spring Catalog 2020-2021


What we can do for you

As a member of the Stanford Community you have access to many perks including numerous program offerings both online and at our on-campus facilities. Access varies based on your affiliation with the University.

Spring Welcome Fair

We welcome you to experience our programs for FREE with our Spring Welcome Fair! This event is happening online and in-person April 5 - 13!

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 one-time COVID Facility Access Waiver before your first visit and Stanford Health Check 1-2 hours before every time 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 (ACSR is currently closed) to enter the facilities.

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 due 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 portal. 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

NEW for Spring 2021

Stanford Stadium Recreation

As Stanford, Santa Clara County, and the State of California move through reopening phases, we have been working hard over the past several months to bring you a new outdoor recreation facility for the Stanford Community. We are excited to announce the opening of Stanford Stadium Recreation on Tuesday, March 23!

AOERC and SRWC have reopened indoor operations!

Free Virtual Personal Training (BeWell Berry-eligible)

Personalized workouts wherever YOU are!

Stanford Recreation and Wellness is now your home for Free Virtual Personal Training (BeWell Berry-eligible) for benefits-eligible staff who have taken their SHALA! We are excited to offer this program virtually so you can refine your routine and reach your goals at your convenience with the staff you know and love.

Visit rec.stanford.edu/berry-virtual-personal-training to learn more.

For questions contact us at facultystaffwellness@stanford.edu.

Main Campus Workout Reservations

What you need to know before your visit:

The Stanford Health Check and one-time COVID Facility Access Waiver need to be completed before entering the AOERC and SRWC Recreation and Wellness Center.

Take the Stanford Health Check>>

Complete the COVID Facility Access Waiver>>

Learn more about making facility reservations>>

AOERC Fitness Center

The fitness center is located downstairs at the AOERC. Upon entering the building, head downstairs and the center is at the end of the hallway.

  • Weights and top-of-the-line fitness machines.
  • Central Air Conditioning and blinds.
  • Indoor cycling studio. (closed)
  • Men’s, women’s, and all-gender locker rooms and showers. (closed)
  • 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.

AOERC Strength Training Moat

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!

Membership Services

Our team of service staff is here to help you navigate our facilities and programs with ease. As our offerings frequently change, we make sure that our patrons are well informed on new information within the department. We pride ourselves in creating an environment that feels welcoming and comfortable to anyone who walks through our front doors.

We're Hiring!

Join the team - we are hiring Membership Services Associates to work the Front Desk, Strength Moat, and fitness Center. This job is perfect for Stanford students who are eager to communicate, take on challenges, and offer a helping hand. If that sounds like you, click here to apply.

Fitness Programs

Open-Air Fitness

Move with us during the Spring Quarter! We will be holding our group fitness classes with our certified instructors outside our facilities on the Main Campus and SRWC! Join in on the fun while staying safe and socially distanced. All of our programs will ensure a minimum of 6-feet of physical distancing between individuals at all times. Staff and participants must wear a face covering at all times.

Registration is NOW OPEN! View our schedule and pricing on our Open-Air Fitness page.

Recreational Fitness Classes

We are currently offering Ashtanga Yoga, Tennis, and Golf Recreational Fitness Classes. Registration is NOW OPEN, click here to learn more and view our schedule.

Virtual Fitness Classes

Take a break from you routine and try something different! Enjoy structured workouts and expert guidance from certified instructors from the comfort of your own home with our virtual fitness classes. Visit rec.stanford.edu/virtualfitness to view our schedule and register.

Personal Training

Work with our certified personal trainers to craft the perfect workout routines for your personalized goals while properly social distancing. View more details on our Personal Training page.


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 Athletics 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.

WOW (Workout of the week)

Spring is here and that means WOW Workouts are back, starting March 29th!

How to participate:

Visit the Avery Rec Pool @ AOERC during your swim reservation and ask a lifeguard for a WOW Workout when turning in your swim card.

