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.

This paddle class will be led by our experienced and professional female guiding staff geared... read more!

October 18

this class is designed to get back on the water and take the skills learned in Introduction to... read more!

October 24-25
In this class we will move into more intermediate and advanced sea kayaking topics and skill... read more!
October 24
Paddle the sunny and scenic Mad River from Blue Lake towards the coast through beautiful riparian... read more!
October 24
Join us for an evening paddle and perhaps catch a peek of the full moon over Humboldt Bay. We... read more!
October 25
Come join us to stand up paddle, kayak or canoe around the Humboldt Bay while sporting your... read more!
October 30
This tour takes place on the Eal River Slough and Cock Robin Island located just north of Ferndale... read more!
November 1

This class introduces students to sailing on the bay, as well as how to dock safely, navigate... read more!

November 7


The North Coast has some of the most scenic and pristine coastline available for sea kayaking. On...
October 10
Get a new perspective on paddling while getting a fun workout. Join the growing world of stand up...
October 10
This class is for all levels of sea kayakers looking to improve their basic sea kayaking strokes. ...
October 11
Get your family together for a memorable paddling excursion at an unbeatable value! Kids kayak for...
October 11

Drop-In / Weekly Events

Every Sunday! Get all the benefits of cardio, core, and balance training while you escape the walls...
September 6 - November 15
This class is designed as an introduction to the sport of rock climbing with an emphasis on...
September 6 - November 20
This challenging 30-minute class is specifically designed to target your core and lower body with...
October 19 - November 18
This fitness program combines low-impact cardio and strength exercise. One day each week will...
October 20 - November 19