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.
 

Introduction to Kayak Rolling

April 12

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

Introduction to Surfing

April 18 - 19

This course offers participants 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.

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 14 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 13

Whitewater Trinity Paddle with Rafting Option

April 18 - 19

Hop into a raft or inflatable kayak and join us for a day of adventure on the scenic Trinity River. Explore exciting whitewater intermixed with serene, relaxing sections ideal for swimming and wildlife viewing. The section of 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 16 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 124
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: 
Monday • April 13

Stone Lagoon Canoe Campout

April 18 - 19
This weekend trip will take place at one of Humboldt Lagoon State Park’s lagoons. We will spend the day paddling across the lagoon in canoes. The rest of the trip will consist of hiking to the beach, paddling around the lagoon or swimming. The evening will consist of preparing dinner, watching the sunset, socializing at the campfire and sleeping outdoors with the waves crashing in the background. This is truly a unique way of spending the weekend with a new group of people in a beautiful and majestic environment. 
Program Fee: 
$60 HSU Students • $75 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Paddle instruction and gear, transportation, and Saturday’s group dinnerInstruction and gear
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 16 • 6:00 – 7:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Saturday • Trip departs 12:00 PM from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus
Location: 
Stone Lagoon
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 15

Sailing Refresher

April 19
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.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 14 • 6:00 PM Recreation & Wellness Center Room 122
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 13

Introduction to Whitewater River Kayaking

Mandatory Pool Dates: April 19; River Dates: April 25 & 26
This course focuses on developing paddling skills to get you started on whitewater kayaking. You will be introduced to the basics of kayaking and a combat roll in the Arcata Community Pool and progress to moving whitewater during a weekend overnight on the Trinity River. The focus will be on boating safety, basic strokes, boat control, hydrology, wet exits, and rolling the kayak. A combination of inflatable kayaks and hardshell kayaks will be used depending on the individual needs and skill progres- sion. Additional activities may include a river safety section that involves the use of basic river safety equipment specifically adapted for kayaking situations.
Prerequisite: 
Intro to Kayak Rolling or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$175 HSU Students • $210 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
instruction, kayaks, river gear, transportation, camping and permit fees. Food NOT included.
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • April 16

Intermediate Surfing

April 25

Are you ready to get out of the whitewater and surf real waves? Join us for the continuation of Introduction to Surfing with a progression of skills from paddling out to the line-up to negotiating the waves. Surf gear is provided, or you're welcome to bring your own. Transportation will be by carpool. 

Prerequisite: 
Introduction to Surfing or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$59 HSU Students • $69 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 21 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 124
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 20

Learn to SUP - Stand Up Paddle

April 25

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
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • April 23

Intermediate Sailing

May 2 - 3

This class is designed to get back on the water and take the skills learned in Introduction to Sailing a step further. The Coronado, a 15-foot sailboat, will be utilized to become more proficient in your sailing techniques and learn the lines of a larger sea craft. The course will also cover water safety, navigation, and the basics of how to sail on your own.

Prerequisite: 
Participants must have completed Introduction to Sailing within the last year. If you completed the Introduction course more than one year ago, Sailing Refresher Course is required. Or instructor approval.
Program Fee: 
$132 HSU Students • $149 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, sailboat & equipment, pfd and wetsuit
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 28 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 122
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool. Camping at Big Lagoon is optional.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 27

Mad River Mouth SUP Tour

May 2 - 3
What can we say? We love the Mad River! Not only does it supply drinking water for over 65% of Humboldt County residents, the estuary is a nearby, beautiful destination for paddlers of all abilities. Experience the diversity of wildlife found in this unique aquatic environment from the deck of a Stand Up Paddleboard and relax on the beach where the river meets the sea. (Location may be subject to change due to river flow.)
Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Stand up paddle instruction, stand up paddle gear, transportation
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 30 • 6:00 PM Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00AM
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

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