Campus Recreation offers a variety of lifetime sports and fitness activities that provide exciting opportunities to "Rock'n Recreate." The Recreation Center fee and ARC membership fee provides students, ARC members and guests access to the ARC for Informal Recreation  AND FREE group fitness classes!  Each semester, time is allotted for special events programming -  ARC hours of operation may be modified to accommodate these activities. 

Rock 30

30 minutes of physical activity per day can mean these benefits for you: improved cardiovascular health, stress reduction, weight management, increased productivity and energy, improved mood and more. Pick up your ROCK30 decal and sticky wallet at the ARC Welcome Center desk!


A variety of aquatic programs are offered that provide educational and fun activities. LAP Lanes and OPEN swim areas are available during most pool operational hours.Primary programs offered include swim instructions, aquatic fun nights, and group fitness classes like Boga-Yoga, Boga-Fit, Aquafit-Deep, and one of our most popular aquatic programs, Arthritis Stretch.   

ROCK30 -  30 WAVES!   Get in a 30 minute workout!   

  • swim 30 laps in 30 minutes
  • paddle with a kickboard  or deep water jog with a weighted belt
  • play water basketball
  • stretching, strength and flexibility workout using aquatic equipment


Slippery Rock Area Parks & Recreation rents aquatic center space to conduct youth swim lessons. All registrations must be completed through the Parks office. For registration information, contact the SR Area Parks and Recreation department office at 724.794.8180. Swim lesson participants and family members must follow all ARC rules for access and supervision. ARC waiver of liability must be signed and turned in prior to the 1st lesson.

Climbing Wall

Introductory and advanced climbing clinics are offered as well as intramural and extramural climbing competitions. Informal recreation climbing is FREE to SRU students, ARC members and Daily Guest Pass holders during regular ARC hours. Informal recreation offers the option for Top-Rope Climbing or Bouldering during operating hours. WALL liability waiver must be completed prior to climbing.  Parent/guardian must sign waiver for all minor youth. Youth age 12 and under must be directly supervised, by an adult 18 or older, at the climbing wall.

Top-Rope Climbing: Climb with a rope system and belayer  - 3-9 pm DAILY (modified hours during breaks)       
Bouldering: Climb without a rope system. Height limit approx. 12 feet.  Available during all open ARC hours of operation

Fitness / wellness

A number of programs are offered each semester and in the summer to enhance the use of the Russell Wright Fitness Center (RWFC) and other fitness activity areas in the ARC.  In addition to the RWFC, the RPM, Fitness Mezzanine, and Track (all on 2nd floor!) offer many other types of equipment for functional training.  16 years of age is the minimum age to use the RWFC and the 2nd floor fitness areas, unless refgstered in a specific youth fitness program.

Other services and programs available:

  • FREE group fitness classes are offered in Gym B, RPM room and the pool 
  • FREE equipment orientations and fitness assessments may be scheduled with RWFC staff members during operational hours
  • ROCK Personal Training (Rock PT) program (Fall and Spring Sessions - $75 plus ARC membership
  • Fee-based  Youth Cross-Fit program is available for youth ARC members under age 16
  • FREE Blood pressure screening  -  see an Exercise Specialist in the RWFC

Group fitness

Over 40 FREE classes are offered, and taught by nationally certified instructors, each semester with a limited schedule each summer. The class schedules vary depending on instructor availability. ROCK Spin Group Fit classes are FREE to all SRU students and ARC Members. Non-ARC Members can purchase a daily guest pass to participate. Classes are designed to improve cardiovascular health and body composition. The  FALL  2018 Group Fitness schedule offers a wide variety of classes on "land" and in the pool!  Some classes have participant limits due to equipment needed - try to get to the classes early! Check out these FREE classes!! 

Informal Recreation

Enjoy unstructured recreational opportunities for pickup games of basketball, volleyball, soccer, Dek or inline hockey, pickleball and badminton, as well as lap swimming, running/walking on the indoor track, fitness workouts, or scaling the climbing wall. Schedules are posted WEEKLY for the Aquatic Center, Gym A1-4 and GYM B which reflect OPEN court times!   

Intramural (IM) Sports 

This is the most popular extracurricular activity on campus. Team, individual and dual Intramural Sport leagues are offered throughout the academic year. Participants organize their own teams and compete for the coveted Intramural Championship Mugs. There are no prerequisites for experience; so all skill levels are encouraged to participate. In addition, intramural sports participation affords a fine opportunity to develop the essential qualities of leadership, cooperation, self-reliance, and sense of fair play and to form warm friendships that will endure throughout the years. Each and every SRU student is invited to participate in as many activities as he/she desires. 

Outdoor Adventures (OA)

This program is designed to provide outdoor recreation services and educational experiences to the Slippery Rock University students and when possible, to ARC members and the general public.    The Outdoor Program trips and clinics offer opportunities to increase outdoor recreation skills, leadership development and environmental awareness.    Space is limited - 1st come, 1st served!

Safety Certifications

Certification programs are offered throughout the year. Earn a certificate for life guarding, CPR, first aid or Water Safety Instruction (WSI) and increase your employment opportunities and earning power! Registration deadline is the Thursday before the start of class. Advanced registration and payment is required. Age requirement 15 or older unless otherwise noted. All First Aid, CPR/AED and Lifeguard programs are American Red Cross Certified. 

Special Events

Each semester, a variety of Special Events are offered by the Office of Campus Recreation, often in collaboration with other Student Success offices and campus departments. Special Events held in the ARC include "Up till 2am for St Jude,"  "RELAY  for LIFE,"  Mr & Ms SRU Fitness and Physique Show, Campus Recreation Mini-Triathlon, Wellness Expo, Senior Olympics 3v3 Basketball tournament, ARHS Zumbathon and the UPB annual Spring Concert. Special Event information can be found under the "News and Events" tab as it becomes available. ARC Hours of Operations may be modified to host these events.  

club sports

Club Sports provide opportunities for students with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Club Sports bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments and opportunities to practice. New clubs can follow the procedure to become a recognized Slippery Rock University organization registering with the Center for Service, Involvement and Leadership located in the Smith Student Center.  All Sport Cubs are funded through the Student Government Association and managed under the Campus Recreation "umbrella."     The CLUB SPORT registry can be located on CORE.