Duke University and the Recreation and Physical Education department are not responsible for injuries sustained while participating in athletic or other sporting activities. All physical activities offered in the Recreation Center and at other Recreation facilities are on a voluntary participation basis and carry various degrees of risk or injury. Participants assume sole responsibility for any and all such risk or injury that may result due to voluntary participation. It is each individual’s responsibility to be knowledgeable of his/her own physical condition when participating in any activity
Current Rec & P.E. Members may use the Recreation Centers, which at this time encompasses those who have been assessed a recreation fee from the Bursar's office. For additional Rec & PE Membership information, including details pertaining to our digital options, visit the Memberships page.
The DukeCard is the official Duke University and Health System ID. It serves as an electronic key, allowing you to easily enter facilities and to use services for which you have privileges. The DukeCard is the property of Duke University and should be carried at all times. It must be presented upon request to any University Official.The transfer of an ID card to another person, or the possession of another person’s ID card, may result in confiscation of the card and judicial action. Duke University faculty, staff and students are eligible to add their DukeCard to their Apple or Android device, known as Mobile DukeCard. For detailed information about DukeCard and MobileDukeCard, please visit the DukeCard's website.
Duke issued ID Cards and those using the Alumni App must have a visible photo, name, and unique ID number and be easily readable by the Guest Attendant. A driver’s license or other government issued identification is acceptable along with the Duke ID. If the requirements are not met, you may be asked at the discretion of the Guest Attendant to visit the Card Office to purchase a new card. The replacement cost is $5.00 for students, $10.00 for all other cardholder types.
Card sharing is not allowed. If the photo on the card does not match the individual presenting the card to the front desk of Wilson, the card will be immediately confiscated. There will be no initial warning, this will be an immediate action with no recourse and the individual presenting the card will be asked to leave the facility. Only the individual’s name that appears on the confiscated card may claim the card at Wilson by requesting a pick-up appointment. In addition, you are required to be in possession of your DukeCard for the duration of your time in the facility. Please direct questions to Membership Services.
In an effort to mitigate the health implications associated with COVID-19, access to Rec & P.E. facilities has been limited to Duke students who have been assessed a recreation fee by the Bursar's office and therefore Guest Passes are currently unavailable. Additionally, we are unable to accommodate facility tours at this time. For more information on the University's efforts surrounding COVID-19, please review the Duke United website.
If you do not arrive at our facilities within your scheduled time or fail to cancel your reservation, you will be marked as a "No Show". After three (3) no shows, your reservation privileges may be suspended for seven (7) days. It is the Member's responsibility to cancel all reservations that cannot be fulfilled. Instructions on how to cancel your reservation through the MyRec Web Portal can be found here.
It is an extraordinary commitment to prepare, coordinate and staff our facilities, programs, services, classes and trips, therefore all payments are NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-PRORATABLE with few exceptions. For complete details, visit our Refunds & Cancelations Policies page.
A limited number of participants are able to enter the facility in 60-minute reservation increments. Each reservation will end at the 60 minute mark regardless the time when the participant actually entered the facility.
After your Cardio & Track reservation has been confirmed, you will be handed a disposable wrist band for you to wear during your visit. This will facilitate our Staff to identify who can be in the Cardio area. Individuals not wearing their wristbands will be reminded to do so, and repeat offenders will be escorted out of Wilson and their reservation privileges revoked.
Depending on how many people reserve time at Taishoff, our Staff will assign up to two (2) people per swim lane. There is no guarantee that you will be in your lane alone. Swimmers are NOT allowed to change lanes without permission from our Staff (just ask us!) and must maintain Social Distancing (min 6') at all times. Individuals not following the rules will be reminded to do so by our Staff, and repeat offenders will be escorted out of Taishoff and their reservation privileges revoked.
Due our limited capacity, Members will not be able to switch between the Weight Room and Cardio areas; a reservation is required for each activity area. Members are allowed to reserve two different time-slots on the same day, as long as they are for different areas (i.e. Weight Room at 8:00am, then Cardio at 9:20am on the same day), but they will need to leave Wilson between reservations to allow our staff to clean the facility between time slots.
Due our limited capacity, we encourage Members to make only one reservation per day, but you can make multiple reservations for the same day (even back-to-back) as long as you use the facilities during your reserved time(s). Failure to use utilize the facility during all your reserved times will result in a "No Show Policy" violation.
Everyone will be expected to leave our facilities by the end of each reservation slot, regardless of arrival time. Wilson Recreation Center’s Exit Station is located on the basketball courts and individuals will need to swipe their Duke ID or Duke Mobile ID when leaving. Members will leave Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion through the Hall of Fame (entrance) and are not required to swipe when leaving.
For everyone's safety, Members are expected to know and follow all staff instructions, including properly wearing face masks at all times, maintaining social distance, pool etiquette, clean and returning the equipment you used to its proper place, and absolutely not to use any equipment clearly marked "Not Available for Use". Individuals not following regulations will be warned; repeat offenders will be escorted out of Wilson and their reservation privileges revoked.
In addition to the health protocols, please observe these guidelines to help maintain the cleanliness, safety and inclusive nature of our facilities:
Proper athletic attire is required. Shirts, athletic pant or shorts and shoes are required throughout the facilities. Sandals, flip flops, open-toed shoes, socks, and bare feet are prohibited. Proper dress will be left to the discretion of management.
In an effort to mitigate the health implications associated with COVID-19, fitness equipment (i.e. jump ropes, mats, weight belts, etc.) and aquatic equipment (i.e. kickboards, pull bouys, etc.) will not be available. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment from home, though please verify with our staff if it is OK to use the equipment you brought before beginning activity.
Sports equipment such as rackets, soccer balls or footballs, as well as a variety of outdoor equipment and yard games are available for rent through Outdoor Adventures. View the full list of prices and additional details on the Equipment Rentals page.
Access to Rec & P.E. informal recreation spaces such as basketball, tennis, racquetball, squash and multipurpose rooms, as well as outdoor fields, is restricted or unavailable at this time. Only monitored Rec & P.E., Athletics, or approved University programming is able to be accommodated until further notice.
Lockers in Wilson are for daily use only— not long term use with the exception of those who have been grandfathered for long term use. Please be advised that we reserve the right to cut locks without prior notice. Occasionally throughout the semester lockers will be cleaned out. A notice will be posted giving appropriate notification. It is then your responsibility to claim your items in a timely manner.
No bags of any kind are allowed in the weight room and must be stored in lockers located outside of the weight room in Wilson. Please do not leave bags on the floors of the hallways or the entrance area to the weight room. Removal of any and all equipment is prohibited.
In an effort to mitigate the health implications associated with COVID-19, sauna and shower services are currently unavailable. For more information on the University's efforts surrounding COVID-19, please review the Duke United website.
If you lose a small item such as a Duke ID card, credit card, driver’s license, iPod, cell phone, jewelry, glasses, etc., check with the Wilson Front Desk or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is a courtesy and there is no guarantee we will have your item. The Duke Recreation and Physical Education department is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced items.
The facilities are scheduled to close promptly on time. In order for this to happen, you should prepare to leave the facility 10-15 minutes prior to closing. You will receive a courtesy “Last Call” at or around 15 minutes prior to closing, asking you to prepare to exit the facility. Failure to follow this procedure may result in you forfeiting your privileges.
Duke Recreation and Physical Education has implemented the following photo and video policies to protect the rights and privacy of our patrons. Prior to any type of filming or photography, permission must be obtained by the Rec & P.E. facilities and marketing teams. Please submit this form within one week of your proposed date of filming or photography.
Duke Recreation and Physical Education reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of its facilities, members and staff.