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The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is a cooperative operation of the Associated Students Inc. of California State University, Sacramento, the University Union of Sac State, California Division of Boating and Waterways, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The center was established in 1981 and has provided instruction to thousands of students. The center offers university kinesiology classes, leisure classes for the general public, competitive teams, and a series of progressive summer camps and youth programs. The center was established to augment the academic curriculum at Sacramento State. The Aquatic Center is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Sac State as well as the general public. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Sac State receive a discount with their Sac State identification card. Our facility occupies eight acres of land and is one of the finest in the state. Features include: beach area, picnic tables, barbeques, four docks, classrooms, and convenient parking.

The Aquatic Center is a regional boating instruction safety center as part of a program funded by the California Department of Boating and Waterways. The Department of Boating and Waterways funds boating facilities, boating safety education, and supports boating law enforcement in California. A portion of the equipment at the center is provided by the department to enhance boating safety education in California.

Our Mission

To provide high quality boating and safety programs through education, recreation, and competition.

AC Values

Assure the public a safe environment
Provide Quality instruction
Understand and respect our partnerships
Accountability to ourselves and each other
Team work…together everyone achieves more
Integrity in all things we do
Customer service and satisfaction is our goal.

Focus on Safety

The National Safe Boating Council and Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA) awarded the Boating Education Advancement Award (BEAA) to Sacramento State Aquatic Center. This award recognizes organizations that have developed and successfully implemented programs that:

  • Enhance the image and recognition of boating safety efforts
  • Share success stories for the betterment of safe boating
  • Create a closer partnership between national, state and local boating education organizations
  • Promote the theme of the National Safe Boating Campaign

Community Support

The Aquatic Center has been the cooperative effort of California State University, Sacramento, Associated Students Inc., The University Union, California Department of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Community that has made us a nationally recognized facility.

It is our mission to provide the highest quality boating instruction through education, recreation, and competition. In that pursuit of excellence, we solicit your continued support. There are numerous opportunities for individuals, families, small businesses, and corporations to get involved. The success of the Aquatic Center is directly attributed to the numerous donations both financially and gifts-in-kind we have received. With your continued support together we will continue to provide experiences we know you will enjoy.

For more information, contact the Aquatic Center at (916) 278-2842 or email aquaticenter@csus.edu


Contact Us

Sacramento State Aquatic Center

A Program of Associated Students, Inc.

1901 Hazel Avenue
Gold River, California 95670
916-Aquatic (916-278-2842)
Fax 916 278-1105


Aquatic Center Calendar


Aquatic Center Memberships

Aquatic Center memberships are open to the public and include reduced rates for classes and boat rentals, as well as access to the weight room and indoor rowing machines. A more detailed explanation is listed under each member below.




Come be a part of the Aquatic Center team.  Please click on the position to learn more about, read qualifications and apply online. The Aquatic Center, as a department of Associated Students, Inc, provides employment opportunities to Sac State students but positions are open to non-students as well.

ASI COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

1) declaration of current COVID-19 vaccination status (with an Approved Vaccine’s last required dose, including boosters); or

2) declaration of Medical Exemption; or


Supporting Partners

California Division of Boating & Waterways logo

The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is a national boating safety center as part of a program funded by the California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways.  The Division of Boating & Waterways funds boating facilities, boating safety education and supports boating law enforcement in California.  A portion of the equipment at the Center is provided by the Department to enhance boating safety education in California. 


Volunteer with Us!


Aquatic Center previous campers ages 14 to 17 invited to participate in our C.I.T program is an amazing opportunity to learn teamwork, responsibility, and the satisfaction that accompanies a job well done.  CITs not only help create outstanding experiences for our campers, they develop many amazing memories of their own.  Interviews for these volunteers positions will take place in May. 

Summer Camp Program Instructor Trainee (C.I.T.)