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.

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
Join us for a paddle on beautiful Stone Lagoon located along the coast north of Trinidad. This... read more!
October 4

Progress your paddling skills in this fun and safe environment with this class that focuses on... read more!

October 4
This 2-hour on-land session will be held at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and focus on the... read more!
October 7
This course focuses on developing paddling skills to get you started on whitewater kayaking. You... read more!
Mandatory Pool Date: October 4; River Dates: October 10 - 11
The North Coast has some of the most scenic and pristine coastline available for sea kayaking. On... read more!
October 10

Get a new perspective on paddling while getting a fun workout. Join the growing world of stand... read more!

October 10


Join us for an evening paddle and perhaps catch a peek of the full moon over Humboldt Bay. We...
August 29
This paddle class will be led by our experienced and professional female guiding staff geared...
August 30
If you are looking for an activity that provides a good workout with the benefit of learning a...
August 31 - October 14
This 2-hour on-land session will be held at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and focus on the...
September 2

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