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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Learn to Surf Trip @ Ormond Beach, Florida

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Equipment, instruction and transportation
Sign-Up Period May 26th, 2017 – July 8th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf, or maybe you have tried it a couple times and want to hone in on your shredding skills. Our learn to surf trips are geared towards beginners wanting to learn how to surf or intermediate surfers wanting to improve their technique. Our staff will provide soft top long boards to learn on, instruction and some one on one instruction time. Lunch is not provided, but we will provide coolers for you to bring a lunch. We will meet at the Outdoor Adventure Center the morning of the 27th and transportation is provided from UCF to Ormond Beach and back. Interested in this trip or any others that we offer? Make sure to sign up in the OAC during open hours of operation, our trips fill up quickly.

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White Water Rafting & Caving Trip- Wait-list Only @ Fackler, Al

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Cost $75
Capacity 8
Includes Rafting, caving, equipment, instruction, transportation, food (students will be responsible for purchasing their meals while we travel)
Sign-Up Period June 2nd, 2017 – July 12th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, July 10th, 2017

This trip will depart on Thursday morning (~10:30am) to make the trek up to Fackler, Alabama. We will be camping in tents right outside of the cave that evening and spend all day Friday exploring the wold underground. This is a very strenuous activity and students wishing to sign up must be in good physical shape.

Saturday morning we will drive down to Columbus Georgia to enjoy white water rafting! Experience the biggest whitewater in the Eastern United States! The river has rapids like those found in Colorado and Zimbabwe. You will be accompanied by expert guides who will bring you home to tell a great new story of your experience!

Sunday morning we will make a quick pit stop to stretch out legs and enjoy the views at Providence Canyon State Park (also known as the little Grand Canyon).

This will be a jammed packed trip full over adventure and physical activity, we also will be traveling in the vans quite a bit so bring your best car games.

*Trip cost is $75.00-
-$65.00 will be due at the time of sign up
- Each participant will need to bring $10.00 cash to pay cave registration fees on the trip

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Bioluminescence Night Paddle @ Indian River, Fl

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period July 7th, 2017 – July 28th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, July 24th, 2017

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces a sold-light called bioluminescence! From the swirl of your paddle or the trail of a speeding school of mullet (which look like hundreds of blue-green underwater bottle rockets), to the ghostly glow of a slow moving manatee or sting ray, every movement is illumined. No need to travel to Puerto Rico to see this phenomenon. It's right here in sunny Central Florida.

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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 Coordinator.

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.
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• 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.

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.