The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation offers the entire Yale community a wide range of activities designed to satisfy many different levels of interest and skill. The Payne Whitney Gymnasium is one of the most complete facilities for physical education and recreation in the world. It contains two swimming pools, three jogging tracks, three rowing tanks, 26 squash courts, eight handball-racquetball courts, plus rooms for dancing, fencing, gymnastics, exercise, judo, golf, volleyball and basketball. MSTP students may use the gym at no charge, provided they use a transient locker, and bring their own lock and towel for day use. For reasonable fees, students and student spouses may arrange for locker assignments and towel service.
There are some three dozen individual and team sports offered campus wide as part of a large intramural program. The number of intramural sport opportunities for students is steadily being expanded and includes participation in soccer, touch football, volleyball, softball, and racquet sports. The Yale Golf Course is less than five miles from the Medical School campus. Golf lessons are available for advanced and beginning golfers; balls and clubs may be rented. Indoor and outdoor tennis courts are available in the vicinity of the Yale Bowl, and the Ingalls Skating Rink is open October through March.
In the summer months, the Yale Sailing Center is available to students for a moderate fee. The Center offers instructional, recreational, and racing programs. The Yale Outdoor Education Center, located 42 miles from New Haven, is open to the entire Yale community. The OEC features swimming, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, volleyball, horseshoe pitching, trap and skeet shooting, bird-watching and hiking.