Fall Catalog 2020 - 2021



While we are all learning and working from home at the start of the school year, we are committed to offering diverse recreational opportunities that inspire health and wellbeing. Whether socially distanced in the facility, Open-Air fitness classes, or virtual recreation, you can do you with Stanford Recreation and Wellness. Through our programs, services, and facilities, we encourage our visitors and participants to pursue balanced and active lifestyles to help them reach their personal, professional, and educational goals.

What have we been doing?

Planning for the 2020-2021 academic year was challenging, with the current restrictions in place due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Our team has gone great lengths to keep our promise to provide recreation and well-being resources for the Stanford community. We have redesigned the way we stay active by bringing Stanford Recreation and Wellness to you and ensure our students, faculty/staff, and community can comfortably and safely use our services.

You Do You.

What can we do for you?

As a member of the Stanford Community, you have many perks available and access to our numerous program offerings and facilities on campus, and now online through virtual recreation! Access varies based on your affiliation with the University.

Useful Information

Acronyms to know

  • AOERC = Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center
  • ACSR = Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation
  • ARP = Avery Recreation Pool (located within the AOERC)
  • AAC = Avery Aquatic Center
  • IMs = Intramurals
  • SUID = Stanford ID Card
  • SRWC = Stanford Redwood City

Accessing the Facilities

As a reminder, please fill out the Stanford Health Check 1-2 hours before you enter any Stanford Facility. Please watch our AOERC Facility Walkthrough before you visit! We have new policies and guidelines to make sure you are protecting yourself and others during your time at the facility.

Scan and Go!

Simply tap your Stanford ID card or other access cards on the convenient scanners located at the front desk of both the AOERC and ACSR to enter the facilities. Remember to bring your ID with you for every visit. Staff at the front desk are available to answer any questions if needed. If you need an ID card, please visit this page to learn how to obtain one.

How to Register for Programs and Reservations

Even though our program offerings are limited to COVID-19, all registration for recreation classes, fitness passes, adventure programs, workout times, and lane reservations take place online. Make sure you know your SUNet ID to login to our registration portals. You can learn how to register with this tutorial or go directly to our registration portal: recwell.stanford.edu

Stay in touch!

We are active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! We post relevant updates regarding virtual fitness classes, hour changes, and feature some of our awesome community members! Join our email newsletter to stay up to date on all the latest Stanford Recreation news and announcements. Be the first to hear about registration dates, new program offerings, and enjoy free giveaways! Click here to sign up!

Stanford Recreation and Wellness Reopening Playbook

Fall Fitness

We strive to offer challenging and fun fitness programs for our entire Stanford Community. Whether you are looking to try something new or want to push it to the limits, we have something for every fitness level. We have many in-person and virtual options for our Fitness Programs, so you can do what makes you feel best!

The AOERC Fitness Center BACK!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is HERE! The AOERC Fitness Center is now open at 10% capacity – make a reservation today! Reservations will be available online 24 hours in advance. We are open 8 AM - 8 PM, Monday – Friday, and 12-5 PM on weekends. We are excited to have you back!

Strength Training Moat

* Pool Deck Cardio is now discontinued, you can find our cardio equipment in the Fitness Center *

The Strength Training Moat is just outside the downstairs fitness center at the AOERC. We have dumbbells (3-50 lbs), barbells (5-15 lbs), Reebok benches, and rowers available for use at the moat!

Open-Air Fitness

We are pleased to offer in-person group fitness classes for the Fall Quarter! We will be holding our group fitness classes with the help from our certified instructors at outside our facilities on the Main Campus! Join in on the fun while staying safe and socially distanced. All of our programs will ensure a minimum of 6-feet physical distancing between individuals is maintained at all times. Staff and participants must wear a face covering at all times.

Registration is open! View our schedule and pricing on our Open-Air Fitness page!

Virtual Fitness Classes

Enjoy structured workouts and expert guidance from certified instructors from the comfort of your own home with our virtual fitness classes! Get up off the couch and try something different and fun! No equipment is required to participate in our classes! Visit rec.stanford.edu/virtualfitness to view our schedule and register!

Recreational Fitness Classes

We are offering currently Ashtanga Yoga Recreational Fitness Classes. We will be offering Golf in the second session. More details about scheduling and pricing soon to come!

Personal Training

Work with our certified personal trainers to craft the perfect workout routines for your personalized goals while properly social distancing. More details about Personal Training will come soon, stay tuned!