Workouts stay the same for an entire week. Each Monday a new workout will be posted.

After you complete your workout, return it to the lifeguard as you exit the pool deck. Enter your name into the drawing for a chance to win Stanford gear or a grand prize gift certificate to SwimOutlet.

Raffle drawings and announcements will be Monday, May 31.

Avery Rec Pool

Avery Aquatic Center

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 ahead of time at rec.stanford.edu/aquatics. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Splash and Dash

Our seasonal Splash and Dash zones divide the pool into two zones 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 two days in advance at rec.stanford.edu/aquatics.

Family Swim Hours

We have Family Swim Hours for those who are under the age of 18: Saturday-Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM.

Lifeguard Certification

Want an awesome on-campus job as a lifeguard? Don’t forget to get certified! Email stanfordaquatics@stanford.edu for more information.

Adventure Programs

Outdoor Education

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

Outdoor credit classes for Spring 2021 include the following:

Outdoor Clinics

Our outdoor clinics are non-credit offerings conducted in an outdoor setting and following COVID-19 precaustions. All participants must wear masks and adhere 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 are required to complete the one-time COVID Facility Access Waiver and Stanford Health Check before attending a clinic session.

Registration for Spring 2021 Outdoor Clinics is NOW OPEN:

Visit our Courses & Clinics page to learn more!

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 country's most substantial collegiate climbing walls. 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 hope the coronavirus situation will improve and that 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 various 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 apply to various environments and experiences across campus and in life and pair well with academic and group work. Typical 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 related to the activity.
  • Identify health-related fitness components (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility) associated with the specific activity.
  • Implement intelligent choices within their lives that contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle.

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.

Drop-in Meditation

We have partnered with HHP to bring you 20-minute drop-in meditation at 11:30 am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Competitive 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. We may offer one- and two-day tournaments throughout the quarter in a single or double-elimination format. Sports offerings vary by quarter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have significantly reduced our sports offerings for this upcoming year.

Intramurals for Spring 2021 include the following sports:

In-Person Intramurals

  • Singles Tennis
  • Singles Pickleball
  • Cornhole
  • Soccer Tennis
  • Doubles Pickleball
  • Doubles Tennis
  • Spikeball
  • KanJam
  • 2v2 Sand Volleyball
  • Along with various weekend tournaments.

Virtual Leagues

  • League of Legends
  • FIFA21
  • 1v1 Rocket League
  • CSGO
  • Overwatch
  • Chess
  • Settlers of Catan

Registration opens March 29th!

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 more information.


The center is open to all employees, students, and authorized guests regardless of your primary work location. SRWC is accessible to those 18 years of age and older. Stanford Redwood City employees may still access fitness and recreation facilities on the main campus. Stanford Alumi 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

Whether at the Outside Fitness Garden, swimming at the Rooftop Pool, or taking a group fitness class, participants are required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing of six feet.

Cardio/Strength Floor

The Cardio/Strength floor is available for up to sixteen reservations per hour.

To better assist you with your workout, please note the following equipment available for use at the Cardio/Strength floor:

  • One Squat rack
  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Stair Steppers
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Machine weights
  • Cable weight stacks
  • Kettlebells :8lbs – 70lbs
  • Dumbells: 3lbs – 110lbs

*equipment listed is subject to change

You are encouraged to bring your own exercise mat, sweat towel, and water container at this time.

Outside Fitness Garden

Join us for an outside workout! We converted our garden space at SRWC into an Outside Fitness Garden. Indoor equipement 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!


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 lanes designated for lap swim and ranges in depth from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet deep. Aqua Fitness classes are now open for registration.

Facilities / General Information


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

Are you missing campus? Things may look a little different since the last time you were on The Farm. Enjoy watching how we have made it possible for our students, staff, and community to keep an active lifestyle on campus safely.

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

The Climbing Wall is open for reservation! 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.


SCRA prides itself on its 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 provide a year-round junior team that 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.

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!