Cancellation Policies, Registration and Participation


  • Registration opens the first Tuesday of each quarter, at 9am.
  • Online registration is recommended to increase your chances of joining the activities you want.
  • Walk-in registration at the Recreation office is available beginning at the same time and date as online registration, then continuing throughout the quarter.
  • Minimum age for all Recreation activities is 16 years old, unless otherwise noted in the activity description.
  • All Outdoor Adventures (Adventure Trips, Surfing, Spring Break Trips, Kayaking and Wilderness Orientation) are open only to UCSC students. All other activities are open to community members as well as UCSC students, faculty and staff, unless otherwise noted.

Online Registration - Login instructions

  • UCSC Students, staff and faculty: All UCSC students, staff and faculty have an account, beginning 9/27/18. Your login is your UCSC Gold CruzID. 
  • Non-UCSC Students, staff or faculty: Create an OPERS account at your first login. At the bottom of the login page, click "Sign up if you don't have a local account."


Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Online registration requires a credit card. Cash, check or cards are accepted with walk-in registrations.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • You may withdraw from an activity by contacting the Recreation office by phone or in-person. (831) 459-2806.
  • During the first week of the quarter only, cancellations within 48 hours of your registration are eligible for a full refund minus $10 cancellation fee.
  • 7 days or more prior to the activity start date, full refund minus a $10 cancellation fee, only if someone from the waitlist is able to take your spot.
  • Less than 7 days prior to the activity start date all registration fees are nonrefundable.
  • For any class that has multiple sessions, spaces are non-transferable after it has begun.
  • Please note that Wilderness Medicine courses and Wilderness Orientation trips have more strict refund, cancellation and transfer policies.


If an activity is full, joining the waitlist is encouraged as spots typically open up. If a spot opens up, the Recreation office will call or email you.


OPERS/Recreation does not provide insurance for Recreation participants. We strongly encourage all participants, including non-students, to have appropriate health care coverage.

Assumption of Risk

Recreation is committed to doing everything possible to manage risk and maintain safety. Of course no guarantees of safety can be provided. All participants are required to sign an assumption of risk, releasing Recreation and the University from liability.


If a participant requires an evacuation for any reason, they are fully responsible for the costs.