UWA Recreate Short Courses

Find your new favourite hobby

Recreate is the perfect way to relax, re-energise, get fit or simply have a great time. We offer a wide range of sport and recreation courses, personal development workshops and tours for students, staff and the general public to come and enjoy throughout the whole year.

  • As a UWA student, you receive a 25-50 per cent discount off the community price on all courses.

  • Anyone can participate in Recreate courses, from UWA staff and alumni, to members of the general public.

To see more about what our Recreate program has to offer check out Channel 7 Perth's WA Weekender show here.

Program Overview

There are 6 Recreate Programs throughout the year, with more than 50 different courses on offer for you to try:

  • Semester 1 Summer Program (March – April)
  • Semester 1 Autumn Program (April – June)
  • Winter Break Program (June – July)
  • Semester 2 Winter Program (August – September)
  • Semester 2 Spring Program (September – November)
  • Summer Break (November – February)

Each program runs for six or seven weeks, so that you can try your hand at a variety of courses throughout the year.

Current Program

Our Semester 1 Summer Program runs from Monday 4 March – Sunday 14 April

  • Enrolments for the Semester 1 Summer Program open Monday 4 February
  • Online Enrolments Close Sunday 3 March.

How to Enrol

To enrol in one of our courses, you will need to complete one of two options:

  • Check out the courses below and click `book now' to register on our MyUWASport Portal; or
  • Complete the Recreate enrolment form and pay in person at the UWA Recreation and Fitness Centre reception, UWA Perth Campus.

Please note: Your enrolment will not be finalised until payment is received. We strongly recommend booking and paying for your course via our MyUWASport Portal to ensure your spot is secured immediately.

Late enrolments can occur during the first week of the program. To enquire about late enrolment for a course please contact programs@sport.uwa.edu.au. Late enrolments must still pay full course price even if they have missed the first class.

Our terms and conditions can be found here. Please note we have a 72 hour cancellation policy.

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Fitness and Wellbeing

Boxing for Fitness

This boxing-inspired workout will get your heart rate up and make your muscles burn. It is a social class which includes pad work, resistance and cardio exercises. This class is seriously results orientated and will increase your overall fitness level and condition the whole body. You will work with the instructor, the class and the clock. Come dressed ready to sweat and leave with a smile and a feeling of empowerment.
Mon 4 Mar | 5-6pm
Or
Wed 6 Mar | 5-6pm
6 weeks
Meet @ UWA Recreation and Fitness Centre
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Outdoor Bootcamp

Our fitness trainers will put you through your paces with light weights, circuits, bodyweight exercises and running all combined in the ultimate outdoor workout!
Tue 5 Mar | 5pm-6pm
6 weeks
Meet @ UWA Recreation and Fitness Centre
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Pilates Beginners

This newly extended 1.5 hour Pilates class means beginners will have plenty of time to focus on learning new skills. Learn basics of Pilates with simple stretches, mobility exercises and bodyweight conditioning using methods many elite sportspeople swear by to maintain a strong body and prevent injury.
Mon 4 Mar | 5-6.30pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Watersports Complex
$84 – UWA Student
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Pilates Intermediates

If you have done Pilates before or just see yourself as particularly athletic then our Intermediates course may be for you. Push yourself with some more challenging muscular control exercises and master the movements of your body. The perfect way to keep your body healthy and strong after Summer!
Wed 6 Mar | 5-6.30pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Watersports Complex
$84 – UWA Student
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Yoga

Our excellent instructors teach basic Hatha yoga poses, while each class builds on the previous week’s lesson to develop your flexibility, strength and balance. A recently extended 1.5 hour class, this course will see you develop stamina and strength to hold your poses for longer durations.
Tue 5 Mar | 5-6.30pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Watersports Complex
$84 – UWA Student
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Body Combat

This empowering yet fun session is inspired by martial arts disciplines and helps build strength, power and cardiovascular fitness as you kick and punch your way through this energetic workout.
Thu 7 Mar | 5-6pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Group Fitness Room
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Music and Dance

Salsa Beginners

Immerse yourself in the rhythms of Latin America and experience this global dance phenomenon! Our fun and social beginner course is suitable for participants from any background who want to try learning a few moves.
Mon 4 Mar | 6-7pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Boatshed Room
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Salsa Intermediates

If you have already completed the beginners course or have done some dancing before, then come along and try out the Salsa Intermediates course. While still all about having fun and meeting some new friends, this course will teach some more advanced Salsa dancing skills.
Mon 4 Mar | 7-8pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Boatshed Room
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Zumba

Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba is a total body workout, combining elements of cardio fitness, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.
Tues 5 Mar | 6-7pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Boatshed Room
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Jazz Fusion

Inspiration for artists such as Michael Jackson and Madonna, and popularly used for musical and stage performances, jazz is for everyone. Learn to shine on the dance floor while improving your strength, stamina and flexibility.
Tue 5 Mar | 7-8pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Recreation and Fitness Centre
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Guitar Beginners

Learn to play the guitar the easy way with this fast-track course. Perfect for beginners, this course will cover the basics of guitar and have you playing in no time. Participants will need to supply their own guitar.
Tue 5 Mar | 5-6pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Boatshed Room
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Guitar Intermediates

Already have a few of the basics mastered and want to advance your skills? Enrol in the guitar intermediates course for those extra tips that will help take your guitar playing to the next level. Participants will need to supply their own guitar.
Thu 7 Mar | 5-6pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Boatshed Room
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Watersports

Paddling Beginners

Get out on the water and have a paddle in this easy-going course that will teach you the basics of kayaking while taking in the sites along the Swan River. Suitable even for those who have never been in a kayak before, but are able to swim at least 50m.
Mon 4 Mar | 5-6.30pm
6 Weeks
Meet @ UWA Boatshed
$84 – UWA Student
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Paddling Intermediates

Skip some of the basics and get out on the water in some of our slightly more advanced craft. While this is by no means for advanced paddlers only, the course will skip some of the basics of paddling and paddle slightly further from shore.
Wed 6 Mar | 5-6.30pm
6 Weeks
Meet @ UWA Boatshed
$84 – UWA Student
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Stand up Paddle Boarding Beginners

There's no better way to end your day than on a stand up paddle board on the Swan River surrounded by dolphins. Learn all the necessary skills to master Stand Up Paddle Boarding, but more importantly relax and take in the view!
Tue 5 Mar | 5-6.30pm
6 weeks
Meet @ UWA Boatshed
$84 – UWA Student
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Stand up Paddle Boarding Intermediates

Given the exploding popularity of Stand-up Paddle Boarding in recent years, many people have already had a go at it before. If so, then our intermediates course may be for you. This course will paddle slightly further and teach some more advanced skills required to manoeuvre your board.
Thu 7 Mar | 5-6.30pm
6 weeks
Meet @ UWA Boatshed
$84 – UWA Student
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Paddling- Gold

A friendly get-together for paddling fans 50+ years of age. Begin with a warm-up session then head out on the Swan River for some glorious sights and wonderful company! Participants must be able to swim a minimum of 50m.
Tues 5 Mar | 12-4pm
6 weeks
Meet @ UWA Boatshed
$120 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Surfing Beginners

Learn the basics of surfing with skilled instructors who will have you carving up the surf like a pro in no time. All necessary equipment including wetsuits is provided; you simply need to turn up ready for a good time!
Sat 9 Mar | 11.30am-12.30pm
6 Weeks
@ Brighton Beach, Scarborough
$144 – UWA Student
$180 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Surfing Intermediates

Ready to advance your surfing skills to the next level? This course builds on the beginners course, or is for anyone with prior surfing experience that wants to get back into the water.
Sun 10 Mar | 11.30am-12.30pm
6 weeks
@ Brighton Beach, Scarborough
$144 – UWA Student
$180 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Sailing

Grab your mates and learn to sail with a qualified instructor on the Swan River. Our sailing boats fit a number of people, so you’ll feel the wind through your hair as you learn the joys of being out on the water with friends! 
Tue 5 Mar | 4-6pm
5 weeks
@ Royal Perth Yacht Club
$220 – UWA Student
$260 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Kitesurfing

Learn to Kitesurf in the safety of the Swan River with our qualified instructors, for a fraction of the price you would pay at regular schools. All equipment, wetsuits and safety gear included as well as your KA qualification to allow you to kitesurf and rent equipment anywhere in the world.
2 weeks
@ Pelican Point, Crawley
Sat 16 Mar | 2-4pm
2 Weeks
$200 - UWA Student
$240 - UWA Staff/General Public

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Water Confidence

This course is suitable for UWA students who would like to learn the basics in the water. It suits those who have never learnt to swim before or who do not feel comfortable in the water.
5 weeks
@ UWA Aquatic Centre
Tue 12 Mar | 5.30-6pm
Or
Thu 14 Mar | 5.30-6pm
Or
Sat 9 Mar | 11.30am-12.00pm 
$20 – UWA Student

