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Gaucho REC (Recreation & Exercise Classes) is for recreational purposes only; you can learn a new skill, fine tune an old one, or simply keep in shape. There are no pressures, exams, (except for emergency certification classes) or grades-just relax and enjoy! Classes meet once or twice weekly throughout the day and evening. Classes are open to UCSB students, faculty, staff, alumni, affiliates and community members (age restrictions do apply).

Class Fees

Class fees cover instructors' salaries, publicity, use of equipment and some class supplies. You may need to purchase additional supplies for individual projects. Students may attend the first class to spectate at no cost. In order to participate, you must pay for class in full or pay a $5 drop in fee to the night greeter. Drop in fee option is only available at the first class session and will not be applied to the class fee should you decide to continue attending. Students may not pay on a class-by-class basis. Payment are accepted by cash, check or Visa/MasterCard;­ No BARC Billing.

Class Locations

Class Locations consist of a wide variety of locations around campus. Be sure to find out exactly where your class is being held before the first class meeting. See map in the downloads section.
Parking passes are available in the automated machines located in the lots. Click here to see Parking Rates.  Click here to find directions to our facilities.


Online registration is now available here. You may also register in person at the Customer Service Center in the Recreation Center or by mail using the coupon available in the downloads section. Online or mail-in registration not accepted for Wine Tasting or SCUBA Diving classes. Mail-in registration not recommended for Yoga classes as they tend to sell out quickly and priority is given on a first come first served basis.
The Recreation Customer Service Center is located in room 1102 of the Recreation Center on the corner of Mesa and Ocean roads. Customer Service Center hours are: Monday- Friday 8:30am-5:30pm.


Holidays have been taken into consideration and most class dates have been extended to provide make-up sessions.


There are no refunds except those granted at the discretion of the administrative supervisor. Refunds will only be granted should medical or other extenuating circumstances dictate. Medical issues require a doctor’s note. Refunds will only be granted during the first two weeks of each academic quarter (the first week of recreation classes) and will not be issued for schedule conflicts.

All refunds will incur a $10 service charge with the exception of any refund given due to a class cancelation. For class cancelations, every effort will be made to contact participants using the information provided in their recreation registration account to initiate the refund process. ***There is a statue of limitations for claiming a refund. A claim for a refund must be requested within 3 quarters; inclusive of the quarter the participant is enrolled.

Class transfers can only be requested during the first two weeks of each academic quarter (the first week of recreation classes). Refunds, if granted, will come in the form of a check within 4-6 weeks.


Transfers to another class or section time may be made up until one week after the first class meeting.