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.
 

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

Introduction to Sailing

April 11 -12

Join Center Activities for two full exhilarating days at Big Lagoon and learn to harness the wind on two of the world's most popular and versatile sail boats. We will utilize the Olympic Class Lasers as well as the fun and user-friendly Pico boats that are ideal for entry-level sailing. Each participant will steer and control their own boat. Skills will include rig- ging, sailing theory, boat maneuvering, launching and capsize recovery.

Program Fee: 
$132 HSU Students • $149 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, sailboat & equipment, pfd and wetsuit
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 7 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 124
Day and Time: 
Saturday and Sunday
Location: 
Big Lagoon
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool. Camping at Big Lagoon is optional.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 6

Learn to SUP - Stand Up Paddle

April 11

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 • April 9

Family Walk-In Kayak Weekend

April 11 and 12

Get your family together for a memorable paddling excursion at an unbeatable value! Kids kayak for free on these Family Fun Weekends. Our staff gives a brief safety talk and introduction to the boats, then your family can cast off our dock to lead your own adventure. 

Program Fee: 
$20 Per Adult, Children paddle free (limit 2 per adult)
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayak, all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Saturday & Sunday of the Month • Drop-in anytime between 11:00 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka

Moonrise Paddle Tour

April 11
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: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 7:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday before the paddle

Moonrise Paddle Tour

April 11
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: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 7:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday before the paddle

Lumberjack Paddle Tour- Humboldt Bay & Samoa Cookhouse

April 12
Join us for a paddle on the Eureka Waterfront and Woodley Island area. This tour will put in at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. There will be plenty of opportunity to view wildlife, paddle and enjoy the waterfront from the bay. It will conclude at the Samoa Cookhouse and Historic Logging Museum for a late all you can eat lunch. 
Program Fee: 
$45 HSU Students • $55 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
transportation, instruction, sea kayaks, gear and meal at Samoa Cookhouse
Day and Time: 
Sunday •10:30 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on the HSU Campus. For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange a meeting time at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • April 9

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