Recreation, Sport and Leisure

Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

Recreation, Sport and Leisure

Our busy days are often highly scheduled, making it essential that quality wellness and recreation services are available within our community. Recreation and sport professionals help build healthy communities and develop programs for individuals of all ages. Please note: The program name on the Ontario College application portals is Recreation and Leisure Services - Sports. Upon successful program completion, students will receive an Ontario College Diploma in Recreation, Sport and Leisure.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent

Additional requirements

  • Standard First Aid and Level “C” CPR with AED certification (adult, child and infant).
  • Immunization record and/or personal health history
  • The program includes a physical fitness component. Prospective students with special needs, limitations or health-related issued that may affect their field placement or potential employment opportunities are encouraged to discuss their career goals with the program coordinator as part of the application process.

Is it for you?

Do you enjoy being active? Is your enthusiasm contagious? This is a great program for people who:

  • Are outgoing and like working with the public
  • Have energy to burn
  • Possess keen observational skills
  • Are good motivators

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • College Writing Skills
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Development & Sport
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Succeeding in Fitness & Recreation

First Year - Semester Two

  • Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitative Anatomy
  • Human Resources & Customer Service
  • Introduction to Program Design
  • Sport & Recreation Programming
  • Sport Psychology & Leadership

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Emerging Trends in Sport
  • Field Placement 1
  • Nutrition
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Professional & Career Development
  • Research and Proposal Writing
  • Sport Injury Management

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Advanced Program Planning and Documentation
  • Entrepreneurship & Marketing
  • Field Placement 2
  • Inclusive Programming
  • Outdoor & Adventure Prg.
  • Sport & Event Management
  • Sport Administration

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


  • Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,308
  • Total: $4,030.08


Credential: Two-year Ontario College Diploma

Experiential learning

This hands-on program produces recreation and sport professionals with the skills and knowledge to help people of all ages and abilities combine wellness and physical activity in their daily lives:

  • Engage in outdoor recreation activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, slacklining and skiing.
  • Work directly with children and youth with a variety of exceptionalities and abilities within an adaptive recreation setting.
  • Prepare for self-employment through an independent research project in the final semester. Design an original program or business that can be showcased to employers and investors upon graduation.
  • Pursue opportunities to complete aquatic and outdoor recreation qualifications.
  • Gain important public relations, marketing, financial, and research and proposal writing skills.
  • Hear from industry professional guest speakers in recreation and outdoor education.
  • Gain 320 hours of on-the-job experience in two field placements within a variety of settings: municipal health and wellness centres, military recreation, resort destinations, outdoor education centres, retirement and therapeutic recreation facilities, and international programs

Career paths

Find your career

This program prepares students for leadership positions in sports and recreation programs. Train to:

  • Design recreational initiatives for community recreation centres, fitness clubs, seniors’ facilities, college and university athletic departments, community associations such as the YMCA, service clubs, corporate fitness programs, tourist resorts and cruise ships.
  • Manage indoor and outdoor recreation, sports and fitness facilities or start your own business.
  • Graduates obtain industry-recognized High 5 certification in leadership and coaching required to work with day camps and children’s programs.

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

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