Classes & Activities

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Women's Backpacking

October 10 - 12

Join us for a backpacking outing specifically catered to women! This trip is ideal for those looking for a chance to enjoy the peace and serenity of the wilderness with an opportunity to make friends with like-minded ladies. The destination will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting. No previous experience necessary!

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$65 HSU Students • $79 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • October 7 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • October 6

ACA Instructor Certification Workshop for Whitewater Kayakers

October 17 - 19 & October 25 - 26
Learn to be a fun, safe, and effective whitewater kayak instructor! This course will help aspiring instructors improve their teaching abilities, while adhering to the ACA’s golden standard of excellence. We will explore teaching styles, as well as student learning styles, practice teaching skills and giving presentations both on and off of the water. The course will cover teaching progressions for hard skills and boating concepts. You will also have lots of opportunity to hone your own personal paddling skills and technique. Candidates are tested on teaching ability, technical knowledge, and the ability to perform rescues and maintain safety. Modeling ability, paddling skill, and communication skills will also be assessed. This class is tons of FUN, and a great opportunity for personal paddling and instructional growth. The ACA is a world-wide organization, dedicated to promoting safety and education in paddle sports, and the golden standard for kayak instruction in the country. For more information about the American Canoe Association and this certification, please visit www.americancanoe.org/?page=Become_an_Instructor.
Program Fee: 
Level 1: $180 HSU Students, $200 All others; Level 2: $280 HSU Students, $300 All others; Level 3: $380 HSU Students, $400 All others; Level 4: $480 HSU Students, $500 All others
Day and Time: 
Level 1 certification concludes at the end of the first weekend. Levels 2 - 4 must attend both weekends. In general, we will meet every morning at 8:30 AM and participants should expect to be on the water until 5:30 pm. Some times and locations may change during the class depending on conditions.
Location: 
October 17: HSU’s Recreation and Wellness Center Room 124 at 8:30 AM ; October 18: Stone Lagoon Visitor Center at 8:30 AM ; October 19: Recreation and Wellness Center’s Room 124 at 8:30 AM; October 25-26: Meeting at TBD at 8:30 AM
Notes: 
Participants will travel to the Trinity River for the weekend. You will have the option of camping out on the river, or commuting to class every day. Participants that cannot provide their own gear will be able to rent from Center Activities at a discounted rate.

Moonrise Paddle Tour

October 11
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: 
$20 HSU Students • $25 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 6:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday before each tour

Intermediate Surfing

October 12

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: 
Thursday • October 9 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • October 8

Eel River Slough & Cock Robin Island Tour

October 12
This tour takes place on the Eel River Slough and Cock Robin Island located just north of Ferndale and west of Loleta. This is an area rich in wildlife as it is influenced by both fresh water flowing from the Eel River and by saltwater coming in and out with the tides. After paddling, we will stop at the local Loleta Cheese Factory for some tasty samples. Additional information will be mailed upon registration.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
transportation, sea kayak instruction, sea kayaks and gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 10:00AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Notes: 
For those living in Arcata, please contact us to arrange transportation to Eureka.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • October 8

EMT Refresher

October 17 - 19

Current or less than 1 year expired NREMT candidates who wish to maintain national certification can also take this course for the "Transition" updated curriculum. Additional prerequisites required for Transition/Refresher candidates. Please contact EMT instructors at hsuemt@gmail.com for additional information.

Prerequisite: 
Current EMT Certification or less than 1 year expired and a current CPR for the Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer
Program Fee: 
$175 HSU Students, $195 All Others
Day and Time: 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location: 
Nelson Hall East 102 • Goodwin Forum
Notes: 
This class does not include a CPR recertification. Please enroll in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer to fulfill this prerequisite if you are not current.

Kayak Classroom

October 17 & 18

Start here. This is a 2-hour classroom-based introduction to kayaking, with a 2-hour on-water follow up the next day. Get the overview, learn the gear, see the boats and set the foundation for safe paddling before you ever get wet. Then take your new knowledge and practice new skills in the protected Humboldt Bay.

Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $45 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Friday 6:00 PM • Saturday 10:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • October 13

Sailing Refresher

October 18
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: 
nstruction, sailboat and equipment, lifejacket and wetsuit.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • October 15 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • October 14

Learn to SUP - Stand Up Paddle

October 18

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 • (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - Next to the Adorni Center.)
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • October 16

Introduction to Rock Climbing: Outdoor

October 18

This course is designed as an introduction to the sport of rock climbing with an emphasis on climbing for enjoyment and health. The course will cover the basic skills needed for technical rock climbing, to include safety considerations, climbing techniques, use of equipment, basic knots, belaying and rappelling.

Program Fee: 
$49 HSU Students, $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • October 16 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • October 15

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