Category: Recreation News

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.

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.

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

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

Spring 2024 Open Log Rolling

Open Log Rolling is set for Spring 2024!

January 16 – April 23, 2024 (no log rolling February 27)
Tuesdays, 8-10 pm in the SDC Lap Pool

Open to MTU Students and SDC Access Pass Holders (minimum 1-month) only.

Cost: FREE!

No experience is necessary. Most new rollers pick up the basics quickly, though for some it may take a little longer. The focus will be on balance, foot movement, and core strength; the more you do it, the better you will get! A basic demonstration of swimming proficiency will be required on the first day. Must be able to swim at least 10 yards unassisted.

Spring 2024 Michigan Concealed Pistol License Courses

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

  • Saturday, February 3, 8am-5pm (registration closes January 31, 11:59pm)
  • Saturday, March 16, 8am-5pm (registration closes March 13, 11:59pm)
  • Saturday, April 13, 8am-5pm (registration closes April 10, 11:59pm)

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.

Indoor Range Bullseye Shooting League

Michigan Tech Indoor Range Bullseye Shooting League allows for a great time shooting with friends and family with just a little competition mixed in. Ten sessions will be held on Sundays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Rules are simple, and you can practice during the range posted Public times. All scoring targets will be shot in one continuous string of fire. You may shoot as an individual, with a 2-man team, or both. Open to MTU students and the general public.

Sundays, 5-7 pm

January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, March 17, 24, April 7, 14

SDC Shooting Range

Special Requirements

  • Minimum age 10 years old. Adult supervision is required for all range users under the age of 18.
  • You may use any handgun you want with any sighting system.
  • All shooting will start from low ready. NO DRAWING FROM A HOLSTER.
  • Shooters may choose to shoot one or two-handed.
  • Eye and ear protection


MTU Students – Free

General Public  – Included in the $140 Spring 2024 Semester Range Pass – Not a separate program registration.

(1) To sign up as an individual or your 2-Man Team, contact Jeff Stroud at

(2) Payment for the semester range pass can be made online or at SDC Ticket Office. Pick up the semester pass from the Ticket Office before going to the Range. The customer is responsible for holding on to the pass for the remainder of the semester.

Registration opens January 8, 2024, at 8:00 am.

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Spring 2024 Aquatics Programs

Register now for spring aquatics programs! The first session begins the week of January 8!

Registration for the first session ends today, January 4, at 11:59pm! Sign up now!

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

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Blended Learning Course


Register now for the next American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification January 4-7 at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool.

This four-day intensive training course includes Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications and all training materials.

All participants must be 15 years of age or older by the first date of the course (documentation required). Required water skills include the ability to swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for two minutes, and complete a timed event in which participants retrieve a 10-pound brick from a depth of 7-10 feet and swim 20 yards with the object.

Online training prerequisites must be completed by the first day of classroom instruction. The instructor will contact class participants with online course information and directions. Class size is limited.

Class Dates: January 4-7, 2024


  • Thursday, January 4, 4:00-5:30pm
  • Friday, January 5, 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, January 6, 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, January 7, 8:00am-6:00pm


$200 per participant

Discounts are available to those who apply and are accepted to work at the SDC Pool! Contact Annie Bengry, Aquatics Manager, for more information.

Registration closes December 22 at 11:59 p.m.