VCU Recreational Sports is here to help you have fun and stay healthy. We offer intramural sports, fitness programs, outdoor adventure trips and special sporting events. If you’re a VCU student, you’re already a member. This blog is designed to help you interact more with and understand what goes on around your gyms.

(Admin: Susannah Orzolek)

Fall Break Climbing Trip!

If you’re looking for adventure this upcoming Fall Break, come rock climbing at the Obed with us! This rock climbing and camping adventure is designed for climbers of all abilities. Trek through the woods and learn climbing and belaying techniques from our OAP trip leaders. Learn a thing or two about climbing in this fun and challenging environment.

Cost: Price includes food, transportation, equipment, and guides
Student: $75
Member: $85

Date: October 16-19
Location: Obed, TN


Day Raft on the James River

Early notice, but it’s coming soon!

Spend the day on the James River with us and experience the rapids close to home! Urban whitewater rafting is a unique and exciting experience, don’t miss out on this great trip!

October 5, 2014

Student: $22
Member: $27
(This includes transportation and equipment rentals, so no worries)


Private Swim Lessons

Did you know that you can enroll in private swimming lessons at RecSports? We also offer buddy swim lessons for you and a friend! Whether this is your first experience with water or you are a seasoned pro, we have instructors and techniques to fit every level of swim fitness (or lack of).


Things to know about private swim lessons
1. Private swim lessons are designed for adults (sorry kiddies) and will be held in the pool alongside normal informal pool recreation.

2. Private swim lessons are organized into time blocks. Time blocks can be used in 15, 30, 45, or 60 minute increments.

3. All lessons must be completed within 2 semesters of purchase, that way we can give you the most out of your lessons! We will contact you within 7 business days of signing up to get you scheduled for your first lesson. Then, after that, we will be in contact withing at least 72 hours before all following sessions.

4. If you need to cancel your session, 24-hour notification is required. Things happen and in order to not lose your payment, call 24 hours before your scheduled private lesson (sooner is better than later)

5. Saturday mornings are not available for private swim lessons because of the Children’s Swim Lesson program happening in the pool from 10am-12pm.

Find a friend who has the same swimming ability as you and, together you can purchase multiple hours at a discounted rate!

Register at either facility

Day Hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Come out for the best weekend hike in Western Virginia. We will be hiking through the Blue Ridge Mountains to enjoy the forest, waterfalls, and fresh air! Throughout the fall season, the mountains of Virginia offer some of the best scenery in the country…nay, the whole world!

Pack a lunch and join us September 20th!

Students: $10
RecSports Members: $15

Get more information on, we hope to see you there!

All skill levels welcome! This is good for beginners, so even if you’re not accustomed to the beauty and freshness of the mountain air, you’re bound to have a good time.

Children’s Learn To Swim

VCU RecSports has great ways to get everyone involved in recreation. RAMS Swim School offers 10 different levels of swim lesson classes for children of Recreational Sports members.

Children 6-36 months: Please choose “Parent and Child” classes
Children 3-5 years old: Take the quiz to find out which class to take
Children 6 and older: Take the quiz to find out which class to take


How to register:
Stop by the front desk at the Cary Street Gym or MCV Campus Aquatic and Recreation Center. Classes fill up quickly, so to avoid being on a waiting list, register as soon as you can!

Fall Session 1 Dates:
Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11


For questions contact Carrie Baines at (804) 827-0319 or

Tagged: #RAMswimschool

Open House

Welcome to the best night of the year! During the RecSports Open House, we will feature all of our amazing activities and prizes under one roof! Come out to get your 2014 VCU Recreational Sports Tshirt and find your motion

Our schedule for the night:

Fall Intramurals

Sign up this month for September 2014 Intramural Sports! Entries open 8/18 and close 8/28 so get ready with your team and register at either facility.

Three on Three Outdoor Basketball (3)
Flag Football
Outdoor Soccer (8)
Tennis Singles

All $25 per team (tennis singles are $10 per person)

You can register for your favorite intramural sport with a team of friends or fly solo as a free agent, how you play is up to you. The meeting for free agents will be 8/26 at the Cary Street Gym for sports in September.

If you have any questions or comments, send them our way! Keep your eyes out for updates about October Intramurals and other fall activities!


