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.
 

In this class we will move into more intermediate and advanced sea kayaking topics and skill... read more!
September 26

Join us for a day of adventure on one of the North Coast’s premier stretches Class III... read more!

September 26

This class is for all levels of sea kayakers looking to improve their basic sea kayaking strokes... read more!

September 27

This course will initially concentrate on learning improved bracing. From there we will progress... read more!

September 27
Join us for an evening paddle and perhaps catch a peek of the full moon over Humboldt Bay. We... read more!
September 27
This class is designed for those who have sailed before but haven’t been out in a while. This one... read more!
October 3

Are you ready to get out of the whitewater and surf real waves? Join us for the continuation of... read more!

October 4
This class is designed for those who have sailed before but haven’t been out in a while. This one... read more!
October 4
 

EVENTS

This 2-hour on-land session will be held at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and focus on the...
September 2
This course offers students the opportunity to safely learn and enjoy the sport of surfing!...
September 5
The North Coast has some of the most scenic and pristine coastline available for sea kayaking. On...
September 5
Get a new perspective on paddling while getting a fun workout. Join the growing world of stand up...
September 5

Drop-In / Weekly Events

Get all the benefits of cardio, core, and balance training while you escape the walls of the gym...
September 6 - November 29
Every Sunday
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...
September 7 - October 8