle gear, transportation
Day and Time: 
Sunday • TBD
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 • October 22

Moonrise Paddle Tour

November 8
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 • 5:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday before each tour

Sea Kayaking on the Bay

November 9 (20% discount for Veterans)
Paddle the unique Humboldt Bay in a traditional sit-in sea kayak. This beginner level course explores on-water kayaking techniques and safety. With the basics of paddle strokes and proper boat fit as well as local considerations such as tide and wind, we will confidently “put in” for a two hour course.
Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
sea kayak instruction, sea kayaks and gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 12:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • November 3

Eureka Slough Canoe Tour

November 22
From Wiyot tribal history to Alexander von Humboldt, there is no better way to connect the past and present than to canoe the waterway at our doorstep. This 3-hour tour gets you behind the scenes of storefronts and into the natural ebb and flow of timeless Nature.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 11:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - across from the Adorni Center)

Moonrise Paddle Tour

December 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 • 5:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday before each tour

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