Recreationally, Santa Fe students get together for swimming,
boxing, tennis, and Frisbee golf, among other activities. There is
even an “Iron Bookworm” group that gathers to do core stabiliza-
tion exercises. Students in Annapolis have been active in Ultimate
Frisbee, volleyball, weight training, canoeing, and kayaking. From
pickup games to outdoor adventure trips, activities run the gamut
from the spontaneous to the carefully planned.
On both campuses, extracurricular classes—which arise from
student interest—have included swing, tango, ballroom and interna-
tional folk dance styles, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, karate-do, aikido,
Brazilian jiujitsu, and tai chi.
Essentially, athletic opportunities are similar in Santa Fe
and Annapolis, with outdoor activities being more mountain-based
in the former and more water-based in the latter. With the Annapolis
campus located near tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, both sailing
and crew are available, and teams compete in a number of regattas
each year. Other intercollegiate offerings include the fencing team
and the croquet club (which faces the neighboring U.S. Naval
Academy each year before competing in—and often winning—the
National Intercollegiate Championships). In Santa Fe, with the
college’s prime location next to the Santa Fe National Forest, outdoor
recreation opportunities include miles of hiking trails on nearby
AtalayaMountain andMonte Sol, as well as skiing, canoeing, white-
water rafting, snow shoeing, fly fishing, and climbing trips in season
throughout the year. In conjunction with any of these activities,
students may check out gear—including tents, sleeping bags,
climbing equipment, and canoes—free of charge. And through the
Search and Rescue Team, students can contribute an important
service to the region as they develop their backcountry skills.
What does the SearchandRescueTeamdo?
Through an alliance with Atalaya Search and Rescue, St. John’s students receive
training in map and compass, GPS, wilderness medicine, technical evacuation,
radio communications, and outdoor leadership, and they assist in helping lost or
injured people in the surrounding NewMexico wilderness.