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Inclusive Recreation

The Department of Recreational Sports’ mission is to offer experiences that enrich the lives of University of Florida students through excellence in facilities, fitness, sport, adventure and play. RecSports strives to be inclusive and provide a variety of accommodations for equal access to our programs and facilities.

One of our values is to enhance the quality of life of our members through participation. We encourage students of all abilities to develop life-long healthy lifestyles.

RecSports is able to facilitate many accommodations throughout the facility and are committed to providing an inclusive experience for all students. Please submit an Accommodation Request form prior to your arrival so that we may best serve you. In order to constantly improve your RecSports experience, we appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have.

*If you have questions regarding Personal Care Attendant access to the facilities, please contact Marty Dempsey at (352) 273-2428.

  • Campus Partners
    • Disability Resource Center
      • The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides services to students with physical, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. The staff will work with students to set up different means of accommodations that fit the individual’s needs. Some of the accommodations they provide include testing accommodations, note-taker services, interpreting services and use of an assisted listening device. For more information on DRC, visit
    • Gator Lift Service
      • The Gator Lift Service offers a free and convenient shuttle within the boundaries of campus at the University of Florida. This service is open to students, faculty and staff with mobility related disabilities, and is available Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (holidays are excluded). To learn more about the Gator Lift Service and how it can be requested, visit
    • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Office

Per the ADA guidelines, the University of Florida is required to make accommodations to the known physical and mental limitations of those with disabilities. To offer the utmost services to students, staff, faculty and visitors, the ADA Compliance Office has a coordinator who remains responsible in providing answers to anyone with questions about access. For more information about the ADA Compliance Office and the services they provide, visit

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  • ADA Accessible Facilities and Features including:
    • O’Connell Center and Florida Pools
      • Entrances
      • Hydraulic aquatic lift
      • Accessible showers and restrooms
    • Southwest Recreation Center (SWRC) and Student Recreation and Fitness Center (SRFC)
      • Entrances
      • Elevator
      • Accessible showers and restrooms
      • Indoor track (SWRC)
    • Lake Wauburg
      • At North Park:
        • Parking spaces close to the lodge
        • Parking spaces close to the boat ramp to access the pavilion
        • Transferable beach chairs
        • Accessible picnic tables
        • Accessible restrooms
        • Accessible path through the park
        • ADA Kayak Launch with transfer bench
        • Water wheelchair with large wheels to maneuver through sand (which can be transferred to South.)
      • At South Shore:
        • Parking spaces near restrooms
        • Accessible picnic tables
        • Accessible restrooms
        • Accessible path in the park to the nature dock; nature dock is accessible for chair users

For the UF Outdoor Team Challenge Courses, we have a 4:1 haul system at the Alpine Tower for those with disabilities.

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Programs and Features

  • Aquatics
    • Adult Swimming Program
    • Recreational swimming
  • Fitness
    • Strength and Conditioning
      • ​Southwest Recreation Center
        • Upper-body ergometer (handbike)
        • Krankcycle
        • Medicine balls & dynaballs
        • Bodyblades
        • Free motion cable equipment
        • Cable cross machines
        • Resistance bands
        • Free weights (dumbbells, benches, kettlebells)
          • * Ask our Strength & Conditioning staff for a spot if you need assistance with free weights.
        • Shoulder “military” press
        • Smith machine
        • Selectorized weight machines
        • Kinesis Stations
      • Student Recreation Center
        • ​Krankcycle
        • Medicine balls & dynaballs
        • Free motion cable equipment
        • Resistance bands
        • Free weights (dumbbells, benches, kettlebells)
          • * Ask our Strength & Conditioning staff for a spot if you need assistance with free weights.
        • Selectorized weight machines
    • Fitness Assessment Center
    • Personal Training
    • Group Fitness
      • Many adaptions can be made in the classes. For instance, in any of the Cycle classes, the bikes can be replaced with Krankcycles, if request is made in advance.
  • Small Group Training
  • Massage Therapy
  • Sports Events
    • Goalball
    • Sitting Volleyball
  • Lake Wauburg
    • Boating
    • Climbing wall
    • 18-Hole Disc Golf Course
    • Sailing
    • UF Outdoor Team Challenge Courses
  • Open Recreation
    • Velcro straps available
    • Racquets with wrist brace
    • Hand strap/cuffs
    • Brightly colored soccer balls

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