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.
 

Graduation Paddle

May 17
Come celebrate your hard work with your family and friends with a relaxing paddle on the Humboldt Bay. This tour will give you the seals-eye view of our local treasures; from Eureka Waterfront to Woodley Marina and beyond. We take kayaks and canoes for this brief morning or afternoon paddle. 
Program Fee: 
$20 HSU Students • $25 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 10:30 AM or 1:30 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • May 14

Graduation Paddle

May 17
Come celebrate your hard work with your family and friends with a relaxing paddle on the Humboldt Bay. This tour will give you the seals-eye view of our local treasures; from Eureka Waterfront to Woodley Marina and beyond. We take kayaks and canoes for this brief morning or afternoon paddle. 
Program Fee: 
$20 HSU Students • $25 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 10:30 AM or 1:30 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • May 14

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

May 23, June 13, July 18, or August 8
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: 
Saturdays • May 23 - 9:30 AM • June 13 - 9:30 AM July 18 - 12:30 PM • August 8 - 9:30 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka)
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday before the course.

Kinetic Paddle

May 24
Watch from a canoe or kayak as the brave kinetic sculpture pilots launch their all-terrain human powered art sculpture vessels into the Humboldt Bay as they race towards their next destination in the renowned Kinetic Sculputure Championship. 
Program Fee: 
Standard Rental prices apply
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 9:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka)
Notes: 
Advanced reservations recommended but not required.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • March 25

Kinetic Paddle

May 24
Watch from a canoe or kayak as the brave kinetic sculpture pilots launch their all-terrain human powered art sculpture vessels into the Humboldt Bay as they race towards their next destination in the renowned Kinetic Sculputure Championship. 
Program Fee: 
Standard Rental prices apply
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 9:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka)
Notes: 
Advanced reservations recommended but not required.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • March 25

Sailing Refresher & Play Day

June 14
This class is designed for those who have sailed before but haven’t been out in a while. This one day course will review rigging, sailing theory, boat maneuvers, and give you the chance to practice your skills on Big Lagoon. Sailboats will be Lazers and Picos.
Prerequisite: 
Participants must have previous sailing experience.
Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students • $62 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, sailboat and equipment, lifejacket and wetsuit.
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 9:00 AM
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • June 8

Introduction to Sailing

June 27 - 28

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: 
Thursday • June 25 • 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 • June 22

Sea Kayak & Rescue Safety

June 27

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
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka)
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • June 25

Canoe the Slough

June 27
We will launch our canoes from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and travel up the beautiful Freshwater Slough. As we paddle through this riparian habiat rich with wildlife, you will get the opportunity to spot some of the thousands of birds claimed to feed and nest in this scenic wetland. Bring packable snacks and binoculars if you have them. 
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Paddle instruction, and all necessary paddling gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka)
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • June 25

Stone Lagoon SUP Tour

June 27
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: 
Saturday • 9:30 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on the 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 • June 24

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