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.

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Rec Sports

Summer 2013: Friday Rafting

Fridays just got more adventurous this summer with The Outdoor Adventure Program’s weekly Friday rafting trips. Take on the mighty and historic James River for a thrilling day of whitewater rafting through Richmond. Whether you’re an experienced rafter or just getting your sea legs, these weekly trips come packed with fun and excitement for adventurers of all skill levels. Just steps away from downtown Richmond, you will enjoy the excitement of urban whitewater and the serenity of the cities local wildlife.

This is a FREE event running every Friday, June 7 through August 17 from 3pm-6pm at the James River.

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Summer 2013: Weekend Canoe Trip

Take a break from busy city life and seize your weekend! Enjoy a relaxing weekend floating down the river and spotting some native wildlife. Starting the day off paddling through the mostly calm water of Central Virginia, the group will get a chance to experience a few minor rapids and beautiful scenic views.  The evening will be spent camping by the river and cooking a big dinner in the Dutch ovens around the camp fire. Register today to secure your spot for this weekend getaway.

Cost: Student: $44, Faculty/Staff: $50, +1/A/G: $55
Date: July 20-21
Includes: Transportation, food, lodging and equipment
Location: Central VA


Water Exercise Instructor Training

Learn the basics of how to:

  • teach group water exercise to diverse populations,
  • proper water exercise techniques and form, and
  • the principles of water and how to apply these principles to water exercise.


  • passion for fitness and exercise, desire to teach and a positive attitude!

To successfully complete the course an additional 6 hours of practical application is required.  

Cost: $ 25
Registration: At our service desks. Closes June 7, 2013
Summer Session: June 7,  3-7pm

Students must attend all scheduled class times. Minimum of 6 people to offer the course. After completion of the course, there will be an opportunity to apply for employment and interview for open positions.


Day Mountain Bike Ride


Attention all mountain bikers! Come ride the trails with the OAP. We will meet Saturday morning and head to the trail head to enjoying some fun single track at this great area.

*No previous mountain bike experience is required.

Cost: Student: $10, Faculty/Staff: $12, +1/A/G: $15

Includes: Transportation and equipment

Date: Saturday, June 8

Location: TBA

For more info, visit:

Summer Intramural Sports

Make your Summer more exciting by registering for a Summer Intramural Sport! Registration for Summer intramurals is open now through May 29, at Cary Street Gym and MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center. All Rec Sports members can enjoy the fun, including current VCU students, Spring 2013 grads, faculty, staff, alumni and plus one members!

Summer Intramural Sports include:

Basketball (5 person teams)

Indoor Soccer (6 person teams)

4-person Volleyball (4 person teams)

Tennis Singles

Racquetball Singles

Fee: $25 per team, $10 per person for Tennis and Racquetball

For more info, visit:

Summer 2011 Basketball Intramurals

Summer 2013: Friday Rafting

Fridays just got more adventurous this summer with The Outdoor Adventure Program’s weekly Friday rafting trips. Take on the mighty and historic James River for a thrilling day of whitewater rafting through Richmond. Whether you’re an experienced rafter or just getting your sea legs, these weekly trips come packed with fun and excitement for adventurers of all skill levels. Just steps away from downtown Richmond, you will enjoy the excitement of urban whitewater and the serenity of the cities local wildlife.

This is a FREE event running every Friday, June 7 through August 17 from 3pm-6pm at the James River.

For more info, visit:

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Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains With Us!

Take a break from the summer heat and head out into the shady trees for a scenic hike up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Put on your most comfortable shoes, bring some bug spray or a small camera, and pack up a lunch and some healthy snacks and we will all ride up together! The view is so beautiful out in the mountains and away from the city, with lush forests, beautiful waterfalls, and interesting wildlife.

Come discover the beauty we have so close to home in Virginia on our Blue Ridge Day Hike. 


Cost: Student: $10, Faculty/Staff: $12, +1/A/G: $15
Date:  June 1
Includes: Transportation and equipment (lunch not included)
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, more specificly: TBA

Summer 2013: Fitness Swim Class

This summer VCU Aquatics will be offering a summer-long Fitness Swim class devoted to refining your stroke and improving your endurance in the pool. Maintaining and improving fitness goals can seem like a daunting task to tackle by yourself. Swimming alongside others is both motivating and fun and can often encourage you to achieve goals you may have thought were impossible!  This class is meant to bring together swimmers of all levels who want to make their strokes more effective and those who are just looking for a little exercise and some fun. With a class of no more than 15 people, individual attention and monthly “time-trials” will demonstrate improvement throughout each session. You’ll want to be spending time by the pool this summer anyway so why not get in shape and meet some great people in the process!

