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.
 

Homecoming Paddle

October 4
This tour will give you the seals-eye view of our local treasures; from the Eureka Waterfront to Woodley Marina and beyond. We take kayaks and canoes on Humboldt Bay for a brief spin out the front door of the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. Choose a morning or lunchtime paddle.
Program Fee: 
$20 HSU Students • $25 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00 AM or 12:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • October 1

Sea Kayaking on the Bay

October 5
Paddle the unique Humboldt Bay in a traditional sit-in sea kayak. This beginner level course explores on-water kayaking techniques and safety. With the basics of paddle strokes and proper boat fit as well as local considerations such as tide and wind, we will confidently “put in” for a two hour course.
Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
sea kayak instruction, sea kayaks and gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 10:00 AM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 29

Kayak Basics & Safety

October 5

This pool based course will provide a fun and safe environment to learn the base line skills no kayaker should be without. Our experienced guides will support your introduction to a variety of paddle strokes, boat handling, bracing, and 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 to learn and practice the skills necessary for a combat roll.

Program Fee: 
$34 HSU Students • $49 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 4:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool
Registration Deadline: 
Thursday • October 2

Eureka Slough Canoe Tour

October 11
From Wiyot tribal history to Alexander von Humboldt, there is no better way to connect the past and present than to canoe the waterway at our doorstep. This 3-hour tour gets you behind the scenes of storefronts and into the natural ebb and flow of timeless Nature.
Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction and gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 2:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - across from the Adorni Center)

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

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 7 • 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

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