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Introduction to Rock Climbing (Level 1) Outdoor

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This course is designed as an introduction to the sport of rock climbing with an emphasis on climbing for enjoyment and health. The course will cover the basic skills needed for technical rock climbing, to include safety considerations, climbing techniques, use of equipment, basic knots, belaying and rappelling.

Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students, $65 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
TBA
Registration Deadline: 
TBA

Weekly Sunset Tours

Every Thursday Through August 14

Join us for a beautiful sunset paddle on the Eureka Waterfront. This is a great way to start your weekend with an after work adventure on the bay! 

Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $35 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayak, all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Thursdays • Tours meet 2 hours before sunset
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
Registration Deadline: 
Each Monday before paddle tour

Women's Introduction to Surfing

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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.

Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students • $60 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
TBA
Registration Deadline: 
TBA

Introduction to Top Rope & Anchoring (Level 2) Outdoor

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This course provides an introduction to top rope climbing and is designed as a continuation of the introduction rock climbing course. Topics discussed will include an in-depth overview of rock climbing safety equipment and understanding of the principles of top rope anchor systems. This course will cover knots for climbers, building and evaluating anchor systems, rappelling on steep terrain and improved climbing technique.

Prerequisite: 
Prospective participants must be top rope belayed certified at the Student Recreation Center or have instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students, $65 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
TBA
Registration Deadline: 
TBA

Weekly Family Fun Day on the Bay

Every Sunday Through August 17

Bring the whole family for a paddle along the Eureka Waterfront! There will be a variety of boats to choose from, a safety orientation and brief introduction to paddling prior to your launch. Enjoy a fun, safe and memorable family adventure on Humboldt Bay!

Program Fee: 
$20 Per Adult, Free for children 50 lbs to age 18 (limit 2 per adult)
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayak, all necessary equipment
Day and Time: 
Every Sunday • 11:00 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center • 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka

Map and Compass Navigation

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Join us as we learn the essential skill set of map and compass based navigation. This course will benefit both the novice navigator as well as those looking to build confidence in their skills. The course includes a combination of classroom presentations and outdoor practical experience that will help you to better plan hikes and backcountry trips. Topics covered include how to interpret topographical maps, the features of a compass, how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass, how to take bearings and triangulate your position using a compass, and how to use a map & compass to navigate to new locations.

Program Fee: 
$35 HSU Students • $50 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, map & compass packet, and all necessary course materials.
Day and Time: 
Thursday • 6:00 - 8:00pm & Saturday • 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby

Introduction to Sport Lead & Traditional Climbing (Level 3) Outdoor

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This course provides an introduction to sport lead climbing as well as traditional climbing and is designed as a continuation of the top rope & anchoring course. Topics covered will include advanced anchor building, lead belaying, rope management, single and multi-pitch descending methods and confidence building strategies.

Prerequisite: 
Prospective participants must be top rope belayed certified at the Student Recreation Center or have instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students, $65 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, all rock climbing equipment and permit fees. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
TBA
Registration Deadline: 
TBA

Intermediate Sailing

April 26 - 27

This class will utilize the Coronado, a 15 foot sailboat, so you can become more proficient in your sailing techniques and learn the lines of a larger sea craft. The course will also cover water safety, navigation, and the basics of how to sail on your own.

Program Fee: 
$135 HSU Students • $150 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, sailboat & equipment, pfd and wetsuit
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • April 22 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday • April 22

Women's Intermediate Surfing

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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.

Prerequisite: 
Introduction to Surfing, Introduction to Women’s Surfing, or instructor approval
Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students • $60 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instructors, surfboard, wetsuit, booties, and instructional materials
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
TBA
Registration Deadline: 
TBA

Women's Backpacking

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Join us for a backpacking outing specifically catered to women! This trip is ideal for those looking for a chance to enjoy the peace and serenity of the wilderness with an opportunity to make friends with like-minded ladies. The destination will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting. No previous experience necessary!

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$65 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
TBA
Registration Deadline: 
TBA

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