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Campus Recreation

  • Students enjoy a sunny day in the outdoor pool at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.

STWFC

The Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center (STWFC) is a comprehensive fitness facility for current UofSC students. Current and retired faculty and staff can purchase membership to access this facility.

Campus Recreation COVID-19 Screening Survey

Participants must complete this screening survey daily in order to be allowed access to Campus Recreation facilities.

 

Re-opening information

We need your help in keeping everyone healthy and safe. In accordance with UofSC, local, state, and fitness industry guidelines, Campus Recreation has made the following changes to promote safety during this unprecedented time:

  • A CarolinaCard will be required for entry of all patrons.
  • Anyone (18 and older) with a Blatt membership may utilize the STWFC until August 3.
  • No guests or guest passes will be permitted.
  • Face coverings will be required to enter the facility, and in all non-activity spaces.
  • Face coverings are not required in fitness/activity spaces.
  • All employees and patrons will be required to complete our screening survey and temperature check prior to entering the STWFC.
    • Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are not limited to but do include cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, a temperature greater than 100⁰F.
    • Anyone who has a measured temperature of greater than 100⁰F should contact the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511
    • If you have been exposed to someone showing these symptoms or who has tested positive recently, please contact your healthcare provider.
  • Patrons should wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before using equipment and disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • The entry system is touch free.
  • Capacities are reduced throughout activity spaces.
  • Reservation systems are available for Group X, Climbing Wall and Indoor Swimming Lanes
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance. Multiple physical distance grids (6’x10’ matrix) have been established to clearly define personal workout spaces.
  • Traffic flow patterns have been marked throughout the facility.
  • Increased and thorough cleaning will be conducted using an approved hospital grade disinfectant.
  • Increased sanitization stations will be available.
  • Plexi-glass barriers will be installed where appropriate.
  • No items will be available for check-out from Equipment Issue.
  • Personal bags should be put in the locker room. They MUST be placed in cubbies if brought into the fitness space.
  • Personal items brought into activity spaces will be limited to:
    • Water bottles, swim googles/cap, bath and or sweat towel, and small personal fitness items (yoga mat, jump rope, weight belt, lifting straps, etc.)
  • No sporting equipment will be allowed.
  • All professional staff and student employees, except group fitness instructors, will be required to wear face covering.
  • They will complete enhanced cleanliness and sanitization training.

Re-opening Frequently Asked Questions

Re-opening guidelines issued by the state of South Carolina, require both temperature and screening. Because of the high volume of commonly touched surfaces and other risks in using a fitness center, it was determined that UofSC would adhere to this parameter.
As Gamecocks we pledge to demonstrate concern for others. Put simply, we wear face coverings to protect others. While at the STWFC a face covering is required in all non-activity spaces and encouraged during your work-out depending on activity type/intensity.
We are requiring all patrons to present and scan their CarolinaCard for entry to provide a touch free access into the facility.
We use Nyco’s Sani-Spritz Spray.  This product is one-step, hospital grade, cleaning, disinfectant. It is effective on hard and soft surfaces and safe for skin contact.
In addition to the patron cleaning that should happen before and after use, Campus Rec staff will clean all equipment surfaces 3x per day. High touch surfaces (doorknobs, stair rails etc.) will be cleaned continuously throughout the day. All cleaning procedures will be tracked for assurance.
Our hand sanitizer has 62% alcohol content.
Re-opening guidelines issued by the state of South Carolina caution against close contact sporting activities as well as discouraging shared equipment especially if difficult to clean.
Re-opening guidelines issued by the state of South Carolina discourages shared equipment especially if difficult to clean or disinfect. Additionally, those guidelines prohibit towel service.
The state of South Carolina re-open guidelines discourages use of drinking fountains. To minimize contact surfaces, UofSC has decided that only bottle fillers are available.
Because of staffing restrictions established in the UofSC return to work program Campus Rec is unable to dedicate sufficient staff to successfully monitor physical distancing.
State and UofSC guidelines recommend physical distancing. It is in the best interest of the UofSC community that all individuals strive to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet while working out indoors. The fitness areas at the STWFC have been modified to promote this guideline. The use of safety straps is highly recommended, and we ask that you alter weights or exercise type to maintain safety.
The state of South Carolina discourages sharing equipment. As such individuals must clean each piece of equipment before and after use—whether performing a single set or a “superset”. To aid in physical distancing multiple grids have been established throughout the fitness areas to identify a 6’x10’ workout space for each individual.
Because of staffing restrictions established in the UofSC return to work program Campus Rec is unable to dedicate sufficient staff to open both the STWFC and Blatt PEC successfully. All Blatt members 18 years of age or older will have access to the STWFC during the summer months. We will look to re-open Blatt PEC for recreational users closer to the fall semester.
To optimize mitigation strategies, UofSC is currently restricting visitation for individuals outside UofSC.
In efforts to stay healthy and help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, we encourage everyone to follow the 3 C’s.
  1. COVER – cough (or sneeze) into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away
  2. CLEAN – Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.
  3. CONTAIN – Stay home when you are sick until you have been free of fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Individuals are encouraged to make decisions regarding personal safety. Gloves are not required and, in some cases, may not be recommended. We have hand sanitizer dispensers available throughout the facility. Additionally, we have sanitizing wipes and disinfectant sprays for touch points throughout the facility.
Other than modifications to increase safety or service, or changes made to align with university or state guideline modifications, most changes will be in place for the summer and many are anticipated to be in place throughout the fall semester. Continue to monitor our website for updates.
Tours have been curtailed and will remain so throughout the summer.


Available Resources

Climbing will be limited to boulder surface exclusively. A reservation system has been created for your convenience and safety. Please visit the Climbing Wall page for more information.
Activities will be limited per state guidelines.
The Fitness area has expanded to Main Gym Courts 1 & 2. Some equipment has been relocated or eliminated to provide sufficient physical distancing. Freeweights, selectorized strength, and cardio equipment are available.
Each class size is reduced to ensure physical distancing. A reservation system has been created for all in-person classes, please visit the Group X page for more information. 
Limit one swimmer per lane. A reservation system has been created for all swimming lanes. Please visit the Aquatics page for more information.
Day use lockers have been redistributed to maintain as much physical distance as possible. Select showers are available, spaced to ensure physical distancing. 
STWFC Field 4 and Blatt PEC Field are available for open recreation.
These rooms will be used exclusively for Group X classes.
A reservation system has been created for all spa use. Please visit the Aquatics page for more information.

Currently Closed/Not Available 

  • Athletic Training (AT) Clinic

  • Blatt PE Center

  • Close-contact/Shared equipment sports

  • Equipment Issue

  • Outdoor Recreation Bike  and Rental Shop

  • STWFC Fields 1-3

  • STWFC Outdoor Pool & Sand Volleyball

  • STWFC Racquetball & Squash Courts

  • STWFC Sauna 


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