Lifetime Leisure Skills | Recreational Services
University of Iowa

Recreational Services offers courses in outdoor recreation, martial arts and social dance for academic credit. Each course is listed in the Lifetime Leisure Skills Department (LLS) and will receive one to three credit hours, depending on the class. LLS classes are a great way to explore near and far, meet people, and learn a new skill!  Search LLS classes on MyUI.


Registration for all Lifetime Leisure Skills classes takes place on MyUI, department (LLS). The fee for the class will be charged to your University of Iowa bill when the class actually meets. If needed, you may drop the class on MyUI up to 11:59pm the day before the first class meeting. The fee will not be charged to your bill if you drop the class by this time. The fee is not refundable if you drop after this time. If you cannot find the class you are looking for on MyUI, make sure you have the correct academic session selected.

If you are unable to register for a course you may sign up for the waitlist. If you have not registered before the course meets, come to the first class meeting and if space is available we may be able to add you to the course that night. See classes offered below.


Introduction to Camping

Exploring Iowa's Natural Wonders



Expedition Backpacking

Basic Orienteering

Expedition Orienteering

Team Building

Challenge Course Facilitation 3 s.h.

Leadership in the Outdoors 3 s.h.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Intermediate Rock Climbing

Recreational Cycling

Urban Cycling

Tandem Biking

Bicycle Touring

Expedition Bicycle Touring

Mountain Biking

Expedition Mountain Biking

Marathon Training

Trail Running


Flat Water Canoeing

River Canoeing

Expedition Canoeing

Sea Kayaking

Expedition Sea Kayaking

Stand Up Paddleboarding


Advanced Open Water Scuba


Winter Camping


Cross-Country Skiing

Martial Arts

Basic Self Defense


Intermediate Kickboxing

Tae Kwon Do

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Dance, Sport, Exercise, and other

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing: Waltz

Ballroom Dancing: Foxtrot and Tango

Ballroom Dancing: Rhumba, Cha Cha, Merengue

Ballroom Dancing: Nightclub Series

Ballroom Dancing: Rhythm and Smooth

Salsa Dancing

Modern Dance for Fitness




Beginning Gardening

Contact Us

Steve Campbell
Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation & Education