Classes & Activities

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Rafting the North Coast

September 27

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.

Program Fee: 
$64 HSU Students • $79 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, permit fees & river equipment
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • September 23 • 6:00 PM • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 8:30 AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus. For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange your pick up at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 22

Recreational Kayaking

September 27

For those interested in learning worry-free flat water paddling. We introduce and paddle stable sit-on-top and pedal-drive kayaks. The instruction and information is beginner level: no rolls, waves or capsizing in this class, just a fun foundation for further kayak adventures.

Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $35 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, kayaks and all necessary gear
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 1:00 PM
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka - next to the Adorni Center).
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 22

Mad River Mouth SUP Tour

September 28
What can we say? We love the Mad River! Not only does it supply drinking water for over 65% of Humboldt County residents, the estuary is a nearby, beautiful destination for paddlers of all abilities. Experience the diversity of wildlife found in this unique aquatic environment from the deck of a Stand Up Paddleboard and relax on the beach where the river meets the sea. (Location may be subject to change due to river flow.)
Program Fee: 
$30 HSU Students • $40 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Stand up paddle instruction, stand up paddle gear, transportation
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 9:00AM
Location: 
Trip departs from the J Parking Lot on HSU Campus.
Notes: 
For those who live in Eureka, please contact us to arrange your pick up at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • September 24

Backpacking the Lost Coast

October 3 - 5

Looking for a bit of a challenge, but aren’t ready to traverse steep mountains? The Lost Coast of southern Humboldt County is an area that is unique to the entire coast of California. It is the largest road less area on this coastline, with 25 miles of dynamic ocean views and un-crowded beaches. This trip takes place on the northern segment of the Lost Coast Trail. Though the trail is moderately level, the soft sand and traverse rocks make it an ideal challenge for any backpacker.

Topics Include: 
Gear, clothing, food, packing and backpacking basics
Program Fee: 
$65 HSU Students • $79 All Others
Program Fee Includes: 
Instruction, camping/permit fees, and instructional materials. Transportation will be by carpool.
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: 
Tuesday • September 30 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Day and Time: 
Trip Departs Friday • 5:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • September 29

Intermediate Surfing: Women's Option

October 4

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. This option is for women taught by women!

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 2 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • October 1

Intermediate Surfing: Women's Option

October 4

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. This option is for women taught by women!

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 2 • 6:00 pm • Recreation & Wellness Center Lobby
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday • October 1

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

Yoga for Stiff People

October 6 - December 10
A friendly yoga class designed to accommodate beginning and intermediate students at any level of flexibility. Designed to promote strength, balance, flexibility and conscious mind/body relaxation. Students are encouraged to practice safely within their personal level of physical fitness and limitation. Every class is ended with a guided relaxation.
Program Fee: 
2 week session fees: $28
Drop-In Fee: 
$7 HSU Students and Seniors over 62, $8 All Others
Day and Time: 
Mondays and Wednesdays • 8:30- 9:30am
Location: 
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501

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