Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs

Paddling, Kayaking and Hiking Experiences

Get outside safely and see the San Francisco Bay from a whole new perspective. UCSF Fitness and Recreation is excited to offer rejuvenating paddling, kayaking and hiking experiences to UCSF students at no charge, and to UCSF employees at a discounted rate.

Our boathouse, located in the Mission Creek Park, is a short walk from the Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center at Mission Bay. All skill levels are welcome, as we provide equipment, instructions, and on-water safety guides.

Join us for an adventure, outside.

Outdoor Programs for UCSF Faculty and Staff

Kayak Rental
Join us for a relaxing guided paddle along Mission Creek to McCovey Cove and take in beautiful views of the SF Giant’s baseball stadium, the Bay Bridge, and beyond. This is a wonderful way to enjoy our world-class backyard.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Rental
SUP is fun, easy, and right in our backyard at Mission Creek. Our staff teaches you the basics and guides you on the creek’s calm water which makes for a stable ride on the paddle board.  It’s an ideal place for beginners. Boards, paddles, and life jackets are all included. No experience needed.

Sign up for a Trip Rental
Rentals are only open to UCSF staff and faculty. If you are not a current Fitness and Recreation member, please create a guest account to book your trip rental.
1. Log In/Create Account
- Guests: Create a GUEST ACCOUNT on our app or website (guest account must be in participant’s name).
- Members: Log in to your account.
2. Select the trip rental date and time
3. You will be prompted to purchase a single-use “series sale” for the program.
4. Once purchased, you must go back and book the trip (use/activate the “series sale”). If this step is skipped, the booking has not been completed.
5. You will receive a confirmation email confirming your trip rental. If you have not received the confirmation email within 5-10 minutes, the booking did not go through and your spot is not reserved or confirmed.

Fees:
• UCSF Fitness and Recreation Member - $35 (regular price $65, discount already applied at checkout)
• Non-member: $40 (regular price $65, discount already applied at checkout)

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About Signing Up Online

Cancellations and No-Shows
Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend, cancel using our app at least 48 hours prior to the start of the activity. (Click on the booking and a cancel button will appear. If you have a problem, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) This allows another participant to take your spot in our popular program. To cancel with less than 48 hours prior to the start of the activity, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). A credit towards a future trip will be issued, or a refund minus $30 processing fee.
No-Shows: No credits or refunds will be issued.

Free Outdoor Programs for UCSF Students

Kayak Rental
Join us for a relaxing guided paddle along Mission Creek to McCovey Cove and take in beautiful views of the SF Giant’s baseball stadium, the Bay Bridge, and beyond. This is a wonderful way to enjoy our world-class backyard.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Rental
SUP is fun, easy, and right in our backyard at Mission Creek. Our staff teaches you the basics and guides you on the creek’s calm water which makes for a stable ride on the paddle board.  It’s an ideal place for beginners. Boards, paddles, and life jackets are all included. No experience needed.

UCSF Student Hikes
Join one of Outdoor Program’s knowledgeable staff on a free hike into one of the Bay Area’s many open space areas. Enjoy the fresh air and nature while staying local and safe. With locations like the Marin Headlands, Point Reyes, and other open spaces, the array of potential explorations is endless.

How to Register for a Trip Rental - UCSF Students
1. Activate your account by filling out this form
2. Once completed, a member of the UCSF Fitness and Recreation team will follow up with you within 24-48 hours to confirm your account is activated and to provide you with instructions on how to sign up for your rental.
3. Please note you cannot reserve a free rental until the above form is completed and you receive a Welcome Email from a member of our team.


Cancellations and No-Shows
Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend, cancel using our app at least 48 hours prior to the start of the activity. (Click on the booking and a cancel button will appear. If you have a problem, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) This allows another participant to take your spot in our popular program. No refunds will be provided within 48 hours of your reservation.
No-Shows: If you do not attend a trip and do not send an email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) at least six hours prior to the activity, booking privileges for activities through 6/30/21 will be revoked.

Outdoor Fitness

F45 Track
Stay active outdoors with us! Our popular F45 Training program is now being held at the Mission Bay Koret Quad. Join us for a 45-minute total body workout. Single classes or memberships available. Visit our Membership page to learn more.

Personal Training
Let our nationally certified trainers create a custom program to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. Sessions are by appointment. Workouts are done outdoors while wearing a mask and physically distant. For more information, contact Adrienne Chambers: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

COVID-19 Safety

As part of the UCSF Fitness and Recreation Outdoor Programs, we long for breathtaking adventures and sometimes adrenaline producing endeavors. However, safety is always our priority. Below are the safety measures we’re taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

• All equipment is cleaned, sanitized, and not used for 72 hours between uses
• Staff and participants are required to pass the UCSF daily health screening process
• Staff and participants are required to wear masks at all times
• Physical distancing of six feet will be maintained while on land, launching and docking, and while on the water
• Two-person kayaks are limited to people from the same household


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