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  • Students relaxing while on a stand up paddle board trip.

Water Experiences

Water Experiences & Trip Updates

Check out our Fall 2023 trip schedule below!


  • Students surfing on a trip.



  • Student on a paddle board.

    Flat Water


  • Students participating in white water rafting.

    White Water


Fall 2023 Water Trip Schedule

Feel free to also explore our Land and Rock trips.

  1. Select your trip from our estore
  2. Complete all required registration items
  3. Congratulations! You're now ready for your next adventure!

Price: $35

Registration Deadline: 9/6/2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Sign up today on our estore!

Come explore Columbia's local gem - the beautiful Congaree River. With the help of a stand-up paddle board, we'll paddle effortlessly down the Congaree and sink into the flow and rhythm of its gentle current. You'll learn how to navigate around rocks and pull off to swim in pools formed naturally by the river. T

his trip is a great beginner trip for those who do not have much experienceo n the water, but still want to get out and expore what Columbia has to offer. All experience levels are welcome. Transportation, instruction, and gear are included in the cost.

This trip is only a half day trip, so you will see an option for an AM run and a PM run. Make sure you select the time of day that best suits your schedule.

Questions? Email 

Price: $30

Registration Deadline: 9/21/2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Sign up today on our estore!

Enjoy a relaxing lake day by yourself, with a friend, or significant other on Lake Murray! ORec staff will bring any gear and watercraft necessary to have a fun day on the water, all you need to do is meet us at the lake!

Rental days give participants the opportunity to have some independence in the outdoors and expore their surroundings in their own way. Staff will be on the bank to help you launch and return as necessary. Rentals are available starting at 9:30 a.m. andm ust be returned by 4:30 p.m.

Questions? Email 

Price: $75

Registration Deadline: 9/27/2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Sign up today on our estore!

Come out for a day to explore Charleston's local flora and fauna while paddling through a delicate maze of salt marshes. Bask in the warm sun, watch fish swim along the muddy banks, and don't forget to keep an eye out for dolphins passing by all while enjoying a beginner to intermediate level paddle.

We also drop by the beach for a little bit of fun in the surf. Transportation is provided as well as basic instruction, equipment, and ORec staff to help you focus on enjoying your time in and around the water. Grab a friend or two and make sure to sign up early!

Questions? Email 

Price: $75

Registration Deadline: 10/16/2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Sign up today on our estore!

Interested in taking that next step in your kayaking career? Come join ORec for a beginner whitewater kayaking trip on the Saluda River. Experience firsthand how to navigate small rapids and read your upcoming river line while honing in your paddle skills and love for the outdoors. After this trip, you should feel more confident in adding a new outdoor sport to your repertoire and smile when you hear the words "let's eddy out!"

All transportation and whitewater specific equipment is provided, please note the requirements listed below.

Requirements (at least one of the following must be met to register):

  • Attend at least two roll clinics prior to the trip (provided by ORec)
  • Current or previous enrollment in a university whitewater kayaking PEDU course
  • Fill out our exemption form based on your experience

Note: Trip participants are expected to attend a mandatory roll clinic the week of October 23 to review river features and other basic skills. An invite and further details will be sent at a later date.

Questions? Email 

Students demonstrating financial need may apply for Campus Rec Fee Assistance.

What You Need to Know

  • Trips are open to all USC students, faculty and staff.
  • All trips will only require beginner skill levels, unless otherwise noted.
  • Basic health history form will be required for trip participants.
  • No-show participants will not be eligible for a refund.


You must cancel at least 7 days prior to the trip to get a refund. After that, no refunds will be given.

We will give you a full refund if the trip is canceled due to low registration, weather or other extenuating circumstances. No-show participants will not be eligible for a refund.

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