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Lifetime Leisure Skills

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!  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.

Classes Offered​


  • Introduction to the Outdoors
  • Leadership in the Outdoors
  • Introduction to Rock Climbing
  • Intermediate Rock Climbing
  • Bicycle Touring
  • Intermediate Bicycle Touring
  • Mountain Bicycling
  • Tandem Bicycling
  • Exploring the Natural Wonders of Iowa
  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Land Navigation
  • Basic Orienteering
  • Team Building - Challenge Course


  • Scuba
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Canoeing
  • River Canoeing
  • Basic Sea Kayaking
  • Intermediate Sea Kayaking


  • Winter Camping
  • Basic Snowshoeing
  • Basic Cross-Country Skiing


  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Ballroom Dancing: Nightclub Series
  • Ballroom Dancing: Rhythm and Smooth
  • Ballroom Dancing: Waltz
  • Ballroom Dancing: Rhumba, Cha Cha, Merengue
  • Ballroom Dancing: Foxtrot and Tango
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Modern Dance for Fitness

Martial Arts, Sport & Exercise

  • Basic Self Defense
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Intermediate Tae Kwon Do
  • Kickboxing
  • Intermediate Kickboxing
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Marathon Training
  • Trail Running
  • Relaxercise
  • Yoga
  • Golf

Register for all classes on MyUI.

Lifetime Leisure Skills Questions?

Steve Campbell