About Recreation


UC San Diego Recreation is dedicated to enhancing wellness, fitness and quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and the community, by providing facilities, programs, activities and the opportunity to participate in cooperative and competitive programs, Recreation provides life-long fitness and wellness opportunities.

Recreation facilities are available at RIMAC (with weight room, activity rooms, arena, auxiliary gym, wellness studio); Main Gym (with weight room, basketball courts, cycling room, gymnastics area, private pilates and massage rooms, indoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis and basketball courts); Canyonview Athletic Complex (two outdoor pools, weight room, climbing center); Challenge Course, Outback Rental Shop; Outback Surf Shop.

Our programs encompass a variety of areas, including Informal Recreation (basketball, volleyball, swimming, racquetball, tennis, weight room exercise); Intramural Sports (30 different on-campus organized team sports); FitLife (cardio and conditioning classes, yoga, pilates, personal wellness, workshops, massage, Walk UCSD); Masters Programs (coached swimming, running and triathlon programs); Mission Bay Aquatic Center (classes and rentals for a variety of water sports in Pacific Beach); Outback Adventures (hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rockclimbing, surfing outings and clinics, Challenge Course, Wilderness Orientation and Group Adventures); Rec Classes (fun and games, aquatics, dance safety sports, martial arts, children and youth classes and more); Sports Clubs (24 competitive clubs); and Rec Clubs.

In addition, Recreation provides the opportunity for the hundreds of students who are employed in Recreation to learn leadership, management and interpersonal skills in a positive wellness oriented environment.

For faculty, staff and community, Recreation provides instruction, coaching, support, stress reduction, injury prevention and enhanced health and wellness in a variety of lifetime sports and fitness activities. 

Recreation Connect

Recreation News

  1. Zumbamania! Created (Dec 10)

    Friday, Feb 6, 7-9pm, Main Gym. FREE 90 minute Zumba class. Show your support and wear red while you dance your booty off for a cause! 

  2. Climb for Free Week Created (Dec 10)

    Monday-Friday, Jan 5-9, Outback Climbing Center @ Canyonview. Meet new people and climb for FREE! It's on the house (rental equipment IS included). 

  3. Intro to Harmonica Created (Dec 10)

    Saturday, Feb 7, 11am-12:30pm. In this quick & dirty hands-on workshop learn the basics of playing the "harp" and pick up some starter tunes to entertain your friends. 


  4. Superbowl a la Mexicana Created (Dec 10)

    Monday, January 26, 5-7pm. Learn to make easy Mexican sides like Mexican rice, Poblano rajas and great salsa for dipping. Just in time for Super Bowl festivities! Register here. 


  5. FitLife Personal Session Gift Certificates Created (Dec 10)

    Trying to find the perfect gift for your suitemate, colleague or friend? FitLife offers Personal Session gift certificates perfect for the holiday season. Gift certificates can be purchased at the RIMAC Sales Desk for Private Massage, Personal Pilates and Nutrition Counseling. 


  6. Masters Beginners Triathlon Clinic Created (Dec 4)

    If one of your New Year’s fitness goals includes completing a triathlon, make a plan to train and succeed by joining UCSD Masters Sports Beginners' Triathlon Clinic. The 12-week program is under the direction of our Head Triathlon Coach, Terry Martin, a 9-time Hawaii Ironman competitor and participant in over 200 triathlons.All training is on campus and includes swimming workouts at Canyonview Pool, running workouts at the North Campus Track and triathlon turbo bike training.Register now! For more information, email Terry Martin at tpmartin@ucsd.edu.

  7. Outback Climbing Center Created (May 23)

    Open to students, staff, faculty and community for drop-in climbing, membership and private rentals. Click here for more info!

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