Something for everyone .......

Welcome to the OPERS website! 

We are so glad you found us! Here at OPERS, our goal is to enrich the total educational experience by promoting physical activity, encouraging health and wellness, building community, and cultivating leadership. Through our diverse offerings in classes, workshops, outdoor adventure trips, intramural sports leagues, tournaments, clubs, drop-in activities, and recreational facilities, we strive to provide opportunities for UCSC students, staff and faculty, retirees, alumni, and local community members to participate.  As one of the largest student employers on campus, we also have many work-study and non-work student jobs in our facilities and programs. Please browse our website and see how you can get involved. At OPERS, there is   "Something for everyone!" 

OPERS Mission Statement:

To provide a wide variety of professional programs and physical activities that promote and enhance community, learning, leadership, lifelong wellness, and academic success.

OPERS Administrative Org Chart

There are six departments under the Office of Physical Education, Recreation & Sports:

  • Physical Education Classes (found in the UCSC Course Catalog)

  • Intramural Sports

  • Sports/Recreation Clubs

  • Athletics (NCAA Division III)

  • Recreation

  • FitLife (Drop In Fitness Classes and Personal Training)

In addition, there are two inter-disciplinary programs:

  • Scuba (Physical Education classes and Recreation Club)

  • Boating (Physical Education classes, Recreation Club, and Community Boating Center)

And three youth programs:

  • Slug Aquatics

  • Summer Boating 

  • Sammy Slug Summer Camp