Can students receive PE Points for MIT Recreation classes?
Undergraduate students can receive Alternative PE Points for participation in personal training, group exercise and private swim lessons. For detailed information, please visit the MIT PE website.
How do I receive a health insurance reimbursement?
Members who have an active or previous MIT Recreation Membership for a minimum of 4 consecutive months can request a health insurance reimbursement letter by filling out our online form. If you are in the MIT Fitness Benefit program or have a Traditional/Flexible MIT Health Plan, you may be eligible for a $150 reimbursement. For information on fitness reimbursements for Blue Cross Blue Shield, please visit the BCBSMA website. All others please contact your health insurance provider for information on your reimbursement eligibility.
To request a letter to your health insurance company, please ask the staff at one of our main member services desks, or email MIT Recreation Memberships.
What is the cancellation and refund policy?
If you are canceling a membership within 60 days of purchasing, a $50 cancellation fee plus prorated pass fee will be applied. Annual and 6-Month memberships are non-refundable after the first 60 days. All temporary passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.
How do I upgrade or downgrade my membership?
Patrons may request an upgrade/downgrade on membership status and/or term by completing the Upgrade/Downgrade Form. Fill out the required form two weeks prior to your current membership expiration date and email to MIT Recreation Memberships.
What if I’m no longer an MIT Employee but want to continue my membership?
If you leave MIT and your ID card stops working you’ll still be able to access the athletic facilities for the remainder of your contract. We’ll provide you with an MIT Rec Sports ID card that will replace your MIT ID.
If you are an auto-renewal member your membership will end one year from your initial registration date. You must register for the membership type that is appropriate to your MIT affiliation if you would like to continue thereafter.
What is the auto-renewal membership option?
The auto-renewal membership provides a greater level of ease and flexibility for members. It eliminates the need to go through the renewal process each year. After 12 months the membership is no longer under contract, the rate is simply the annual fee divided by 12 payments on a month-to-month basis. After auto-renewal members have completed their initial 12 month term, they can cancel their membership without penalty by providing a 30 day notice in writing.
Available for faculty/staff/postdoc/retiree, alumnus/a, affiliates, and friends of MIT memberships.
How do I register for private swim lessons?
Log in, then click on Account Information, followed by Buy Series Sale. Using the drop down menu in the Service Category, select the category you’re interested in, then the specific service. Click Submit to view options.
Once you register, please take our short questionnaire to help us place you with the right instructor.
You may also register in-person at one of our main Member Service desks at the Z Center or Alumni/Wang.
How long does it take to start private swim lessons?
You will be contacted to schedule your swim lessons within 48 hours of your purchase. If you are looking for lessons during our peak times it may take up to several weeks for us to find an instructor with space in their schedule. If your availability is flexible we may be able to place you with an instructor in as little as one week.
What if I purchase a private swim lesson and am not able to be matched with an instructor?
If we are not able to place you with an instructor within the time-frame you need we offer a full refund of lessons purchased. We are also able to transfer purchases to group lessons or other activities.
When can private swim lessons be scheduled?
Generally, private lessons can be scheduled anytime that the pool is open and an instructor is available, but there are some days and times when scheduling can be challenging.
Peak Times – during our peak times instructors are often teaching other programs and their availability for private lessons may be limited. New registrants looking for reservations during these times may be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available. Peak times include:
Weekdays between 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Weekend mornings between 8:00pm – 2:00pm
Youth Restricted Hours – During the academic year youth under the age of 18 are not allowed in the Zesiger building between 5:00 – 7:00pm. During this time youth lessons can only be scheduled at the Alumni Pool.
Will my lessons always be at the same time?
It is our goal to keep scheduling as consistent as possible, but every instructor’s schedule is different and some instructors are able to be flexible with lesson time changes when needed.
My child wears a diaper, is this allowed in the pool?
To reduce the possibility of water contamination we ask that all swimmers not completely toilet trained wear a swim diaper covered by tight fitting plastic, rubber or vinyl cover. Appropriate plastic, vinyl/rubber covers can be purchased at our member services desk and are found most infant/toddler retailers.
What if I miss a swim lesson or class?
If you need to cancel a private lesson please contact the instructor directly as early as possible. Lessons canceled with less than 24 hour notice may still be charged. Missed lessons or “no-shows” will always be charged in full. Please be respectful to your instructor and their time by keeping cancellations to a minimum and contacting them as soon as a cancellation is needed.
Do parents get in the pool with young children during swim lessons?
Generally parents are not needed in the water with children for a private lesson, but we always want to work within the best interest of the child and encourage parents to be in the water if helpful. However, all parents must remain in the Aquatics area during lessons for supervision of children who are under the age of 17 years old.
Members are allowed to swim during the lesson, but must remain available should they be needed by our instructors. If non-Members wish to swim during lessons, they must purchase a day pass.
If I register after the class has started, can I pay a pro-rated fee?
We do not pro-rate classes, it’s best if you sign up ahead of time. If you do end up signing up after the class has begun, you will still pay the full fee.
