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!

Kayak Roll Session

June 15 & 22

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: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Sundays • 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • June 13

Rafting the North Coast

June 28

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 • June 28
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • June 23

4th of July Paddle

July 4

Paddle along the Eureka waterfront and “raft” up to watch the fireworks with our amazing aquatic instructors and guides. For those that would like to stay dry for the evening, our second story balcony will be open serving light snacks and refreshments to all participants.

Program Fee: 
$60 HSU Students • $70 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Aquatic instruction, boat, paddle, wetsuit, splash top, and safety beacon (for night time visibility)
Day and Time: 
Friday • July 4 • Time TBA
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 1

Introduction to River Kayaking

July 12

This course will cover the basics of whitewater kayaking and give you an overview of river travel and safety. The outing includes an exciting and informative day of kayaking on one of the local rivers, the exact location depending on flows. You will learn to read water and understand basic river orientation. Instruction will cover eddy turns, peel outs, river ferrying and paddling techniques. Additional activities may include a river safety section that involves the use of basic river safety equipment specifically adapted for kayaking situations.

Prerequisite: 
Kayak Fundamentals & Kayak Roll Session, or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$55
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks, all necessary gear and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • July 10 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Drop-in Lounge
Day and Time: 
Saturday • July 12
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • July 9

Introduction to Surfing

July 13

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 • July 10 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • July 9

Kayak Fundamentals

July 20

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 • July 17

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

Kayak Roll Session

August 3 & 10

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: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Sundays • 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • July 31

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