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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 (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni 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
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: 
Saturday • 8:30 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni 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 before the trip

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 (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).

Introduction to Surfing: Women's Option

Apri 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

Rafting the North Coast

April 4

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: 
$64 HSU Students • $79 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, permit fees & river equipment
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 2 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus. For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange your pick up at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 1

Introduction to Surfing: Women's Option

Apri 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

Introduction to Sea Kayaking - Basic Skills

April 4
The North Coast has some of the most scenic and pristine coastline available for sea kayaking. On this one-day excursion in the Humboldt Bay our instructors will cover boat handling, improved paddling efficiency, tides, currents, weather and water safety considerations, and open water pad- dling techniques. This course will prepare you to safely set out on your own adventures. No experience is necessary. 
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Notes: 
We recommend taking Kayak Fundamentals in addition to this course
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • April 2

Stone Lagoon SUP Tour

April 4
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 • April 29

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