Winter Catalog 2020-2021



Begin 2021 with a fresh start.

While we are all continuing to learn and work from home at the start of the new year, we are committed to offering diverse recreational opportunities that inspire health and wellbeing. This year, we are encouraging YOU to try something new, either online or in-person.

Whether socially distanced in the facility, outside, or online, you can try something new with us here at Stanford Recreation and Wellness. Through our programs, services, and facilities, we encourage our visitors and participants to try new and engaging activities to help them stay motivated, inspired, and optimistic.

How can I get involved?

Track your progress with our 'Rec & Well New Year BINGO Card'! Cross off the activities you have already done, and keep going by trying new activities within our programs! Share your progress on social media and tag @stanfordurec for a chance to win, or print out our PDF to track your progress on your own.

Need some more motivation and inspiration? Look no further; visit our KudoBoard to see what new things (rec or not rec-related) the community is exploring! Post your 'New Tries' to the board for a chance to win.

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 online! Access varies based on your affiliation with the University. Click the button below to view offerings and activities for the winter quarter; start your 'New Beginning' TODAY!

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 (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

Rec & Well BINGO!

Track your progress with our 'Rec & Well New Year BINGO Card'! Cross off the activities you have already done, and keep going by trying new activities within our programs! Share your progress on social media and tag @stanfordurec for a chance to win, or print out our PDF to track your progress on your own.

NEW for 2021


Over winter closure, we have launched a new way to sign up for facility reservations through ‘Bookings’. ‘Bookings’ will allow you to reserve and cancel your bookings more easily. Click here to learn more about how to use the new bookings feature and 'book' your reservation today!

Virtual Fitness Registration Moves to recwell.stanford.edu

In addition to the latest 'Bookings' feature, we have moved Virtual Fitness registration from Acuity to recwell.stanford.edu. Click here to book a class!

Winter 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!

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!

Cardio Pool Deck

The Cardio Pool Deck is on the Avery Rec Pool Deck, at the AOERC. You can reserve a bike for 45 minutes!

Open-Air Fitness

Open-Air Fitness will be continuing in the Winter 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 is maintained 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

Get up off the couch 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 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.

Winter Swim Challenge

Ring in the new year with our Winter Swim Challenge! This challenge will be from January 11 - March 5. Visit the Avery Rec Pool @ AOERC during your reservation period and pick up a workout menu from the lifeguard when you turn in your swim pass.

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.

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 24 hours ahead of time 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! Lifeguard certification dates are coming soon!

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 winter, we are offering a limited number of courses in Outdoor Education due to COVID-19:

Outdoor Education Courses for Winter 2021:

  • Outdoor 103: Foundations of Outdoor Education - Explore topics about adventure activity risk assessment, leadership style and values, industry standards, and wilderness equity and inclusion through class activities, discussions, and reflections.

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.

Clinics offered for Winter 2021:

  • Beyond the Basics: Zombie Apocalypse Survival
  • Bikepacking
  • Cleaning Anchors
  • How Do I Set Up My Campsite?
  • How to Rack and Pack Climbing Gear
  • Map and Compass Basics
  • Top Rope Anchors

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 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 that the coronavirus situation 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 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.

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. 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.

In-Person Intramurals

Intramurals for Winter 2021 include the following sports:

  • 2v2 Soccer Tennis.
  • 1v1 Tennis.
  • 2v2 Cornhole.
  • 2v2 Pickleball.
  • Along with various weekend tournaments.

Registration opens January 19th!

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 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 an Open-Air Fitness class, participants are required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing of six feet.

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!


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 that offers the latest cardio and strength training equipment, including a multi-use jungle apparatus enclosed indoor cycling studio.

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 (Currently not open due to COVID-19)

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!