Recreation and Wellness Center

The Outdoor Adventure Trips Program provides students an opportunity to enhance their experience at UCF by providing fun and enriching outdoor experiences. From 1-day excursions to week-long expeditions, Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of trips for students to choose from.

Even if you're new to the outdoors, the Trips Program has something for you. Experience the beauty of the Florida wilderness or travel to must-see destinations across the country; all while making new friendships and learning new skills. So if you're ready to rise with the sun, step out of your comfort zone and have an adventure you'll remember for a lifetime, sign up for a trip today! Sign up for our trips at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

The OAC is room 154, located on the first floor of the Recreation and Wellness Center, just past the racquetball courts, down the long hallway, across from the RWC Wet Classroom and Men's locker room entrance to the lap pool.

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Bahamas Sailing Expedition @ Bahamas

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Cost $900
Capacity 14
Includes Food, instruction, equipment
Sign-Up Period July 17th, 2017 – September 15th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Sailing Adventure in the Bahamas is a 6-day live-aboard learning adventure. The group (12-14 participants) will live aboard two sailboats as part of the crew with the captain and mate. As members of the crew, the group will take part in sailing the boat, navigation, preparing meals, and other activities needed to run the boat. No experience is necessary. We guide students in learning the skills needed to get the boat from place to place. Everyone will take part in hoisting, trimming and taking down the sails, steering, tacking, anchoring, navigating and general safety on board. Students can also learn to identify the abundant sea life and will gain a renewed appreciation for reef and ocean ecology. Students will have opportunities to lead the group and will gain experience with group dynamics, conflict resolution and problem solving.

*Flights are not included in the cost of this trip. Participants should not book any flights until trip is confirmed by Outdoor Adventure Graduate Assistant. Payments include an initial $100 deposit and two separate payments of $395.

General Itinerary
Day 1: Board the vessels in Marsh Harbour; orientation; sail or motor to first anchorage; swim and snorkel review; Dinner
Day 2-5: Days begin with breakfast followed by introduction to sailing, introduction to navigation and sailing instruction.
• Each day, the group will help to sail the boats to one of the Abaco Cays and/or one of the coral reefs.
• Most days include snorkeling, visits to local settlements, swimming, fishing and exploring.
• Visits include all or most of the following cays and possibly others: Man O War Cay, Great Guana Cay; Elbow Cay and Hopetown; Matt Lowes Cay; Lynyard Cay. Some favorite stops include snorkeling at the Fowl Cay Reef national preserve, climbing the historic Hope Town Lighthouse (built in 1862) for the unbeatable view, and visiting the traditional boat-building settlement of Man-O-War Cay.
• Each night is spent on board anchored near one of the Abaco Cays. The final night is spent back in Marsh Harbour.
Day 6: Breakfast; packing; departures.

Contact Kevin Buchanan at kevin.buchanan@ucf.edu with any questions.

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Utah National Park Road Trip @ Utah, USA

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Cost $400
Capacity 12
Includes Food, instruction, equipment
Sign-Up Period November 27th, 2017 – February 9th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Friday, February 9th, 2018

Join Outdoor Adventure for a road trip through The Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah! From looping orange bluffs in Arches to experiencing an International Dark Sky Park in Canyonlands, we will be spending a day in each of the national parks and camping every night. You can expect to be hiking in each of the locations and learning about the history of the different parks we visit along with technical skills like navigation and setting up camp. Students will gain experience with group dynamics, problem solving, and trip planning. Below we have included our basic itinerary:

March 10 (Saturday) - Everyone will book their own flights into Salt Lake City, UT
March 11 (Sunday) - Arches National Park
March 12 (Monday) - Canyonlands National Park
March 13 (Tuesday) - Capitol Reef National Park
March 14 (Wednesday) - Escalante-Grand Staircase Monument
March 15 (Thursday) - Bryce Canyon National Park
March 16 (Friday) - Zion National Park
March 17 (Saturday) - Fly back to Orlando International Airport

Come into the Outdoor Adventure Center (first floor of the RWC) for more information and to sign up for this trip for only $400!*

Contact Rachel Skeen at Rachel.Skeen@ucf.edu with any questions

*Flights are not included in the cost of this trip. Participants should not book any flights until trip is confirmed by Outdoor Adventure Trips Lead. Payments include an initial $100 deposit.

Assumption of Risk Statement

Participation in Recreation and Wellness Center programs is completely voluntary. Individuals participate at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own health and safety. The University of Central Florida and the Recreation and Wellness Center are not liable for injuries sustained during participation in a Recreation and Wellness Center sponsored activity. It is strongly recommended that all participants consult a physician and/or have a physical exam prior to participation. The University of Central Florida does not provide personal accident/health insurance. Therefore, participants are urged to secure their own insurance. You may suffer physical and/or mental injury from participating in these activities.