American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training

Join us to learn how to teach Lifeguard Training:

  • Develop your understanding of lifeguarding techniques and principles
  • Effectively use materials and equipment to conduct an engaging course
  • Learn how to monitor participants’ practice and give positive, corrective feedback

SUMMER SESSION: Online Training Information and precourse skills will be reviewed July 21, 5:00-6:00pm at the Cary Street Gym Wet Classroom

Online training MUST be completed before class begins
Classroom and Water Skill Training dates at the Cary Street Gym: 10:00am-6:00pm August 4-7



  • Successfully complete the online session for the instructor before training
  • Bring your completion certificate to instructor trainer
  • Successfully complete the American Red Cross prerequisites for Lifeguard Training
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • Successfully complete rescue skill scenarios based on lifeguarding, first aid and CPR & AED on
  • Desire to teach
  • Positive attitude
  • Purchase American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor’s Manual and Lifeguard Training Participant’s manual before training


To successfully complete the course and receive American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification you must complete the above prerequisites, attend the entire course, participate in class, complete lesson plans, complete 4 practice teaches, and successfully complete the written test.

Tree Climbing

Climb around in trees with certified arborists and tree care experts right here in Richmond. Instructors will teach climbers the techniques that professional arborist use for ascending into the tree, limb walking, and descending. Choose from high-ropes challenges like vertical climbs, limb walks, high-elevation ziplines, canopy rope bridges, plunging tree swings and much more as you see gorgeous views of the James River from high in the tree canopy. The staff of recreation professionals and expert climbers will provide all the encouragement, coaching and care climbers need to move beyond their initial comfort zone and realize the rewards of accomplishment.

Cost: Student: $25, F/S/A/+1: $30
Dates: Sunday July 13; Sunday August 10
Location: TBA
Difficulty: Beginner

July Intramural Sports

Ready to play sports this July? Register starting next Monday (6/23) either as a whole team or as a free agent (Free Agent’s should email Bob at to be placed on the list).

Entry forms are available at the service desk at both the Cary Street Gym and the MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center. 

Intramural sports to choose from are:
Indoor Soccer (6)
Volleyball (4)
Under 6’/Over 6’ Basketball (5)
Racquetball Singles
Tennis Singles

Registration: 6/23-7/2 (at either facility)




Bouldering Weekend

Spend the weekend climbing in Virginia! OAP with VCU RecSports is on a bouldering mission this June in this exciting and challenging 2 day bouldering trip.

Dates: June 21-22

The first morning will be teaching or reviewing basic bouldering skills and spotting techniques. Then for the rest of the weekend we will be climbing away and working on our own exciting bouldering projects.

Cost: Student: $44; Staff/+1: $50
Location: TBA
Difficulty: Intermediate

Head over to the Outing Rental Center or call (804) 828-6004 to sign up today or hear more information about this awesome trip!

OAP Weekly Activities

This summer, there’s something fun to do EVERY day of the week. Take advantage of these free weekly activities and get in on the adventure with your friends. All you need to do is call the Outing Rental Center to let them know you’re coming! (804) 828-6004

Mondays: Stand Up Paddleboarding

Tuesdays: Kayak Pool Clinic (no registration needed!)

Wednesdays Climbing Skills Clinic and Kayak River Clinic
Climbing Clinic 5/21-8/13
Kayak Clinic 5/21-8/13

Thursdays: Mountain Biking

Fridays Rafting on the James

For more information about each of these activities, visit the OAP Page on the RecSports website.

Tagged: #oap #outdoors #vcu

Day Raft on the James

Come whitewater rafting on the James River with your friends and the RecSports OAP! We will be spending the day rafting just a few steps away from downtown Richmond. All experience levels welcome and encouraged! Don’t miss out on this awesome day trip this summer!

Dates: Sunday, June 8; Sunday June 22; Sunday, July 20, & Sunday, August 10
Cost: Student: $22; Faculty/Staff: $27; +1: $31
(Cost includes transportation and equipment)
Location: James River through Richmond


Come see us at the Outing Rental Center for more details!

ARC Lifeguard Training Certification Course

There’s one more Spring Session of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification Course! Learn the skills necessary to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies as well as increase your critical thinking and decision making skills.


When: May 12-16
Monday-Thursday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-2:00pm

Where: Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center

How: Register by going to the service desk at either the Cary Street Gym or the MCV Campus Aquatic and Recreation Center


  • successfully complete the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training prerequisites for Lifeguard Training
  • swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • positive attitude
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training participant’s manual (Personal computers or other electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom).

Students must attend all scheduled class times. Minimum of 8 people to offer the course. Maximum of 20 people in the course.



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