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Learn to Swim

This course is suitable for students who want to build their confidence and progress their swimming skills. To attend, you must be able to float, stand and hold your breath in the water.
5 weeks
Tue 12 Mar | 5.30-6pm
Or
Thu 14 Mar | 5.30-6pm
Or
Sat 16 Mar | 11.30-12.30
@ UWA Aquatic Centre
$20 – UWA Student

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Personal development

First Aid Course (Full - HLTAID003) or First Aid Course (Requalify - HLTAID003)

Learn the basics of first aid and get qualified through this accredited course.
1 day
Wed 13 Mar | 8.30am-3.30pm
@ UWA Watersports Complex
$125 – UWA Student
$155 – UWA Staff/General Public

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CPR Course (HLTAID001)

Get qualified! This CPR course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform CPR on an adult, child or infant following cardiac arrest.
Wed 13 Mar | 8.30am-12.30pm
½ day
@ UWA Watersports Complex
$65 – UWA Student/UWA Staff
$85 – General Public

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Bronze Medallion

The Bronze Medallion is the international benchmark for lifesaving awards in Australia. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be awarded both the Bronze Medallion and a CPR Certificate.
2 days
23 & 24 March | 8:30am-3:30pm
@ UWA Aquatic Centre
$180 – UWA students
$220 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Sports

Badminton

This course introduces basic grip, shots, serving, footwork and rules of play. Following this you’ll start to develop your skills even further to learn some strategy and advanced tips and tricks. All equipment is provided; it’s perfect for anybody looking to get involved with badminton!
Thurs 7 Mar | 5-6pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Sports Hall
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Volleyball Skills & Gameplay

Grab your friends and keep active this Summer with a bit of volleyball! Have fun while you learn to serve, dig and spike and then implement your newly learned skills into some social gameplay.
Tue 5 Mar | 5-6pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Sports Hall
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Archery

Catering to all levels of experience, this course will have you hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Learn the basics of Olympic-style target shooting and a range of different Archery games. All equipment is provided.
Thu 7 Mar | 5-6pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Riley Oval
$120 – UWA Student
$150 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Tennis - Beginners

This course is an introduction to the rules and skills necessary to play tennis. Areas covered include grips, footwork, forehand, backhand, serve, net play and return of serve.
Wed 6 Mar | 4-5pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Tennis Courts
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Tennis- Intermediates

Build on your tennis technique and game strategy with professional coaches. Refine your skills to add new progressions to your repertoire.
Wed 6 Mar | 5-6pm
Or
Thu 7 Mar | 5.30-6.30pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Tennis Courts
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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 Tennis Gameplay

Suited for all levels interested in some gameplay, this course will include the support of an instructor who will give you extra tricks and tips to improve your skills while playing some casual games.
Thurs 7 Mar | 6.30-7.30pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Tennis Courts
$60 – UWA Students
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Lacrosse

This is a great opportunity to learn a unique sport that many of your friends may not have tried. Lacrosse is an extremely popular team sport in America which is spreading to other parts of the world, and involves using the end of a lacrosse stick to carry, pass and catch a ball around the field before shooting at goal. Lacrosse can be adapted to a range of different skill and experience levels and the skills of hand eye coordination are transferrable to a range of different sports, so why not come try it out!
Wed 6 Mar | 5-6pm
@ UWA Riley Oval
6 weeks
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Squash

Develop your squash skills and game play knowledge with our instructors from the UWA Squash club on our recently refurbished courts. Most suited for beginners to intermediates.
Wed 6 Mar | 7-8pm
6 weeks
@ UWA Squash Courts
$60 – UWA Students
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Fencing

Fencing is a long established sport practiced worldwide that promotes fitness, speed, flexibility and coordination. Fencing combines tactical thinking with physical agility to outwit an opponent. Run by the knowledgeable instructors at the renowned UWA Fencing Club, you're guaranteed to have a great time on this course. 
Fri 8 Mar | 6-7pm
6 weeks
@UWA International Martial Arts Centre
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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Mountain Bike Skills and Riding

Stay fit, meet new friends and enjoy different cycling tracks near UWA on our cycling course. Led by our qualified instructors, you will learn new skills such as how to use gears and brakes while discovering new places that the nearby campus area has to offer. Mostly suitable for less experienced riders.
Sat 9 Mar | 9-10am
6 weeks
Meet @ UWA Boatshed
$60 – UWA Student
$90 – UWA Staff/General Public

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