Do I have to attend every class to be able to register?
No, we prefer you do attend as many classes as possible, but realize things do come up.
Are there make up classes if I miss one?
We do not schedule make up classes if the participant can’t make the scheduled class, but we try our very best to reschedule all classes if they are cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
How do I reserve court space?
You have the option to come in as desired and utilize the available court space based on our Open Recreation Schedules. If you would like to reserve a specific space to ensure availability, please see below.
Squash reservations are available on the hour, one hour at a time. Active members and guests with temporary passes can make reservations by phone at 617-253-9485, or login to your account and click on the scheduler.
Indoor tennis reservations, in the Tennis Bubble (W-53), can be made during the 30-week season October – April by calling 617-253-1451. Outdoor tennis court reservations (summer only) are available by calling the Vassar Street Member Services Desk at 617-253-9485.
Faculty reservations for groups and special events are also available. Please see our Rentals & Reservations page for details.
When does the Zesiger Pool change to Long Course?
Most often the pool is configured in Long Course between late December and early January and from early May through mid-August.
Do I have to be in the water with my children during recreational swim?
Adult supervision is required for children 17 and younger in same pool area at all times. We request that all non-swimmers be fitted with a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device and stay within arm’s reach of an adult.
How do I register for Group Exercise?
Non-students may purchase a group exercise pass online or in-person at one of our main customer service desks. To register online, log in to your account and click on “account information”. Then click “buy series sale”, select “group exercise” as your service category and click “submit”. You will then have access to Group Exercise in our system.
*Students must register in-person with a valid ID.
How do I check in for a Group Exercise Class?
Check-in for Group Exercise can be done at the Vassar St. desk at The Z center or the fitness desk at Alumni/Wang. You are required to present a photo ID by our staff who will issue you a ticket for your specific class. Each ticket is numbered and issued at a first come, first serve basis up to 30 minutes before the start time. You will not be issued access to class if you are more than 5 minutes late. Once class begins, instructors will collect all tickets.
Can I try a Group Exercise class for free?
Our Group Exercise schedule will often list any free classes that we offer throughout each term. Members or temporary pass holders are welcome to join those classes until they reach capacity.
Do I need to bring my own mats or equipment?
No, MIT Recreation will provide the equipment you need for class. All you need to be prepared is proper workout attire and shoes for all classes with the exception of Capoeira, Pilates and Yoga which do not require shoes but you can wear them if you are comfortable.
How do I get started with a personal trainer?
You can purchase personal training packages online or in-person at one of our main member service desks. You will be contacted within 3 business days to begin scheduling your sessions. When you get to start depends on a few things: how soon you return our forms, if you need a physician’s consent, and the availability of the trainer and yourself.
What should I consider when purchasing a personal training package?
You should consider your personal training experience (beginners often start with longer sessions) and your personal goals. If you need help figuring out which direction to take, consider a Fitness Assessment or email our Personal Training Program with any questions.
Is personal training offered for teenagers?
Personal training for children between 13-17 years old is offered. In order for your child to join you on the 3rd floor fitness space outside of the youth restriction hours, they must participate in teen personal training which is a chance to educate teens on appropriate fitness center etiquette, proper exercise technique and safety.
What should I wear when skating?
Gloves or mittens are recommended. Wear clothes that do not hinder movement. Dress in layers so you can adjust your temperature. It is better to wear thin socks or tights, with tighter fitting skates.
Any recommendations on purchasing or figure skate fit?
We recommend leather figure skates, as plastic will not support your ankles and feet properly. Your skates must fit snugly for proper support. Tie up your skates tight around your foot and ankle. You should not be able to fit your hand between your ankle and the tongue of the skate.
Does MIT Recreation offer skate sharpening?
Yes, visit the main desk to pay and then drop your skates off (with the receipt) to the skate rink office during general skate.
Where is the massage room?
The massage room is located in W35-325 (the Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center, 120 Vassar St.) Go to the third floor of W35 and take an immediate right into the office suite. The massage room is the first door on the right. If you need help, our staff can assist you with further directions.
What do I wear during my massage?
You can wear comfortable athletic clothes or just your undergarments, whatever makes you most comfortable. Our massage therapists learn how to properly drape with towels and sheets as part of their professional training.
Do I have to tip the massage therapist?
Tipping is completely up to the client, most of our clients at MIT do tip our therapists, but you are not required to.
Do I need to bring my own golf clubs?
No, we provide clubs for you. Both right and left handed, youth and adult sizes. If you prefer to use your own, you are welcome to bring them to your lesson.
Can I practice golf outside my lesson time?
Yes, you may purchase a driving range pass and reserve the range up to two days in advance.
Are squash racquets available to rent?
We do not have racquets for rent, but we do sell racquets, goggles, and squash balls at the main desk of the Zesiger Center.
How do I reserve a squash court?
You may reserve a court online, by visiting the Vassar entrance desk at the Zesiger Center or by calling 617-253-9485.