May 22 - August 4
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00–6:30 PM
Friday, 2:00–6:00 PM
Summer Closures (All Facilities CLOSED)
May 29 (Memorial Day)
What Makes Us Different
- Our programs are instructional, focusing on teaching technique and equipment to help enthusiasts of all skills levels be prepared to enjoy the outdoors. Transportation & Equipment Provided
- Well qualified staff: We keep our instructor to participant ratios low so that we can keep safety and participant needs a priority. Many of our lead instructors have received training and certifications from highly recognized organizations in our field such as the American Mountain Guides Association for rock climbing and the American Canoe Association for paddling.
We offer a range of classes for beginners and first time climbers, for more experienced climbers who wish to improve their climbing technique, and anchor workshops for those who want to learn top rope anchor building techniques. If you are new to rock climbing or just want to practice technique, visit our bouldering wall at the Outdoor Recreation Center. Browse & Register.
Programs are offered throughout the semester. Registration is accepted on an open enrollment basis.
The Bouldering Wall programs for Summer 2017 include weekly Orientations required for members to climb during open hours. Browse & Register.
Bouldering Wall Orientation – Starting 6/05
This class will provide you the information needed to start using the bouldering wall at the UVA Outdoor Recreation Center during our open business hours. This class covers the rules and safety guidelines for using the wall, types of holds, the route rating system, and what good bouldering sense means. **This class is required for everyone who wishes to boulder during our open business hours.
- Each M from 5:00p-5:30p
Whether you are interested in recreational (flat-water) or white water kayaking, we offer a range of classes. For those of you who have never been kayaking, we can help you get started with one of our Recreational Kayak primers on a local reservoir. We also provide roll clinics and roll practice sessions each semester, which would allow you to perform self-rescue in open water or on the river. From our 2-hour clinics to our weekend long white water or sea kayak trips, we have got something for you! Browse & Register.
Kayaking, Intro. to Whitewater – 6/17
The best way to start! This course teaches the beginner how to successfully maneuver a kayak in entry level whitewater. We'll begin in the pool at the pre-trip meeting by helping you get comfortable with the boat and learn paddle strokes. On the water day trip you will get a chance to run class I and II whitewater on a nearby river and to practice and develop new skills! Prerequisite: Previous participation in Roll Workshops is recommended.** Registration for each Outdoor Recreation Program ends five days prior to the first scheduled session of the class (including the pre-trip meeting, if applicable). **
- Sa from 9:00a-5:00p with pre-trip meeting W, 6/14 from 6:00p-8:00p
Kayaking Essentials (Recreational) – 6/7 & 6/24
This class is ideal for beginners who have an interest in kayaking, including those who have recently purchased a kayak and want to develop proper and safe habits. This clinic takes place on a local reservoir and will teach the essentials regarding kayak equipment, boat fitting, safe kayak transport, and strokes technique for proper boat control and paddling efficiently on flat-water. No prior experience is necessary. Transportation and all necessary equipment is provided.**Registration for each Outdoor Recreation program ends 5 days prior to the first scheduled session of the class.**
- W 6/7 from 5:00p-8:30p
- Sa 6/24 from 9:00a-1:00p
Kayak Roll Practice – 6/21
These two-hour sessions give participants the opportunity to practice their roll technique and meet future paddling partners. Practice sessions are supervised by our trained instructors. Note: These sessions do not provide step by step instruction in roll technique (see 'Roll Workshops'). Participants should have prior experience in a kayak.
- W from 6:00p-8:00p
Kayak Roll Workshop – 6/19, 6/20 & 6/22
Learn 'the cornerstone of successful kayaking', the Eskimo Roll. Three two-hour sessions cover boat fitting, entries and exits. The majority of the time is spent learning and perfecting the Eskimo Roll via the 'C to C' method.
- M Tu Th from 6:00p-8:00p
Our other workshops offer a spectrum of various outdoor recreational activities following the same format of our other classes. In addition, you can also request map and compass workshops along with equipment skill seminars. Browse & Register.
Contact us: 434-924-3791
Poplar Ridge Challenge Course is the experiential learning and training component of Outdoor Recreation. Poplar Ridge provides leadership, team building, and organizational development for a variety of groups using both low and/or high elements on our challenge course.