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Sailing Refresher

April 19
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: 
instruction, sailboat and equipment, lifejacket and wetsuit.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 14 • 6:00 PM Recreation & Wellness Center Room 122
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 13

Introduction to Whitewater River Kayaking

Mandatory Pool Dates: April 19; River Dates: April 25 & 26
This course focuses on developing paddling skills to get you started on whitewater kayaking. You will be introduced to the basics of kayaking and a combat roll in the Arcata Community Pool and progress to moving whitewater during a weekend overnight on the Trinity River. The focus will be on boating safety, basic strokes, boat control, hydrology, wet exits, and rolling the kayak. A combination of inflatable kayaks and hardshell kayaks will be used depending on the individual needs and skill progres- sion. Additional activities may include a river safety section that involves the use of basic river safety equipment specifically adapted for kayaking situations.
Prerequisite: 
Intro to Kayak Rolling or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$175 HSU Students • $210 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
instruction, kayaks, river gear, transportation, camping and permit fees. Food NOT included.
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • April 16

Intermediate Surfing

April 25

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: 
Tuesday • April 21 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 124
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 20

Learn to SUP - Stand Up Paddle

April 25

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 • April 23

Intermediate Sailing

May 2 - 3

This class is designed to get back on the water and take the skills learned in Introduction to Sailing a step further. The Coronado, a 15-foot sailboat, will be utilized to become more proficient in your sailing techniques and learn the lines of a larger sea craft. The course will also cover water safety, navigation, and the basics of how to sail on your own.

Prerequisite: 
Participants must have completed Introduction to Sailing within the last year. If you completed the Introduction course more than one year ago, Sailing Refresher Course is required. Or instructor approval.
Program Fee: 
$132 HSU Students • $149 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, sailboat & equipment, pfd and wetsuit
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 28 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 122
Notes: 
Transportation will be by carpool. Camping at Big Lagoon is optional.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 27

Mad River Mouth SUP Tour

May 2 - 3
What can we say? We love the Mad River! Not only does it supply drinking water for over 65% of Humboldt County residents, the estuary is a nearby, beautiful destination for paddlers of all abilities. Experience the diversity of wildlife found in this unique aquatic environment from the deck of a Stand Up Paddleboard and relax on the beach where the river meets the sea. (Location may be subject to change due to river flow.)
Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Stand up paddle instruction, stand up paddle gear, transportation
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 30 • 6:00 PM Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus.
Notes: 
For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange your pick up at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 29

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 • 12:00 PM
Location: 
Sunday • 10:00 AM 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 of the Month • Drop-in anytime between 11:00 - 4:00pm
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 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 (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday before the paddle

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