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. 


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.

Swim Lessons

Slippery Rock Area Parks & Recreation rents aquatic center space to conduct youth swim lessons. 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.  Adult Wall Liability waiver must be completed prior to climbing.  Parent/guardian must sign Youth Wall Waiver. Youth age 12 and under must be directly supervised, by an adult 18 or older, at the climbing wall.  Contact Assistant Director, Andy Loue, 724.738.2883, for additional information.

Top-Rope Climbing: Climb with a rope system and belayer- Hours dependent on staffing       
Bouldering: Climb without a rope system. Height limit approx. 12 feet.  Available during all open ARC hours of operation

Fitness and 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 (newly renovated!)  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 registered in a specific youth fitness program.  Contact Assistant Director, Ryan Stack, 724.738.2924 for additional information.

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 ROCK-FIT program is available for youth ARC members under age 16 (summer only)

Group Fitness

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. Group fitness classes 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. 

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 added for the Aquatic Center, Gym A1-4 and GYM B which reflect open court times!   

Intramural (IM) Sports 

This is one of the most popular extracurricular activities on campus. Team, individual and dual Intramural Sport leagues are offered throughout the academic year. Participants organize their own teams. 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 activity requires registration and payment through here. For additional Information, contact Assistant Director, Matt Lobaugh at 724.738.4875.

Outdoor Adventures (OA)

This program is designed to provide outdoor recreation services and educational experiences to the Slippery Rock University students. The Outdoor Program trips and clinics offer opportunities to increase outdoor recreation skills, leadership development and environmental awareness. Space is limited and on a 1st come 1st served basis.

Reach Program 

Located in the wooded area near the on-campus Ski Lodge/campground,  Campus Recreation has undertaken the management of the NEW challenge/high ropes course and tower with zip line.  Referred to as the REACH program, these facility components can be scheduled for leadership and student development opportunities for on-campus student groups and organizations. Contact Andy Loue (724.738.2883) for additional information. 

Safety Certifications

Certification programs are offered throughout the year. Earn a certificate for lifeguarding, CPR, first aid or Water Safety Instruction (WSI) and increase your employment opportunities and earning power! 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. Contact Vanessa Johnson. or 724.738.4516.

Special Events

Each semester, a variety of special events are offered by the Office of Campus Recreation, often in collaboration with other Student Affairs 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, Cyclo-Cross, HealthFest (fall) and Wellness Expo (spring), Pittsburgh Steelwheelers Quad Rugby tournament, Senior Olympics 3v3 Basketball tournament, 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 clubs are funded through the Student Government Association and managed under the Campus Recreation umbrella.