Category: Recreation News

Michigan Tech Recreation Indoor Triathlon

Registration is now open!

You don’t have to win, you just have to TRI! Michigan Tech Recreation is hosting an indoor triathlon for MTU students and SDC Access Pass Holders (minimum one-month). Unlike a traditional triathlon, which covers fixed distances of swimming, biking, and running, indoor triathlons challenge competitors to race the greatest distance within a fixed time frame. Beginners and seasoned athletes are welcome to participate in the 10-minute swim, 15-minute bike, and 10-minute run! Transition time is provided between events. Event capacity is limited.

The indoor triathlon will take place on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the SDC. Open to MTU students and SDC Access Pass Holders (minimum one-month) with a valid MTU student ID or SDC Access Pass. Must be 16 years of age or older to participate.

Registration Details:

  • Cost: It’s free! (But you must register to participate!)
  • Registration is now open!
  • Registration Closes: Tuesday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m.

Register Now for Spring Sports Camps & Clinics!

Registration is open for Spring 2024 Sports Camps and Clinics, but time is running out!

Registration is available online, in person at the SDC Ticket Office, or by calling the SDC Ticket Office at 906-487-2073. Sign up today!

Spring Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Registration Open

Is your child looking for a new challenge? Sign up now for the OAP Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Class and let them climb our wall! We try to meet each participant at their level and encourage them to challenge themselves. For ages 5-8, classes will be spent letting students get used to climbing and allowing them to safely explore the climbing world while having fun. For ages 9-14, we aim to help students improve their climbing skills with advice and technique to help them and build their confidence as climbers. All equipment will be provided including shoes, harnesses, and helmets. Class size is limited.


  • March 8, 15, 29, April 5
    • Fridays, 4:00-4:50 pm (ages 5-8)
    • Fridays, 5:00-5:50 pm (ages 9-14)

No experience is necessary, all required gear is provided by the OAP. Please wear comfortable athletic clothing (t-shirts, athletic pants/shorts). Parents must be present at the first class to sign and provide required forms and receive any important information and announcements.


Session $50/participant (includes needed equipment – harness, ropes, helmet, belay; as well as teaching cost)

Registration closes March 6, 11:59 pm.

Spring Huskies Aquatics Programs Session 2

Registration for Spring Session 2 Youth Aquatics Programs is now open!

Registration for Session 2 Adult Aquatics Programs is open as well!

Questions? Contact Annie Bengry, Aquatics Manager, at or call (906) 487-2995.

Defensive Handgun Course

Our Defensive Handgun Course is designed to educate the students about the handguns that are best for personal defense. There will be some time on the range and in the classroom. We will go over the draw stroke, moving and shooting, the plausibility principle, and the balance of speed and precision. We will also cover Defensive Accuracy, Lateral Motion, the Critical Incident Reload, Volume of Fire, and Realistic Training for Target Engagement. No experience is necessary. Class size is limited.

Special Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Handgun – We recommend you train with your carry handgun as you must have a working knowledge of how to use your handgun and how to do it safely.
  • 300 rounds of ammunition
  • 3 magazines (You may want more if your magazine’s capacity is 10 or less.)
  • A good holster and belt – Handgun holsters should be good quality with proper retention (no Serpa or that style release, no cloth Uncle Mike’s style).
  • A way to carry extra magazines (pants pocket or magazine carrier)
  • Eye and ear protection


  • Saturday, February 17, 8:30am – 5:00pm (registration closes February 14, 11:59pm)
  • Saturday, April 2, 8:30am – 5:00pm (registration closes April 17, 11:59pm)

Cost $150/person

PADI Open Water SCUBA Course March 15-1

Registration for the next PADI Open Water SCUBA Course is now open.

The course is conducted over two weekends and includes:

  • Ten hours of academic instruction (some coursework to be completed independently),
  • Ten hours of confined water training (SDC Pool), and
  • Four certification dives in Lake Superior (Marquette).

Upon registration, students will be given all required reading material and paperwork to complete prior to the start of the course. Students must be 18 years old and be able to swim 200 yards comfortably.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to all class sites, including the SDC and dive location in Marquette.

Course Dates and Times:

  • Friday, March 15 — 5-10 pm, SDC
  • Saturday, March 16 — 8 am – 10 pm, SDC
  • Sunday, March 17 — 8 am – 12 pm, SDC
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, or Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 — Open Dives in Marquette (exact location and time TBA)

Cost is $575 per person (includes all instruction, fees, and training materials). The deadline to register is February 29, 11:59 pm.

Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL) Courses – Register Today

Earn your Michigan Concealed Pistol License in one of two remaining courses offered this spring at the SDC Shooting Range.

  • Saturday, March 16, 8 am-5 pm (registration closes March 13, 11:59 pm)
  • Saturday, April 13, 8 am-5 pm (registration closes April 10, 11:59 pm)

Cost $150/person (with own equipment), $185/person (with rental equipment 9mm pistol)

No experience is necessary. Rental equipment is available. Must be a minimum of 20 years of age to participate.

For more information, visit CPL.

Spring 2024 Aikido Gleason Sensei Seminar March 22-24

Experience a rare opportunity to train with world-class Aikido instructor, William Gleason, in the SDC Fitness Studio March 22-24! Gleason Shihan will focus on the internal applications of Aiki to one’s Aikido practice. We encourage all of our Aikido brothers and sisters to join us for the training.


  • Session 1: Friday, March 22, 8:15-10:15 pm
  • Session 2: Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Session 3: Saturday, March 23, 3:00-5:30 pm
  • Session 4: Sunday, March 24, 12:00-2:30 pm
  • Full Seminar (all 4 sessions) – Registration closes March 15, 11:59 pm.

Open to all who are interested. Must be at least 16 years old OR adult chaperone and approval from the seminar coordinator, Mark Campbell-Olszewski, to participate.  Previous martial arts experience is helpful but not required.


  • Registration opens January 31, 12:00 am.
  • Registration for the full seminar closes March 15, 11:59 pm.
  • Registration for individual sessions closes March 17, 11:59 pm.
  • MTU Students/Aikido Club Members
  • Full Seminar (all 4 sessions) $125
  • Individual Session $35

General Public

  • Full Seminar (all 4 sessions) $150
  • Individual Session $40

WIBIT Wednesday at the SDC Pool

MTU students, SDC Access Pass holders (minimum one-month), and WIBIT Wednesday Pass holders come make a splash with our inflatable pool obstacle course called the WIBIT!

  • Wednesday, January 31, 5-8 pm — Step/Bridge/V-Connect/Cliff/Slope
  • Wednesday, March 6, 5-8 pm Step/Bridge/V-Connect/Slope
  • Wednesday, April 10, 5-8 pm Step/Bridge/Cliff/Slope

Events will be held this spring for current MTU students, SDC Access Pass holders (minimum one-month), and WIBIT Wednesday Pass holders. Test your individual skills on the course or challenge a friend to a race across the obstacles. The course is set up in the deep water and requires users to be able to pass our swim test. See the WIBIT rules and swim test content on our website for more information.

There are many different pieces of the WIBIT and each event will have a featured combination. Potential featured pieces include:

  • The Step — This piece allows users to climb up onto the course.
  • The Base — Users must make their way across a horizontal surface. Be careful how fast you move, as it can get slippery!
  • The Cliff — Users must navigate either side of a slope using the handles and their balancing skills.
  • V-Connect — Users must use limited footing space to navigate across the horizontal structure.
  • The Bridge — Users must navigate up and over an arched structure without falling through.
  • The Slope — Users must climb up a six-foot wall that leads to a slide into the pool water below!

Come visit us at the pool to try out your skills! For more information, visit WIBIT.

MacInnes Student Ice Arena will be Closed for Renovations in the Spring & Summer

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech’s John MacInnes Student Ice Arena will be closed this spring and summer for overdue facility maintenance. The renovation project will begin after spring commencement and will be completed in mid-August.

During the closure, crews will be replacing the air handling units which are original to the construction of the building in 1970.

The summer closure affects all activities in the ice arena, including hockey camp, figure skating camp, and ice rentals. Normal activities plan to resume in Summer 2025.

The John MacInnes Ice Arena is home to Michigan Tech’s NCAA Division I hockey program. The facility is also used for recreational skating, youth, and adult hockey rentals, kinesiology and physiology classes, intramurals, and spring commencement. Construction on the arena began in 1970 and was opened for the 1971-72 hockey season. The building has received numerous renovations since its opening which include new seating and flooring in 2008, luxury suite additions in 2009, ice plant upgrade in 2012, and a new LED digital scoreboard in 2013.

For inquiries, please contact