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.
 

Mad River Paddle

May 2
Paddle the sunny and scenic Mad River from Blue Lake towards the Coast through beautiful riparian habitats rich with wildlife. Gain a new perspective of the watershed that supplies our drinking water. Join our experienced guides for a relaxing float in canoes or kayaks. Bring a packable lunch. 
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
transportation, paddle instruction, and gear
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 30 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 10:00 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on the HSU Campus. For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange a meeting time at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 29

Family Walk-In Kayak Weekend

May 9 and 10 (Mother's Day)

Get your family together for a memorable paddling excursion at an unbeatable value! Kids kayak for free on these Family Fun Weekends. Our staff gives a brief safety talk and introduction to the boats, then your family can cast off our dock to lead your own adventure. 

Program Fee: 
$20 Per Adult, Children paddle free (limit 2 per adult)
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayak, all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Saturday & Sunday • Drop-in anytime between 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka

Moonrise Paddle Tour

May 16
Come for a Saturday evening paddle and watch the moon rise through the Humboldt Bay mist. We provide a choice of kayak or canoe and experienced guides to run these short hour and a half adventures.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 7:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • May 14

Moonrise Paddle Tour

May 16
Come for a Saturday evening paddle and watch the moon rise through the Humboldt Bay mist. We provide a choice of kayak or canoe and experienced guides to run these short hour and a half adventures.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 7:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday before the paddle

Moonrise Paddle Tour

May 16
Come for a Saturday evening paddle and watch the moon rise through the Humboldt Bay mist. We provide a choice of kayak or canoe and experienced guides to run these short hour and a half adventures.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 7:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • May 14

Graduation Rafting the North Coast

May 17

Celebrate graduation and all your hard work with a day of adventure on one of the North Coast’s premier stretches Class III whitewater, intermixed with serene, relaxing sections ideal for swimming and wildlife viewing. The river we choose will be dependent on river flows and conditions. Guests and family members are welcome.
 

Program Fee: 
$64 HSU Students • $79 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, permit fees & river equipment
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 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: 
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

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
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • May 14

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