Aquatic Adventures

Explore the bay on a kayak, canoe or a stand up paddle board, learn and advance your sailing technique, pick up surfing or join a whitewater adventure. Our group activites are offered at great prices and get you on on the water, enjoying nature and making new friends. Private Aquatic Instruction is also available as well as private group tours and aquatic gear rentals.

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.

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.


Shellback Paddle Experience: SUP Lessons & Skills

September 17 - 18

From beginner introductory lessons to advanced board control workshops, Shellback has the lesson plan that will help you get to your next level of SUP paddling skills. Learn correct bio-mechanical technique for good body posture and movement, balance and fitness.

Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor Certification

September 16 - 18

Participation in an ACA ICW- Instructor Certification Workshop, will teach the candidate the skills necessary to teach SUP beginner (Level 1) and intermediate (Level 2) students using the industry leading, time-tested ACA system.

Stand Up Paddle Fitness (No Longer Available)

September 18 - October 23

Receive all the benefits of cardio, core and balance training while you escape the monotony of the gym for the fresh air of the Humboldt Bay. This weekly morning SUP session will take you on a progressive fitness regimen, and help you reach your goals in a supportive yet challenging class.



Learn wet felting basics including the mechanics of felting wool and how to handle wool roving. In...
September 28
Join us for a paddle on the Mad River mouth, located at the end of the Mad River. There will be...
October 1
The Aquatic Center’s professional team will cover basic equipment, boat handling, forward, reverse...
October 1
Are you ready to get out of the whitewater and surf real waves? Join us for the continuation of...
October 1