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Wilderness First Responder Recertification with Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS

March 20 - 22
This three day scenario based course may be used to recertify a WFR certification. You must possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification of least 70 hours to recertify through a WFR Recertification course. It is your responsibility to make sure your certification meets this standard. WMI certifications will be afforded a one-year period after expiration within which to recertify. This course will also recertify those who hold a valid WEMT (wilderness portion only) or WAFA certification. If recertifying, you must submit a photocopy of your current certification card(s) on the first day of the course.
Program Fee: 
$225 HSU Students • $260 All Others
Day and Time: 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 8:00 AM -5:00 P M
Location: 
HSU Campus • Nelson Hall East 102 • Goodwin Forum
Notes: 
You will be required to pay a 50% deposit to secure a space in the class.
Early Bird Discount: 
A discount of $5 will be given for those who register before TBA
Registration Deadline: 
TBA • unless spaces are not filled

Introduction to Top Rope & Anchoring: Outdoor Option

March 28

This course provides an introduction to top rope climbing and is designed as a continuation of the introduction rock climbing course. Topics discussed will include an in-depth overview of rock climbing safety equipment and understanding of the principles of top rope anchor systems. This course will cover knots for climbers, building and evaluating anchor systems, rappelling on steep terrain and improved climbing technique.

Prerequisite: 
Prospective participants must be top rope belayed certified at the Student Recreation Center or have instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$49 HSU Students, $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • March 26 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • March 25

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

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

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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