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.
 

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

Private Kayak Instruction

Wednesdays

Instruction Includes equipment basics, entering and exiting a kayak, and the essentials of a combat roll. Skills are taught based on participant’s level of experience. Preregistration and prepayment are required. 

Program Fee: 
$40 per session
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays • 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Notes: 
Students can stay until 9:00 PM to practice

Drop-In Kayak Roll Session

Wednesdays

This open pool time gives patrons an opportunity to practice basic kayak techniques including paddle strokes, bracing, and the combat roll. Equipment is available to a limited number of people on a first-come, first-served basis. Others may bring their own equipment.

Prerequisite: 
Minimum Age: 15 (parent/guardian must be present for participants under 18)
Drop-In Fee: 
$10
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays • 7:30 - 9:00pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Notes: 
Please call the Arcata Community Pool to register

Kayak Fundamentals (Pool Option)

March 8

This course will provide a fun and safe environment to learn the base line skills no kayaker should be without. Topics will include boat anatomy, kayak fit, essential equipment, paddle strokes, boat handling, bracing, safety considerations with an emphasis on injury prevention, self and assisted rescues after a capsize. Participants will have the option of trying different styles of kayaks. 

Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
March 5

Kayak Fundamentals (Outdoor Option)

March 28

This course will provide a fun and safe environment to learn the base line skills no kayaker should be without. Topics will include boat anatomy, kayak fit, essential equipment, paddle strokes, boat handling, bracing, safety considerations with an emphasis on injury prevention, self and assisted rescues after a capsize. Participants will have the option of trying different styles of kayaks. 

Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
March 26 • 6:00 - 7:00 PM • Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: 
March 25

Introduction to Windsurfing

March 29

With some of the world's greatest windsurfing spots right here in Humboldt County, this is an opportunity to learn one of the most versatile forms of sailing. This course is designed for beginners, combining both a classroom pre-trip session as well as an outdoor. Participants will get familiar with the sport by learning the basic knots, equipment and weather considerations needed to enjoy windsurfing.

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, windsurfing equipment, pfd and wetsuit
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • March 24 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 124
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • March 23

Southern Humboldt Bay - Wildlife Refuge Tour

March 29
This scenic paddle tour explores the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and provides opportunities to observe migratory shorebirds, egrets, herons, raptors, harbor seals and more! Additional information will be mailed upon registration.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
transportation, sea kayak instruction, sea kayaks and gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 8:30 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
Notes: 
For those who live in Arcata, or north of Eureka, please contact us to arrange a meeting place for pick up.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • March 25

Introduction to Kayak Rolling

March 29

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: 
$20 HSU Students • $28 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday before the course

SUP Fitness Paddle

April 1 - May 10
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 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: 
Wednesdays • 5:30 PM & Sundays • 9:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Introduction to Surfing: Women's Option

April 4

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: 
Tuesday • March 31 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • March 30

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