Stanford Aquatics typically offers recreational swimming at two outdoor campus locations. The Avery Aquatic Center (AAC) (NOT currently available for rec swim) is located in the center of the Stanford Athletic's facilities and is home to Stanford's varsity swim programs. The Avery Recreation Pool, located at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) on Roble Field, is a 25-meter pool for recreational swimming and instructional classes.

Avery Rec Pool

Avery Aquatic Center

The Avery Aquatic Center is open seasonally

Rec Swim

Eligible Stanford Affiliates can use our aquatic facilities during Rec Swim hours throughout the year. There are no additional fees to access the pools. Please reserve a lane 24 hours ahead of time at rec.stanford.edu/aquatics. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NEW: Splash and Dash

Our summer Splash and Dash zones divide the pool into two zones that can be shared with members of the same household/living unit. In Splash and Dash zones, you can have some family fun by taking a dip in the pool, relax and cool off with your roommates on a hot summer day or come by yourself and enjoy the water! Splash and Dash zones are NOT for lap swim. You can reserve a Splash and Dash zone 24 hours ahead of time at rec.stanford.edu/aquatics.

Family Swim Hours

Starting Monday, 9/21, we are adding Family Swim Hours for those who are under the age of 18 on Saturday-Sunday 12PM - 5PM.

Lifeguard Certification

Want an awesome on-campus job as a lifeguard? Don't forget to get certified! Lifeguard certifications are held September 28 - October 2.

Adventure Programs

Outdoor Education

Learn valuable outdoor skills and adventure sports through our Outdoor Education Courses available for Stanford students (see Axxess for course enrollment)! This fall we are offering a limited number of courses in outdoor education due to COVID-19:

  • Outdoor 103 Foundations of Outdoor Education – 2 units – online
  • EMED 124: Wilderness First Aid – 3 units – online
  • EMED 110: Basic Cardiac Life Support and First Aid – 1 unit – online

Outdoor Clinics

Our outdoor clinics are non-credit offerings that will be conducted in an outdoor setting and following COVID-19 precautions, including wearing masks and adhering to social distancing. These clinics are open to anyone who has a valid SUID, courtesy card, or valid Rec Pass. You must be able to tag into the AOERC building and will be required to complete the Stanford Health Check before attending a clinic session.

  • Beyond the Basics: Zombie Apocalypse Survival
  • Build Your Own Med Kit
  • Camp Stove Gourmet
  • Foot Care
  • How to Pack for the Backcountry
  • Top Rope Anchors
  • Weekend Trip Planning

Visit our Courses & Clinics page to learn more! Registration is now OPEN!

Outdoor Center

The Outdoor Center is home to a full-service rental and retail facility, a lounge, an outdoor resource library, a trip planning area, a multimedia classroom, and one of the most substantial collegiate climbing walls in the country. We invite you to come rent gear and plan a trip. For current hours, please visit rec.stanford.edu/gear-rentals as hours can change during the quarter.

Adventure Trips

The Adventure Program offers exciting outdoor trips, courses, and clinics each quarter and over intersession breaks for students, staff/faculty, and community members.

Our Adventure Trip program is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. We are hoping that the situation with coronavirus will improve and we will soon be able to offer our student-led adventure-based weekend experiences. Trips vary in difficulty from easy to strenuous and can range from single to multi-day events. With past destinations like Point Reyes, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite, this is an excellent opportunity to see some of the country's best areas.

Becoming a Trip Leader

If you’re interested in leading future instances of SPOT or other Adventure Trips, plan to save room in your schedule each quarter and sign up for the below for-credit outdoor courses. You’ll gain practical outdoor knowledge and valuable leadership skills. Check Explore Courses each quarter for our current offerings.

Course Requirements to become a Trip Leader:

  • Outdoor 103: Foundations of Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor 106: Outdoor Leadership Practicum
  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder

Physical Education


We educate, motivate and support Stanford students to live a healthy, active lifestyle. We encourage the development of an embodied practice in all aspects of wellness.


Our goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to learn new skills and concepts through a variety of non-competitive lifelong physical activity courses such as fitness, weight training, aquatics, racquet sports, golf, horsemanship, etc. These courses are tailored to help students learn and develop their physical fitness and motor skills, as well as create a positive attitude toward well-being and physical activity which enables students to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Learning Outcomes

Stanford Physical Education offers courses that are applicable to a variety of environments and experiences across campus and in life and pair well with academic and group work. Common learning outcomes among Stanford’s physical education course offerings include:

  • Proper execution of the skills associated with the activity level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Demonstrate proper skill form and biomechanics
  • Identify basic concepts associated with the activity
  • Identify health-related components of fitness (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility) as it relates to the specific activity
  • Implement intelligent choices within their lives that contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle

Physical Education is part of Health and Human Performance (HHP). HHP is organizationally housed within The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation and more specifically within the Office of Recreation and Wellness.

