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.
 

Private Kayak Instruction

Wednesdays

Instruction Includes equipment basics, entering and exiting a kayak, and the essentials of a combat roll. Skills are taught based on participant’s level of experience. Preregistration and prepayment are required. 

Program Fee: 
$40 per session
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays • 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Notes: 
Students can stay until 9:00 PM to practice

Drop-In Kayak Roll Session

Wednesdays

This open pool time gives patrons an opportunity to practice basic kayak techniques including paddle strokes, bracing, and the combat roll. Equipment is available to a limited number of people on a first-come, first-served basis. Others may bring their own equipment.

Prerequisite: 
Minimum Age: 15 (parent/guardian must be present for participants under 18)
Drop-In Fee: 
$10
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays • 7:30 - 9:00pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Notes: 
Please call the Arcata Community Pool to register

Climbing Wall Instructor

Cancelled
This course is taught by an American Mountain Guides Association instructor and addresses the basic technical skills necessary to manage an instructional program at a climbing facility. It aims to increase the level of professionalism in indoor climbing and to improve the level of climbing wall instruction, to develop a more consistent standard for climbing instructors, to evaluate the skills of climbing instructors, and to provide guidance for further professional development. The course length is a minimum of 20 hours of instruction, skills demonstration, and evaluation, typically run over 2.5 days. Certification and AMGA membership lasts for three years. For more information visit http://amga.com/climbing-wall-instructor/. More details coming soon!

SUP Fitness Paddle

April 1 - May 10
Get all the benefits of cardio, core and balance training while you escape the walls of the gym for the fresh air of Humboldt Bay. These twice weekly workouts help you reach fitness goals in a supportive yet challenging class.
Program Fee: 
$60 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Drop-In Fee: 
$8 HSU Students • $12 All Others
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays • 5:30 PM & Sundays • 9:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Introduction to Surfing: Women's Option

April 4

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. We will surf where the conditions are best for beginning surfers. This option is for women taught by women!

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • March 31 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • March 30

Introduction to Surfing: Women's Option

April 4

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. We will surf where the conditions are best for beginning surfers. This option is for women taught by women!

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • March 31 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • March 30

Family Fun Weekends

April 11-12, May 9-10 (Mother’s Day), June 20-21 (Father’s Day), July 25-26 & August 8-9

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 Dr., Eureka)

Introduction to Surfing

April 18

This course offers participants 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. We will surf where the conditions are best for beginning surfers.

Program Fee: 
$54 HSU Students • $64 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 14 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • April 13

Whitewater Raft and Paddle on the Trinity River

April 18

Hop into a raft or inflatable kayak and join us for a day of adventure on the scenic Trinity River. Explore exciting whitewater intermixed with serene, relaxing sections ideal for swimming and wildlife viewing. The section of river we choose will be dependent on river flows and conditions. 

Program Fee: 
$65 HSU Students • $75 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Guides, instruction, permit fees & river equipment
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 16 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Room 124
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 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: 
Monday • April 13

Stone Lagoon Canoe Campout

April 18 - 19
This weekend trip will take place at one of Humboldt Lagoon State Park’s lagoons. We will spend the day paddling across the lagoon in canoes. The rest of the trip will consist of hiking to the beach, paddling around the lagoon or swimming. The evening will consist of preparing dinner, watching the sunset, socializing at the campfire and sleeping outdoors with the waves crashing in the background. This is truly a unique way of spending the weekend with a new group of people in a beautiful and majestic environment. 
Program Fee: 
$60 HSU Students • $75 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Paddle instruction and gear, transportation, and Saturday’s group dinnerInstruction and gear
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday • April 16 • 6:00 – 7:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lounge
Day and Time: 
Saturday • Trip departs 12:00 PM from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus
Location: 
Stone Lagoon
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 15

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