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Community Education - Spring 2015

We are pleased to offer a variety of Community Education classes. All classes are open to the public! Please note that some classes need to have a minimum number of students enrolled in order for the class to run and are specified below.

Register for Community Education classes online or in person at the Reception Desk in the Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center, or over the phone by calling 801.832.2862 to register with a Visa, MC, or Discover.


Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Beginning SCUBA
Triathlon Training Advanced SCUBA
An Introduction to Wilderness and Adventure Photography

Yoga Basics Session 1 and 2

Lifeguard Certification Belly Dance Basics
Jackie Sorensen Fitness Tap:  One Step Up
Wilderness First Responder Level 1 Avalanche Certification
Reiki:  The Art of Healing Energy  



 Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

This class is designed for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Classes are divided based on current abilities. Full area lift passes are included on the days classes are held. The course includes instruction on safety, technique, and winter sports fitness.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment. (NOTE: Many ski/snowboard shops provide seasonal rental equipment.).  

  • Cost:  $282
  • Fridays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • 10:30 - 12:45 AM
  • Location:  Brighton Ski and Snowboard Resort
  • Registration Deadline:  Thursday, January 29, 2015


Lifeguard Certification - American Red Cross

This course teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion of the requirements of the course the student will receive their American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid certification along with their CPR/AED for Lifeguard certification.  

Course Prerequisite: The course prerequisites will be tested on the first day. In order to be eligible for American Red Cross Certification the Prerequisites must be passed. Minimum age to attend the class at Westminster College is 17 years of age.  

  • Cost:  $175
  • Thursday, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and Saturdays, March 21 and 28
  • Thursdays, 6 - 10 pm and Saturdays, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Location:  Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center and Dive Utah (4679 South 2225 East)


Triathlon training

This course is perfect for anyone thinking about entering a triathlon for the first time, or for experienced triathletes who want to get in shape for the triathlon season. Our professional instructor will develop a training routine for you and give you individualized attention to help you run, swim and bike faster. Learn about transitioning, nutrition and equipment and feel confident.  Sign up for this course and be ready to compete in time for Triathlon season. All levels are welcome. 

  • Cost:  $80
  • Mondays & Wednesdays, January 26 - April 8
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Location:  Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center
  • Registration Deadline:  Thursday, January 29, 2015


Yoga Basics

This is perfect for any one who would like to begin a yoga practice or move deeper into their existing yoga practice. We will focus on the 8 limbs of yoga—including postures, breathing, meditation, chanting, etc. The teacher, Jacqueline Morasco, has been teaching yoga in SL for over ten years and has a special interest in making the practice as individualized as can be. She likes to take a gentle approach while strengthening and stretching the body, mind and breathe.  

  •  Cost:  $80 each session 
  • Session 1:  Saturdays, January 10 - March 14 (no class on January 17 and February 14)
  • Session 2:  Saturdays, April 4 - May 23
  • 9:30 - 11:00 AM
  • Location: Westminster College, Eccles Health Wellness, and Athletic Center Studio
  • Min. # of students: 7, Max # of students: 20
  • Drop-ins will be welcome after the minimum has been met: Drop In Rate: $12.00 per class
  • Registration Deadline:  January 9 for Session 1 and April 3 for Session 2

Beginning SCUBA Diving

Beginning Scuba Diving is designed to introduce students to the joy and excitement of scuba diving. Through home study, class sessions and pool sessions, you will learn the essential information to scuba dive safely in a swimming pool. After the initial classes at Dive Utah, you can choose to complete Open Water training at the Homestead Crater in Midway and complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification. This prestigious certification is internationally recognized and will allow you a lifetime of scuba enjoyment.  Fees include classroom and pool instruction, texts, scuba gear rental, open water instruction, and Homestead Crater entry fees.  

  • Cost:  $399
  • Class Orientation: Monday, January 26 from 6:30-7:30 PM, Location:  Eccles HWAC Special Events Room (HWAC 206)
  • Classes at Dive Utah February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2 - 6:30-10:00 PM (Dive Utah, 4679 S 2225 E · Holladay, UT 84117)
  • Additional Class at Homestead Crater - TBD  

Advanced SCUBA

If you already have your open water certification you can join the Advanced Open Water Diver Course.  During the course you will learn five additional skills such as how to carefully plan a dive to a depth between 60 - 100 ft., how to preserve the beauty of a delicate reef by using advanced buoyancy skills and much more.  You will even have the opportunity to try out an underwater propulsion vehicle!  To register for the class email Robyn Hyde.  There is a short assignment you will need to complete before the first class on the 17th.  Course fee includes classroom and pool instruction, text, scuba gear rental and entry fees to certification sites.  Students must have a log book and Recreational Dive Planner (RDP).

