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.


Rafting the North Coast

May 1

Join us for 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.

Introduction to Surfing

April 9
This course offers students 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.

Sea Kayaking Basics - On Land!

March 23
This 2-hour on-land session will be held at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and focus on the anatomy of boats, proper outfitting and gear, and everything else you need to know before you get your toes wet.

Introduction to Kayak Rolling

July 24

This course will initially concentrate on learning improved bracing and 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.

Traverse the Bay -Cancelled (Weather)

March 5

After traveling the 101 so many times, have you ever thought about touring Humboldt Bay on a kayak? Join us as we launch at the Manilla Boat Ramp and travel 4 hours with the tide toward our final destination of the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.

Women on the Water (No Longer Available: Low Enrollment)

April 16

We create a welcoming environment for women to come together to learn skills, gain confidence and allow fears to fall-away in a fun, safe and supportive all female environment.  This small group paddle will  prepare you for the wonderful world of kayaking and introduce you to the kayaking communi

Paddle Strokes Seminar (No Longer Available: Low Enrollment)

April 17

This class is for all levels of sea kayakers looking to improve their  paddling strokes for maximum boat handling ability. This one 

Introduction to Sea Kayaking - On Land

June 8

This two-hour on-land session will focus on the anatomy of boats, proper outfitting, gear and everything else you need to know before you get your toes wet. This is a great way to feel more comfortable and confident about the sport before your first kayaking lesson.

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboard

March 26

Join the growing world of Stand up paddling - it’s easy and fun! The course is designed to introduce the sport of stand up paddle boarding in a calm, enjoyable, flat water setting.

Stand Up Paddle Fitness

April 3 - May1

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



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