Gaucho REC (Recreation & Exercise Classes) gives participants the opportunity to learn a new skill, fine tune an old skill, or simply stay in shape. There are no pressures, exams (aside from emergency certification classes), or grades to worry about—just relax and enjoy! Classes meet once or twice weekly throughout the whole day. Classes are open to UCSB students, faculty, staff, alumni, affiliates and community members (age restrictions apply).

Class Types


Arts & Crafts   Certification   Dance  Mind & Body

 Martial Arts
& Self Defense
& Staff

Class Fees

Class fees cover salaries for instructors, program publicity, and some class equipment and supplies. You may need to purchase additional supplies for individual projects.

Students may attend the first class to spectate at no cost. In order to participate, students must pay for class in full or pay a $5 drop in fee to the night greeter. Drop-in fee option is only available at the first class session and will not be applied to the class fee, should you decide to continue attending. Students may not pay on a class-by-class basis.

We accept payment by cash, check or Visa/MasterCard;­ no BARC Billing.

Class Locations

Classes are located around the UCSB campus. See map in the Downloads section. Parking passes are available in the automated machines located in the lots.

Click here to see parking rates. Click here to find directions to our facilities.


Online registration is now available here.

You may also register in person at the Customer Service Center in the Recreation Center, or by mail using the coupon available in the Downloads section.
(Online or mail-in registration not accepted for Wine Tasting or SCUBA Diving classes. Mail-in registration not recommended for Yoga classes as they tend to sell out quickly and priority is given on a first come first served basis).

The Recreation Customer Service Center is located in Room 1102 of the Recreation Center on the corner of Mesa and Ocean roads.


Chris Burleson
Instructional & Enrichment Programs Coordinator
(805) 893-6060