For Parents & Supporters

Welcome to Recreation & Wellness!

Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) offers a wide variety of recreational, wellness, competitive, and educational resources that support your physical and mental well-being. We provide inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and wellbeing, and encourage student development and success.

The good news is, we have something for everyone! Check out all that we have to offer below by browsing those areas that most interest you. And never hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you, and we can't wait to connect with you, whether that's in person or virtual

RecWell Student Staff - Summer 2020


  • One-on-one or group lessons 
  • Learn to swim or improve existing swim skills 
  • Develop fundamental skills while building confidence in the water 
  • Hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills 
  • Intended for individuals to use in the workplace and schools
  • Classes combine lecture with interactive video demonstrations featuring emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a variety of environments.
  • Drop-in classes led by a certified Group Exercise Instructor 
  • Encouraging, supportive environment in a group setting 
  • All fitness levels welcome!
  • One-on-one coaching from a Certified Personal Trainer 
  • Fitness programming tailored to the client's unique goals 
  • Promotes accountability, and provides and skills while building confidence

  • Group workout led by Certified Personal Trainers 
  • Learn proper lifting technique and training theory
  • Offers a motivational, knowledgable, and supportive environment 
  • Offer Heavy Bag Kickboxing classes

  • Friendly and knowledgable staff to guide your fitness journey
  • Fitness assessments and free, customized workout plans 
  • Equipment orientation and strategies for exercise adherence

Outdoor Adventures

  • Free drop-in climbing for students
  • No experience necessary
  • Equipment provided
  • Education opportunities on rock climbing, hiking, camping, & wilderness medical skills.
  • Primarily for novice to intermediate level skills.
  • Basic backpacking gear rentals include tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking stoves, & more.
  • Affordable rates.
  • Available to GVSU students and staff.
  • Mainly hiking & climbing trips appropriate for individuals with little to no previous experience.
  • Equipment provided as necessary.
  • Locations have included: U.P. Michigan, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Utah, Tennessee, & more!
GVSU Climbing Center
Outdoor Trip

Sports Programs

Intramural Sports

Club Sports

  • 45+ sports are offered with various levels of time commitment and cost. 
  • Club Sports provide an opportunity to represent GVSU by competing locally, regionally and nationally.
Intramural Sports

Laker Esports

  • 23 Esport stations available
  • Drop in play during open hours
  • Located in lower level of Kirhof Center

Student Wellness


WIT Peer Educators

Connect with our Wellness Information Team Peer Educators.

  • They are GVSU students from a variety of backgrounds here to talk to you about nutrition, sexual health, and general wellness.
  • Request a presentation, Ask WIT a question, or learn about wellness topics in their blog posts.

Wellness Coaching

We can assist each student client by providing access to accurate wellness and lifestyle information, helping students explore new behaviors/skills, and identifying useful campus and/or community resources.

Get Connected

  • We employ ~150 students each semester 
  • Job opportunities are offered in all program areas of interest (including internships and fieldwork).
  • Working with RecWell promotes student development, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, time management, professionalism, and leadership skills
IM Sports


Rec Center

  • Free access as a student with GVSU ID
  • Rec Center hours vary by semester
  • 95,000 total square feet with equipment checkouts, office suites, multiple weight rooms, an instructional fitness studio, men's & women's locker rooms, a gender inclusive locker room, various sport courts, multipurpose courts, and a large functional training space 

GVSU Recreation Center Video Tour

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Recreation & Wellness is a department in the Division of Student Affairs at Grand Valley State University.

Page last modified March 9, 2022