Director of Athletics: Harry Sheehy
Roger B. Demment, Senior Associate Director for Physical Education and Recreation; Joann A. Brislin, Assistant Director for Intramural and Club Sports.
The purpose of the Physical Education Department is to provide students with the opportunity to experience a variety of activity courses and, in turn, to appreciate the importance of the balance of a healthy mind and body. It is our goal to introduce undergraduates to a wide range of lifetime sports so that they may benefit from them throughout their adult lives. The department offers both individual and team activities. There is an emphasis on the out-of-doors.
All students must complete three terms of physical education and pass an untimed 50 yard swim test to fulfill their graduation requirement. Credit in physical education courses is awarded dependent on participation and skill development. All students are expected to fulfill their physical education requirements before the end of their final term at Dartmouth.
Students who participate in an intercollegiate or club sport may receive credit for that activity during the term in which they participate. A maximum of two credits may be earned in this manner. An additional credit for intercollegiate sports may be earned through supervised out-of-season training.
Physical Education Activities
Individual sports include skiing, skating, sailing, golf, fly fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, tennis, swimming, racquetball, strength training, squash, fencing, karate, ballroom dance, swing dance, kayaking, aerobics, lifeguarding, yoga, tai chi, tae kwan do, aikido and jujitsu, RAD, and pilates. Courses are also offered in ice hockey andfigure skating.
During the winter season, special emphasis is placed on skiing. Classes in downhill, cross-country, telemarking, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are offered in a wide range of abilities from beginning to advanced.
Several non-activity courses are also offered through Physical Education. They are PEAC Training and Learning at Dartmouth. Fitness courses of all levels are also offered through the College’s FLIP program.
The Intramural Program is open to the entire student body. Competition in more than thirty activities is organized in three divisions—female, male, and co-ed. Leagues in the different seasonal activities are organized among the dormitories, fraternities, sororities, graduate students, staff, faculty, and administrators. It is the goal of the Intramural Program to organize a constructive, recreational program that provides recreational opportunities for every student, and encourages a spirit of participation, friendliness, and sportsmanship.