Recreation and Tourism Management

Aquatic Center- CSUN Programs

The CSUN Aquatic Center mission is to provide valuable recreation and educational programs to the greater CSUN Community. The following programs and services are available to CSUN Students, Faculty and Staff. 

CSUN Recreation Tourism Management- Academic Courses

CSUN Department of Recreation Tourism Management (RTM) provides academic credit courses at the Aquatic Center. CSUN educators provide the highest caliber of instruction on Flatwater boating, Wakeboarding and WaterSkiing, Sailing, and many other offerings. Courses are offered during the Spring, and Fall Semesters.

You can learn more about taking classes, or about getting your undergraduate or graduate degree by visiting CSUN Course Catalog

RTM 151D- Flat Water Boating

Objectives- This semester-long course serves as an introduction to safe travel by kayak or canoe on lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Includes equipment, navigation, and techniques for flat-water boating and emergency self-rescue.
Emphasis will be on safety, environmental awareness and skill development. Arranged field trips are required.

Course Meets- Saturdays, 9:00-12:00

Open to- Currently enrolled CSUN students
Units- 2 Unit course



RTM 265- Wake boarding and Water skiing

- This semester-long course serves as an introduction to water skiing and wake boarding. 

Course Meets- Fridays, 9:00-12:00

Open to- Currently enrolled CSUN students
Units- 1 Unit course

Description- Meeting every Friday at the CSUN Aquatic Center, our Professors and boating instructors will set the foundations of tow sports and expand on critical skills. 
You will gain competence and confidence over three months of weekly meetings learning to knee board, water ski, wake board, and wake skate. 



RTM 267/L- Sailing

Objectives- This semester-long course serves as a broad introduction to sailing. 

Course Meets- Fridays, 1:00-3:45

Open to- Currently enrolled CSUN students
Units- 2 Unit Lab course

Description- Meeting every Friday at the CSUN Aquatic Center, our Professors and boating instructors will set the foundations of sailing and expand on critical skills. 
With a one hour lecture and a two hour on-water lab, you will gain competence and confidence over three months of weekly meetings learning to rig, maneuver and rescue a variety of vessels. 
Space is limited for these courses.

Prerequisite: Elementary swimming skills. Corequisite: RTM 267L. 
Development of the skills and art of sailing, including the development of basic seamanship, small boat handling competency, 
safety procedures and regulations and introductions to competitive sailing and ocean cruising. 1-hour lecture, 2-hours lab per week


CSUN Boating Workshops and Free Community Boating Days

The CSUN Aquatic Center Hosts a variety of Open Recreation workshops. These not-for-credit, private workshops are available to current CSUN students, Faculty and Staff per request only. Workshops are typically two hour-long sessions where you can learn a new skill or continue to develop your boating hobby. Courses are held as AM sessions (10:00 - 12:00) or PM sessions (1:00 - 3:00). Workshops are FREE for CSUN Students and $10 for CSUN Faculty and Staff. Workshops include lifeguards/boating instructors, all necessary boating equipment and waived entrance fees into Castaic Lake Recreation Area. 

To request your private single or private group workshop please fill out the reservation form found here 


If you are not quite ready for a workshop but want to try things out in a more causal capacity please join us for our FREE COMMUNITY BOATING DAYS. Whether you are looking for an exciting day of trying something new like kayaking or looking to lounge around next to the lake the CSUN Aquatic Center is hosting, free, open recreation days at Lake Castaic. 

  • Kayak
  • Canoes
  • Paddle Boards
  • Beach Activities 

CSUN will provide all the boats and equipment. Join us any time from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm to practice, play, learn and hang out on your own. 
*Food and Transportation are not provided 

March 28, 2020 - Saturday 
April 4, 2020 - Saturday
April 5, 2020 - Sunday
April 12, 2020 - Sunday
May 2, 2020 - Saturday
August 29, 2020 - Saturday
September 19, 2020 - Saturday

To learn more and sign up for these free days click the dates below or 


CSUN Outdoor Adventures

CSUN Associated Students Outdoor Adventures provides Outdoor Experiences for anyone and everyone. Outdoor Adventures runs trips from CSUN Campus to the Aquatic Center throughout the year. Check out their offerings at their website by clicking HERE

Dragon Eyes! Castaic Lake Dragon Boat Club Meet Up

Since its creation, the driving force behind Team Dragon Eyes (TDE) has been through the efforts of its volunteers. Every season, veterans and new paddlers alike step up to the challenge of taking on the tasks vital to the growth of TDE and the sport of dragon boating in Castaic Lake Area. From coaching to race organization, administrative to site maintenance nearly every function of TDE is accomplished by volunteers who sacrifice time out of their schedule to contribute to something they truly believe in.

Castaic Lake Dragonboat Club wants to provide education and instruction to the general public on dragon boating. We want to sponsor, promote and facilitate local dragon boat events and races. Our goal is to promote low-cost community sports and exercise and enhance bonding and interaction among different ethnic and cultural groups locally, nationally, and internationally.

Come out and paddle on a 20-person dragon boat. That’s why it is said, you’ll make 20 friends after the paddling session. This sport works on all the core muscles and is a great way to experience the fun sport of Dragon Boat racing on our beautiful Castaic Lake. We initially stretch and then demonstrate the correct paddling stroke before we all paddle in unison on the lake. Bring your head protection, water bottle, sunscreen, water shoes or sandals, and we will provide the rest: personal flotation device and paddle. We accept people of all ages and sizes with a great attitude!

We are an open team actively recruiting. Our regular practice days are Sundays 7:30 am, we welcome new paddlers and those who want to give it a try Sundays at 9:00 am. No previous experience is required and we provide paddles and PFD. We welcome paddlers of all ages!
Learn more on our FACEBOOK PAGE or...


CSUN Retreats, Teambuilding and Private Events

To schedule your Club, Organization, Student Group, Department, or other campus communities next event at the Aquatic Center-
Free programming available for most CSUN Clubs, organizations and classes
Call us at 661-257-0571
Email us at
Or skip a step and fill out your reservation form by clicking here


CSUN Faculty- Host your class at the Aquatic Center

Other CSUN Courses with field trip components include: 

Geography 370- Water Society and the Environment
Recreation Tourism, Hospitality Management 150-1- Outdoor Education
RTM 202/L- Event Planning
RTM 251- Recreation and the Natural Environment
RTM 302- Dynamics of Leadership in Recreation
CSUN Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

Please email   for details on how to use these indoor and outdoor teaching spaces