Adventure Programs

Adventure Programs is how Gauchos engage outdoor and wilderness trips and skills. It exists to enhance campus and community lives by providing educational and recreational experiences through wilderness trips, outdoor recreation classes, ropes courses, and climbing center programs.  Meet new people, hone your skills, and experience the awesome wonder of nature.


The Aquatics program encompasses the Department’s pool facilities, professional staff and lifeguards, swimming and water fitness classes, and youth swimming programs. The Recreation Center pool includes an Olympic sized pool, diving well, spa, and handicap access – all overseen by student lifeguards.


Events is a multifaceted program that creates, collaborates and supports a diversity of recreational activities. Our events vary in nature from competitive to playful to personalized experiences through sport, play, fitness and overall wellbeing focused activities. We create numerous one-time, quarterly and annual events including the annual Rec Fest, Hallowheels, Turkey Trot, and Warm Up with REC.

Gaucho R.E.C.

Gaucho R.E.C. (Recreation and Exercise Classes) are for leisure and personal interest only. Offerings range from arts and crafts to yoga, or from music to martial arts. There are no pressures, exams, (except for certification courses), or grades, simply learn and enjoy!

Get up GAUCHOS! Group Cycling

Group Cycling is a high intensity cardio workout choreographed to music from warm up to cool down. A variety of cycling classes are offered each quarter. Our Schwinn Fitness™ certified instructors are there to keep you focused, motivated and engaged for a results oriented workout.

Get up GAUCHOS! Group Fitness

Group Fitness classes are taught by professional instructors who aim to get you to the next level of performance. Join in the camaraderie with others who will sweat by your side as you go through offerings such as cardio circuit, kickboxing, pilates, step interval, and more.

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports exists for those looking to engage in a physical and competitive play, without an extreme level of commitment. With different leagues, tournaments, and flexible game times, IM Sports is perfect for those looking to learn a new sport, make lasting friendships, or practice their talents.

Sport Clubs

Students who have a strong passion for a certain sport should look into joining one of the 28 Sports Clubs. Athletes sweat it out for the love of the game and competitive achievement. The UCSB Sports Club program is one of the most successful in the nation, boasting 75 National Championship awards and over 1,000 student athletes. 

Youth Programs

Department of Recreation Youth Programs offers quality summer camps and classes that draws thousands of participants from the Santa Barbara area and around the world each year. The popular Summer Day Camps have been running for the past 34 years, introducing children to action-packed adventure and opportunities to make new friends. Activities include swimming, ropes courses, soccer, field trips, nature hikes, and more.