Wellness Education

Wellness Education inspires a healthier, more vibrant university by teaching effective wellness theories and practices that empower students to positively transform their lives and their communities. The WellnessEd curriculum is designed to inspire students to be the healthiest versions of themselves possible in the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical domains of wellness.

Rec Sports

Challenge yourself mentally and physically with Rec Sports. Compete in friendly tournaments with classmates or colleagues as you square off to win our coveted Intramural T-shirts, or face other universities across the country in high-level competitions for club sports glory.


With over 3,000 yearly participants, our Intramural Sports Program is committed to providing Stanford students, faculty, and staff with an outlet for their physical, competitive, and recreational needs, in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. In a regular operating year, leagues typically run from 4-6 weeks in length and conclude in a single-elimination tournament to determine a team champion. One- and two-day tournaments may be offered throughout the quarter in a single or double-elimination format. Sport offerings vary by quarter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to significantly reduce our sport offerings for this upcoming year.

We will communicate more information about the next session when the time comes. Currently, Intramurals for Fall 2020 include the following sports:

  • Golf
  • (Singles) Tennis
  • Cornhole/Bags
  • Basketball Skills (Tournament) - Registration is OPEN!


The pandemic has allowed us to explore e-gaming opportunities. The following options will be featured, and available for sign-ups at www.imleagues.com/stanford :

Registration for esports is OPEN! Esport season will take place on 9/21 - 10/11. Esports for Fall 2020 include the following:

  • Smash Bros
  • Rocket League
  • League of Legends

For updated registration information for all sports, visit www.imleagues.com/stanford. The Intramural Sports program is committed to providing Stanford students, faculty, and staff with an outlet for their physical, competitive, and recreational needs, in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. For more information on the Intramural Sports program, please visit rec.stanford.edu/intramurals.

Stanford Redwood City

About Stanford Redwood City Recreation and Wellness Center

Opened in March 2019, this 28,000 square foot facility at the brand-new Stanford Redwood City Campus includes a six-lane rooftop pool. indoor basketball court, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, locker rooms, showers, an outdoor fitness courtyard, and more! Visit rec.stanford.edu/srwc for information.


Open to all employees, students and authorized guests regardless of your primary work location. Stanford Redwood City employees may still access fitness and recreation facilities on the main campus. Stanford Aluminums may purchase a membership to access the center. As a reminder, please fill out the Stanford Health Check 1-2 hours before you enter any Stanford Facility. Please review the SRWC Facility Walkthrough before entering the building.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

SRWC Current Offerings:

Whether on the Cardio/Strength floor, at the Outside Fitness Garden, or taking a Group Fitness Class in the Gymnasium, participants are required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing of six feet.

  • The Cardio/Strength Floor is now available for up to ten reservations per hour
  • The Outside Fitness Garden and Rooftop Pool remain open for use by reservation as well.
  • Group Fitness (previously Open-Air) classes will be held in the gymnasium for up to thirteen participants that enroll. The gymnasium is currently not available for separate reservations.

Cardio/Strength Floor

We are excited to re-open the inside Cardio/Strength floor during this phase. To better help assist you with your workout, please note the following equipment that is available for use in the Cardio/Strength floor:

  • 1 Squat rack
  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Stair Stepper
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Machine weights
  • Cable weight stacks
  • KB’s 8lbs – 70lbs
  • Light DB’s 3lbs – 12lbs

*equipment listed is subject to change

Please keep in mind at this time you are encouraged to bring your own exercise mat, sweat towel and water container.

Outside Fitness Garden

Join us for an outside workout! We converted our garden space at SRWC into an Outside Fitness Garden. Indoor equipment durable enough to withstand the elements of California were transported outside, this equipment includes:

  • Dumbbells 5lbs – 110lbs
  • Kettlebells 5lbs– 70lbs
  • Multiple benches
  • Two squat racks
  • Multiple weight machines combine to provide a full-body workout
  • Rowing machines
  • Cycling bikes
  • and more!

Outside Fitness Garden Education

We are unable to bring every piece of equipment to the Fitness Garden, so we are offering Outside Fitness Garden Education as a chance to get familiar with unfamiliar exercise equipment. This program provides you with advice and guidance from a certified fitness professional to give you the knowledge and confidence to use the equipment on your own.

