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.


Sunset-Moonrise Paddle

May 21
Come join us for this popular evening paddle and catch a peek of the  evening skies from Humboldt Bay! We will provide a choice of kayaks, warm gear, and experienced guides to facilitate a memorable adventure of the nocturnal wildlife on the bay.

Family Fun Weekend

May 22

Get your family together and get out on Humboldt Bay! Our aquatic staff will outfit you with an appropriate craft, give a brief paddle and safety talk as well as introduce you to the boats, then your family can launch off the dock to lead your own adventure!

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

May 1
Did you ever want to explore Humboldt Bay from a kayak? Our  experienced instructors can give you the skills and confidence to be able to discover this wildlife hot spot with a group or on your own.

Private Sea Kayak Instruction

By Appointment Only
Are you looking to develop your kayaking skills and want an experienced instructor who can meet you where you are at in your progression?

Private Sailing Instruction

By Appointment Only
Sailing is one of the more complex skills to develop and private instruction is a great way to learn, starting from the skill level you are at.

Rig & Rent

By Appointment only
Have you ever dreamed about renting one of our many small sailing crafts to sail at one of our amazing local destinations? Well now is your chance. The Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center is now offering an on-land

Whitewater Raft & Paddle

July 17
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

Outrigger Play Day

August 7th
Come join us for an exciting ride on Humboldt Bay in our very own Outrigger Canoe. Learn about paddling techniques, vessel components, and boat handling.

Humboldt Bay Stand Up Paddle Tour

August 13
Explore the magic of the bay from a stand up paddleboard and meander through the various water trails to view the amazing wildlife up close and personal. The scenery is breathtaking, the paddle is invigorating, and the fun is endless.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness

August 14
Receive all of the benefits of cardio, core and balance training while you escape the walls of the gym for the fresh air of 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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