  • Cost:  $200
  • Class Orientation: Monday, January 26 from 6:30-7:30 PM, Location:  Eccles HWAC Special Events Room (HWAC 206)
  • Classes at Dive Utah February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2 - 6:30-10:00 PM (Dive Utah, 4679 S 2225 E · Holladay, UT 84117)
  • Additional Class at Homestead Crater - TBD 


Tap:  One step up

This class is geared toward intermediate tappers who have a fair amount of previous experience or who have participated fully in at least 2 sessions at Westminster. This class will dive deeper into technique, rhythm, and more complicated patterns & combinations. Students must provide their own shoes, which can be found at several stores around the valley and online.

  • Cost:  $96
  • Dates:  January 21 - April 15 (no class March 11)
  • Time:  4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Place:  Payne Gym Studio


Belly Dance Basics

 This class uses Middle Eastern Dance in a low impact cardio workout to stretch & strengthen muscles, especially core. It can help improve posture & increase concentration while having fun. This class encourages lifetime health/wellness.  

  • Cost:  $70
  • Dates:  Tuesdays, January 13- April 28 (no class on March 10)
  • Time:  2 - 3:15 PM
  • Place:  Payne Gym Studio


 An Introduction to Wilderness and Adventure Photography

This workshop will introduce participants to the skills and techniques they can use to create professional quality images documenting their wilderness adventures. Topics will include exposure control and light metering, the principles of composition, the qualities of natural light, and the philosophy and tradition of the artist in nature. The program will incorporate slide-illustrated lectures, group discussion, a field trip, and student feedback and critiques. No experience necessary. Contact Jonathan Duncan for class specific questions. 

  • Cost: $95
  • Dates: Thursdays, March 5 - March 26
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Place: Eccles HWAC 352
  • Minimum # Students: 5
  • Maximum # Students: 20


Jackie Sorensen Fitness classes

Workout with Jacki Sorensen's Fitness class. We combine stretching, flexibility, corework, weight training and aerobic exercise into each class. Jacki's classes use upbeat and motivating music. Participate at your own level.  Enjoy a safe, effective approach to fitness.

Jackie Sorensen Step Aerobics:  Class format: Each class begins with a light cardiovascular routine. Without stopping you move on to a vertifirm exercises which gives you a complete workout that strengthens and firms your upper and lower body. Use of hand weights are optional during this segment of class. You continue with corework, abdominal exercises and pushups. Next is the cardiovascular segment of class to shape up your heart and give you more energy. Finish class with a cool down to lower your heart rate and leave you feeling great about all you've accomplished in one hour. 


 Jackie Sorensen Dance Aerobics:  Jacki Sorensen's aerobic dancing combines stretching, corework, weight training, and aerobic exercise into each class. All routines are carefully choreographed and fit the mood of the music. Come have fun while you slim.  

  • Cost:  Step Aerobics, $110
  • Cost:  Dance Aerobics, $200
  • SPECIAL:  Sign up for both classes and save $20, $290
  • Step Aerobics, 8:15 - 9:15 am, Saturdays, January 3 - May 30
  • Dance Aerobics, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Mondays & Wednesdays, January 5 - May 27 (no class on January 19 and May 25)
  • Drop In Class, $7


Level 1 avalanche certification

This course will teach the winter enthusiast how to safely travel in avalanche territory.  By combining both classroom and field training, this course will cover the guidelines specified by the American Avalanche Association for a Level 1 avalanche course.  Topics include identifying avalanche terrain and identifying basic grain types and weak layers and strong layers.  Students will perform field tests to determine snowpack stability/instability; recognize weather and terrain factors contributing to instability; perform rescue through fast and efficient transceiver use; and apply safe-travel techniques.  More details and online registration. 

  • Cost:  $221.84
  • Dates & Times:  January 16 - 18, 8 am - 5 pm
  • Location: Classroom work to be done at Westminster College and field work to be done in the Wasatch Mountains.


wilderness first responder

This course is taught in partnership with the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC), one of the leaders in wilderness medicine education.  The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is specifically designed to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors and meets the outdoor education and recreation industry standard for wilderness medical training. The distance learning WFR course has three distance components:  a didactic distance learning component, on-line testing, and on-site practical session.  You MUST compete the didactic material--using WMTC's text, field manual, and animated DVD--and on-line testing prior to attending the on-site practical session.  The time required to complete the didactic material and testing ranges from 25 - 50 hours depending on the individual student.  The five-day, 50-hour practical session completes the course with skills labs and simulations designed to fully align the academic work with practical application.  For registration information please visit the Outdoor Recreation website HERE

  • Cost:  Westminster Community:  $530 before January 23 and $575 after January 23
  • Cost:  Non-Westminster:  $580 before January 23 and $625 after January 23
  • Dates and Times:  March 20 - 24
  • Location: Westminster College
  • Registration Deadline:  January 23, 2015


Reiki:  The art of healing energy

This "hands-on" workshop will introduce participants to a simple yet powerful technique to improve wellness.  Participants will learn the basics of energy reading and energetic healing, and practice the Japanse art of Reiki as a specific healing energy.  You will learn some of its symbols and their meanings, and how to use Reiki on oneself and other (cats love it, too!).

  • Cost:  Current Westminster Students:  $50
  • Cost:  Non Westminster Students:  $100
  • February 1 and 8 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm.  
  • HWAC Studio