You can expect to learn:

  • Facility COVID-19 protocols
  • Substitute exercises to replace the missing equipment from your normal routine
  • How to adjust the weight machines for your body, how to use them safely, and what muscle groups each machine targets.
  • The proper form for bodyweight exercises such as squats, planks, and more.
  • How to increase exercise selection with “unfamiliar” fitness equipment i.e. medicine balls, kettlebells, sandbags, and more.
  • The importance of a warm-up and warm-down routine.

The orientation is 50 minutes in duration and allows up to 5 people per session. This class is offered Mondays at 11 am and Tuesdays at 3 pm.


Stanford Redwood City boasts a rooftop pool, located on the second floor of the Recreation and Wellness Center. Come swim with us and enjoy the amazing horizon of Redwood City and surrounding cities. The pool provides six lane designed for lap swim and ranges in depth from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet deep.

Facilities / General Information


The Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) opened in 2013 and includes a 14,000 square foot fitness center which offers the latest in cardio and strength training equipment including a multi-use jungle apparatus and enclosed indoor cycling studio.

ACSR (Currently not open due to COVID-19)

The Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR), opened in February 2006 and includes an 11,000 square foot fitness center with weight machines, cardio equipment, core training space and equipment, and Olympic Lifting platforms and weight equipment.

Climbing Wall (NOW OPEN!)

The climbing wall is located within the AOERC and features both bouldering and roped climbing. Admission, harnesses, and belay devices are free with valid ID or access card.

In accordance with state, county, and university ordinances, we are operating at a limited capacity and with new policies. We will be open to bouldering and auto-belay use only, and will require reservations. We are asking that individuals limit themselves to 2 reservations/week, in order to allow greater access to all.


SCRA prides itself on it programs and activities offered year round to our member families.

The swim program is year round for children. In the summer members participate in the Peninsula Swim League (PSA) with other area clubs. (Foothills, University Club, Fremont Hills, Alpine Hills, and Ladera Oaks Club). Lessons are offered year round for children and adults. The SCRA pools are currently OPEN!

The tennis program offers both private and group lessons for children and adults year round. We also offer a year round junior team which competes annually in the Midpeninsula Junior Interclub League and USTA Junior League. Adult league teams compete in USTA League play. We also conduct several round robins and club tournaments each year. Reserve a tennis court here!

Additional Recreational Spaces

  • Cobb Track and Angell Field
  • Ford Center/Burnham Pavillion
  • Fields (IM South, Sand Hill, Roble & Manzanita
  • Taube South and West Campus Tennis Courts
  • Golf Course
  • Golf Driving Range
  • The Dish

ID Card Policy / Access

All recreational facilities require a SUID Card or approved facility access card for access. Guest passes can be purchased by Stanford Affiliates. For more ID card information, visit rec.stanford.edu/access.

Youth Programs

We open the doors of our world class recreational facilities for a variety of youth programs ranging from sports-focused to robotics and STEM areas. Summer camp is available for grades K-6, with opportunities for grades 7-10 to participate in our Counselor-In-Traning Program. For more information, visit CampCardinal.org.

Camp Cardinal Pumpkin Decorating Party

Camp Cardinal’s registration for our first ever Pumpkin Decorating Party is now OPEN! Campers will get to communicate with fellow campers on Zoom while using their creative skills to bring their pumpkin to life.

Contact/Website Information

Contact Information

General email: recreation@stanford.edu

Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) Front Desk: (650) 498-0765

  • AOERC Fitness Desk: (650) 498-0761
  • AOERC Climbing Wall and Outdoor Center: (650) 736-7768
  • Aquatics: (650) 498-0756

Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR) Front Desk: (650) 724-9872

  • ACSR Fitness Desk: (650) 725-5622

Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC: (650) 926-3313

Stanford Redwood City Recreation & Wellness Center: (650) 497-1265

Website Info


Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/stanfordurec

Instagram: instagram.com/stanfordurec

Twitter: twitter.com/stanfordurec

Strava: strava.com/clubs/stanford-recreation-and-wellness-community-596501


Stanford Recreation and Wellness offers professionals and students the opportunity to work in a fun, inclusive environment at convenient on-campus locations. there are a variety of unique part-time roles for those looking for flexible hours at a great starting rates. We are always looking for hard-working, motivated leaders to join our team! Apply online at rec.stanford.edu/employment!