Cost: $20 for entire summer

Summer Session: May 20 - August 9, 2013 (skip week of July 1-July 7, 2013)
Registration: Opens at the service desk at either facility on May 6, 2013, continuous registration until July 31, 2013.

Cary Street Gym Classes
Monday, Wednesday & Fridays 7:00-7:50am

MCV Campus Classes
Monday, Wednesday & Fridays 4:15-5:15pm

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Paddleboarding [may 10]


Spend the afternoon Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on one of Richmond’s local waterways.  Our knowledgeable instructors will help teach the basics of stability, balance and maneuvering. Discover for yourself why this fun and exciting sport is taking off.

Cost: FREE! 
Date: Fridays, June 5 - August 14
Time: 3:00pm–6:00pm  
Location: Outing Rental Centera


Day Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Summer is finally here! You may have an exam or two left to go, but the end is definitely in sight! so close you can almost taste it! What’s better than celebrating your new found freedom of the summer with a hike in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains? Come out with VCU Recsports and the OAP and enjoy the lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and a little time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

The trip is on June 1st, so sign up soon! Bring a lunch with you, price includes only transportation and equipment.

Price: Student: $10; Faculty/Staff: $12; +1: $15


Sign Up or the Basic Life Support Classes, Starting Soon!

Three classes are being offered to you, and all you have to do is choose the one you want to go to, show up and learn some important skills that could potentially make you a lifesaver! The Basic Life Support, or BLS, for Healthcare Providers Classroom course is designed just for that. You will learn the signs of several different life-threatening emergencies and be able to provide CPR, use an AED, and save choking victims just in time. All classes will be held in the Cary Street Gym Wet Classroom. Classes available:

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013: Noon-5:30 PM
Saturday, May 11th, 2013: Noon-5:30 PM
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013: 8:00 AM-Noon

Cost: $60 for students, $70 for Rec Sports members, VCU Faculty and Staff, Free for Recreational Sports Staff.

Click here for more information.


Get Certified to Be a Water Safety Instructor with the American Red Cross! Sign up now!

Okay, so it’s that time of year to get yourself certified as a water safety instructor with the American Red Cross. If you love to swim and would love to teach other people how to swim, this certification would be perfect. You will understand all six of the swimming strokes (or perfect them, if you are already familiar) and learn how to design and conduct swim lesson classes. Even if teaching other adults how to swim isn’t your thing, you will also learn how to instruct and train children to swim in the water and evaluate their progress.

Find out the prerequisites and course requirements here.

Join us to learn how to teach American Red Cross swim lessons!


Dates: May 13-17, 2013, Monday to Friday 12-6pm

Cost: VCU Student/VCU Recreational Sports member: $100

Registration: closes May 1 at noon

Held at Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center

Two-Week Southeast Whitewater Kayaking Trip!

There’s no better way to end the semester and kick summertime into high gear than hopping in a kayak for two weeks of outrageous whitewater fun! The OAP is heading south this May to tackle some of the Southeast’s best rivers and creeks.

Learn the basics of multi-day kayaking along the beautiful bodies of water of the south Appalachians. We will camp on the river banks, paddle through deep gorges, and see some of the amazing wildlife as we make our way down the river.

Beginner and intermediate level kayakers welcome, or pretty much anyone who wants to improve their skills is welcome to come.

Date: May 15-26, 2013

Location: Southeast

Requirements: Beginner or intermediate level kayakers. Must attend 2 river clinics or the beginner whitewater weekend trip.

Cost: $375



Exam Prep Course for Aspiring ACE Personal Fitness Trainers!

Pack your brain full of sweet knowledge and skills needed to become an effective personal trainer. Sign up for this FREE instructional course using the ACE Integrated Fitness Trainer Model. After completing this course, you will have all the necessary requirements to take the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam which will be offered a various times and location throughout the year.

If you’re interested in becoming a personal fitness trainer, come see what it takes to pass the personal fitness instructor exam and be on your way to a new career in fitness!

Registration forms  are available at Click on Instructional Programs

Program dates:  April 12-14, 2013

Note: Available ONLY to VCU Students

It’s free, why not? You may get a job out of it.



Women’s Backpacking

Enjoy a weekend of backpacking with the girls! Join the OAP’s female staff as well as other female students on an adventure out in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. The leaves are coming back, the weather is great, and days are growing longer. The group will travel, cook, camp and share adventures while taking in the unbelievable landscapes of the Appalachian’s. This should be a beautiful, women’s only trip. 

Cost: Student: $44, Faculty/Staff: $50, +1: $55

Includes: Transportation, food, and equipment

Date: April 20 - 21

Location: Blue Ridge Mountains


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