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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Recreation office will call or email you.


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.