Category: Recreation News

SDC Welcomes Back Faculty & Staff Members on August 17

Posted: August 12, 2020

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC) will reopen to faculty/staff members as well as current students on Monday, August 17. A team of staff from Recreation has continually updated its reopening plan since the July 13 soft opening to students. The facility is implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule based on guidelines from the CDC and recreation facility standards.

Requirements for Entry from August 17-30:

  • A valid Michigan Tech Student ID or
  • A valid Michigan Tech Faculty/Staff ID (previous SDC members only)
  • Face coverings upon entry and throughout the building
  • Follow social distancing practices and designated traffic patterns
  • Check-in at desired location (fitness center or pool), which includes acknowledgment of no listed symptoms, tap ID for verification and timestamp of your visit
  • Questions can be sent to 

Hours of Operation (subject to change without notice)

  • Fitness Center
    • August 17-30
      • Students ONLY
        • Monday-Friday: 7-7:50a, 11:30a-12:20p, 3-4:50p
        • Saturday: 10-11:50a
        • Sunday: 2:30-4:30p
      • Faculty/Staff ONLY
        • Monday-Friday: 6-6:50a, 12:30-1:20p, 5-6:50p
        • Saturday: 8-9:50a
        • Sunday: 12:30-2:20p
  • Lap Pool
    • August 17-30
      • Students ONLY
        • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8-8:50a, 5-5:50p
        • Tuesday/Thursday: 11-11:50a
      • Faculty/Staff ONLY
        • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 7-7:50a, 6-6:50p
        • Tuesday/Thursday: 12-12:50p

Capacity Limits and Patron Expectations

  • Fitness Center
    • 50 patrons max at any time
    • Sessions will be 50-minutes in length unless noted otherwise
    • Patrons can only attend their designated times (Student or Faculty/Staff Member)
    • Face coverings required when in the fitness center (not during exercise)
    • All spotters will need to wear a face-covering
    • All cardio machines will be available w/ plexiglass dividers between each
    • Weight machines are spaced 10 feet apart
    • Free weights, benches, squat racks, mats, balls, and tubing will be available
    • Patrons are required to wipe down equipment before and after each use and maintain a six-foot distance from others while in the fitness center
    • Sweat towels, mini lockers, and weight belts/straps will not be available
    • All large bags or belongings will need to be stored outside the fitness center. 
  • Pool
    • 15 patrons max at any time
    • Sessions will be 50-minutes in length
    • Face coverings required while on deck, but not allowed while in the water.
    • Lap pool only. Limited equipment will be available.
    • Patrons are expected to maintain a six-foot distance from others on deck and in the water.
    • Towels will not be available.
    • Space will be available at each lane for personal items.
  • Locker Rooms
    • Face coverings required while in the locker room except for showering
    • Saunas are closed.
    • Patrons are expected to maintain a six-foot distance from others in the locker room.
    • Towels will not be available.

Future phases include expanded hours and access for Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff, welcoming back community members and the reopening of HuskiesFit classes and Youth Programs. All questions can be sent to

Registration Open for American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification & Lifeguard Review Courses at the SDC Pool

ARC Lifeguard Certification Course

Earn your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification in this 3-day intensive training course located at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool. The certification includes Lifeguarding/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 2 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 prerequisite must be completed by the first day of classroom instruction. Instructor will contact class participants with online course information and directions. Class size is limited to 10 participants.

Days/Times: August 7 – 2pm-6pm, August 8 – 8am-6pm, August 9 – 8am-5pm

Cost: $110 per participant 

Deadline to register: August 1, 2020, 11:59pm

ARC Lifeguard Review Course

Need to get re-certified? Sign up now for the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Renewal Course. This 2-day course includes Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED re-certification. The instructor will contact the class with additional course information and directions. Participants must have a Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification that has expired no more than 30 days prior to the final day of the course. Class size is limited to 10 participants. CPR mask and whistle not included. Supply purchase is available through the ticket office. 

Days/Times: August 13 – 8am-1pm, August 14 – 8am-1pm

Cost: $55 per participant

Deadline to register: August 7, 2020, 11:59pm

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SDC Closed Through April 30

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech Student Development Complex, Gates Tennis Center, and Systems Control Nordic Waxing Center at the Recreation Trails are closed to student-athletes, students, and the public due to concerns over the COVID-19 health situation. University Images is also closed.

These closures are in compliance with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order originally issued on Monday, March 23 and extended on April 9. The closures will continue through at least April 30.

The Tech Trails will remain open to those with memberships. Under the University’s Stay at Home Protocol, Tech Trails users must maintain social distancing of at least six feet.

UP Health System – Portage Rehab and Sports Medicine and Pharmacy will continue operating under regular hours.

More information about COVID-19 and Michigan Tech’s response can be found at