Snow skiing, caving among new recreational courses

Luke Smith Staff Writer

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UNA’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has

recently developed a series of new lifetime recreational activity

courses to be offered in the coming semesters. Currently, plans are

being developed to offer snow skiing next semester. The course will

be taught in North Carolina and will begin in early

January.

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The HPER department plans to offer more lifetime recreational

activity courses during the coming semesters. Scuba diving and

caving are two additional courses the department hopes to offer in

the spring. Backpacking, sailing and snowboarding are three other

potential courses that have generated interest among UNA students

and are on the list to be offered in the coming semesters. Other

courses in the series include snowboarding, archery, mountain

biking, river rafting, rock climbing, fly fishing, fresh-water

fishing and outdoor cooking.

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Dr. Tom Coates, chair of the HPER department, said that rather than

offering these new courses for the entire semester, they would be

offered in a concentrated time frame of five to six weeks in three

to four hour blocks of time.  As student interests in these courses

grow, more will be offered per semester.

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Coates said that the course offerings were selected based on

students’ interests, and that they were meant to be both fun and

educational.

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 “Snow skiing will start before the spring semester and be

completed before the regular, on-campus courses begin,” he said.

“This gives us a block of time in which to offer the course in a

concentrated fashion. Once we have the snow skiing course going, we

will consider offering snowboarding, if there is enough student

interest.”

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The potential caving course will be limited to approximately 15

students in order to reduce the environmental impact and provide a

higher-quality experience for the students.   

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“There are UNA students interested in and currently involved in

caving and we want to offer a course that will promote responsible

caving as a lifetime recreational activity.  We have been working

with the NSS to develop the course curriculum and feel it will be a

very informative,” he said.

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To find out more about the courses, call the HPER department at

256-765-4377.