River and Sea Kayaking Instruction

From the rivers to the ocean, the north coast is an amazing place for all your kayaking adventures. We have highly trained instructors that are passionate about paddling and getting more people involved in our local paddling community. We have an extensive curriculum that will teach you everything you need to know to get started and be safe.


 

Private Kayak Instruction
$30 per-person / per-hour dependent on location, trip details and group size.
Minimum 2 hours

River Kayaking Series

Spring Semester

The River Kayaking Series includes: Introduction to Kayak Fundamentals, Kayak Roll Session and Introduction to River Kayaking. See course descriptions for dates and times.

Program Fee: 
$170 HSU Students • $225 All Others

Sea Kayaking Series

Spring Semester

The Sea Kayaking Series includes Kayaking Fundamentals, Introduction to Sea Kayaking and the choice of 2 additional kayaking instructional courses. See course descriptions for dates and times.

Program Fee: 
$145 HSU Students • $205 All Others

Kayak Roll Drop-In Practice

Spring Semester

This class gives participants 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, firstserved basis. Others may bring their own equipment. Contact the Arcata Community Pool to register.

Program Fee: 
$10.00
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool, 1150 16th Street, Arcata
Notes: 
Minimum Age: 15 (parent/guardian must be present for participants under 18)

Introduction to Sea Kayaking: Basic Skills

April 19 or May 10

This all day on-water intensive course explores the skills which create the foundation for sea kayaking. Instruction will cover advanced boat handling, improved paddling efficiency, weather and water safety considerations, and open water paddling techniques.

Program Fee: 
$40 HSU Students • $55 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Thursday before each course • 5:00 pm • Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesdays before each course

Introduction to River Kayaking

April 26 - 27

This weekend kayak expedition is to one of our beautiful local rivers and will create a base foundation for river kayaking. You will learn river dynamics, eddy turns, peel outs, river ferrying, river rescues and safety and practice all the skills learned in the prior classes on the river.

Prerequisite: 
Kayak Roll Session or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$105 HSU Students • $130 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks, all necessary gear and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • April 23 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Saturday - Sunday • April 26 - 27
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • April 23

Kayak Fundamentals

June 8

This course will provide a fun and safe environment to learn the baseline skills no kayaker should be without. Topics will include boat anatomy, kayak fit, and essential equipment. Our experienced guides will support your introduction to a variety of paddle strokes, boat handling, bracing, safety considerations with an emphasis on injury prevention, and then spend the majority of the time working on self and assisted rescues after a capsize. Time permitting, kayakers will have an opportunity learn and practice the skills necessary for a combat roll.

Program Fee: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 4:30 - 8:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • June 5

Kayak Roll Session

June 15 & 22

This course will initially concentrate on learning improved bracing. 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. If one of these dates doesn’t work with your schedule please contact us about private kayak roll instruction.

Program Fee: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Sundays • 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • June 13

Introduction to River Kayaking

July 12

This course will cover the basics of whitewater kayaking and give you an overview of river travel and safety. The outing includes an exciting and informative day of kayaking on one of the local rivers, the exact location depending on flows. You will learn to read water and understand basic river orientation. Instruction will cover eddy turns, peel outs, river ferrying and paddling techniques. Additional activities may include a river safety section that involves the use of basic river safety equipment specifically adapted for kayaking situations.

Prerequisite: 
Kayak Fundamentals & Kayak Roll Session, or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$55
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks, all necessary gear and permit fees
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Wednesday • July 10 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Drop-in Lounge
Day and Time: 
Saturday • July 12
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • July 9

Kayak Fundamentals

July 20

This course will provide a fun and safe environment to learn the baseline skills no kayaker should be without. Topics will include boat anatomy, kayak fit, and essential equipment. Our experienced guides will support your introduction to a variety of paddle strokes, boat handling, bracing, safety considerations with an emphasis on injury prevention, and then spend the majority of the time working on self and assisted rescues after a capsize. Time permitting, kayakers will have an opportunity learn and practice the skills necessary for a combat roll.

Program Fee: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 4:30 - 8:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • July 17

Kayak Roll Session

August 3 & 10

This course will initially concentrate on learning improved bracing. 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. If one of these dates doesn’t work with your schedule please contact us about private kayak roll instruction.

Program Fee: 
$40
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Sundays • 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • July 31
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