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.
See You on the Water!
Are you ready to get out of the whitewater and surf real waves? Join us for the continuation of the Introduction to Surfing class 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.
Join us for a paddle on the Eel River Slough and Cock Robin Island located just 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.
Join us for a day of adventure on one of the North Coast’s premier stretches of Class III whitewater, intermixed with serene, relaxing sections ideal for swimming and wildlife viewing. The river we choose will be dependent on river flows and conditions.
Are you ready to get out of the whitewater and surf real waves? Join us for the continuation of the Introduction to Surfing class 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.
Get ready for one of the most amazing wild and scenic stretches of river around. This trip will give you the experience of a life time rafting 47 miles of the Eel River with little to no civilization around. This three night, four day, remote trip will give you the thrill of boating through Class III whitewater, intermixed with serene, viewing wildlife, and camping on beautiful river beaches. 20% off to graduating students!