Registration, Participation and Cancellation Policies


  • 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 Adventure Rec office is available beginning at the same time and date as online registration, then continuing throughout the quarter.
  • Minimum age for all Adventure Rec activities is 16 years old, unless otherwise noted in the activity description.
  • Students under the age of 18 attempting to enroll online will need to have a parent or guardian create an account, add the student as a dependent on that account, then register the student on their behalf. Completing the online waiver requires an adult signature. 
  • 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. Please note the Academic Year 2019/20 changes above. 

Online Registration - Login instructions

  • UCSC Students, staff and faculty: All UCSC students, staff and faculty automatically have an account. Your login is your UCSC Gold CruzID. Incoming students CruzID accounts are not available until approximately one month before the start of the Fall quarter.
  • Non-UCSC Students, staff or faculty are "Community Members." If this is your first time using
    • Create an account at your first login. At the bottom of the login page, click "Sign up."
    • After creating your account, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Click on the activiation link in that email to activate your account.
    • When you return to, log in as "Community Members."


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 Adventure Rec 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.
  • 7 days or more prior to the activity start date, full refund, 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 Adventure Rec office will call or email you.

Behavioral Expectations

Adventure Rec activities build connections, are often filled with laughter and adventure, and require thoughtful participation in small groups. The following activities could detract from positive participation, compromise safety, may be illegal, and are prohibited during Adventure Rec activities:

  • Possesion of or use of alcohol 
  • Possession of or use of drugs, including cannabis
  • Nudity, including skinny dipping

Violations of these expectations are grounds for immediate removal from the activity and subsequent disciplinary actions from the University.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

The Essential Eligibility Criteria are applicable for all Adventure Rec activities. Qualification for participation in Adventure Rec activities is contingent on a person meeting the program specific EEC’s. If an applicant does not meet specific criteria, Adventure Rec might be able to accommodate an individual, but may not if it fundamentally alters the nature of the program activity, places an undue financial burden on the department or university, or jeopardizes the health and well being of participants or staff.

View the full description of Adventure Rec's Essential Eligibility Criteria.


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

Assumption of Risk

Adventure Rec 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.