Recreation and Leisure Services

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Program at a glance

Program code: 
010403
Accreditation: 
Ontario College Diploma
Length of study: 
2 years
Study options: 
Full-time - September & January
Campus location: 
College Drive, Online

Train for an exciting career that could take you anywhere in the world. As a recreation professional, you could find yourself planning special events or organizing activities and programs for all age groups at resorts, camps, or even on cruise ships – the possibilities are endless. Your training will include organizing community events, participating in hands-on workshops, and various certifications in career-related areas.


All classes are available onsite or online, and are recorded for future playback.


*Fast track option available


Your Future Careers

  • Sport and recreation associations and facilities
  • Community agencies
  • Parks and recreation departments
  • Ecotourism and outdoor recreation operations
  • Fitness centres
  • Youth and senior organizations
  • Tourism and resort industry

What You Learn

  • Leadership and program planning
  • Community development
  • Health and wellness
  • Fundraising
  • Sports and special events
  • Recreation facilities
  • Therapeutic recreation basics
  • Marketing

Note: Students complete 400 hours of applied work experience.


Obtain two diplomas in three years! Canadore graduates are eligible to transfer directly into the second year of the Recreation Therapy program or Strength and Sport Conditioning program.

Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U


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Curriculum: 

View January Start Curriculum

September Start

Semester One - Fall:

REC 105Leadership and Program Planning

REC 106Community Development

REC 108Introduction to Recreation/Leisure Services

REC 109Concepts and Principles of Ecotourism

CMM 125College Communications

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online


 

Semester Two - Winter:

REC 111Health and Wellness

REC 118Fund Raising

REC 123Recreation Facilities

REC 128Sport and Special Events

REC 130Legislation and Risk Management

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

Semester Three - Fall:

REC 117Foundations of Recreation Therapy

REC 214Administration of Recreation/Leisure Services

REC 218Marketing Recreation and Leisure

REC 250Practicum - Recreation (100 hours)

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

Semester Four - Winter:

REC 230Financial Management (7 wks)

REC 232Volunteer Management (7 wks)

REC 234Leagues and Tournaments (7 wks)

REC 239Introduction to Applied Research (7 wks)

REC 251Placement - Recreation (280 hrs) (14 wks)

 

January Start

Semester One - Winter:

REC 111Health and Wellness

REC 118Fund Raising

REC 123Recreation Facilities

REC 128Sports and Special Events

REC 130Legislation and Risk Management

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online


 

Semester Two - Fall:

REC 105Leadership and Program Planning

REC 106Community Development

REC 108Introduction to Recreation/Leisure Services

REC 109Concepts and Principles of Ecotourism

CMM 125College Communications

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

Semester Three - Winter:

REC 230Financial Management (7 wks)

REC 232Volunteer Management (7 wks)

REC 234Leagues and Tournaments (7 wks)

REC 239Introduction to Applied Research (7 wks)

REC 251Placement - Recreation (280 hrs) (14 wks)

 

Semester Four - Fall:

REC 117Foundations of Recreation Therapy

REC 214Administration of Recreation/Leisure Services

REC 218Marketing Recreation and Leisure

REC 250Practicum - Recreation (100 hours)

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

Note: Prior to commencing placement, the student may require a current Emergency First Aid and CPR training and a criminal reference check. The student may be required to provide a record of immunization and tuberculosis test. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.


Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

Work Placement: 

Students perform 400 hours of applied work experience, including a seven-week placement at the end of the last semester. Recreation and Leisure Services professionals work closely with the program faculty to ensure quality placement experiences. Students must be prepared to travel to and from placement at their own expense.

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Additional Credentials: 

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

Students have opportunities to acquire further certification in a number of areas such as: High Five, Inclusive Recreation Coach, National Coaching Certification Program, First Aid/CPR, etc.

Note: Additional certifications available year by year and are often outside of regular tuition costs.


 

WORK PLACEMENT

Students perform 400 hours of work placement, including a seven-week block placement at the end of the last semester. Recreation professionals work closely with program faculty to ensure quality placement experiences. Students must be prepared to travel to and from placements at their own expense.


 

DUAL DIPLOMA OPTION

The program curriculum is designed to offer students the opportunity to obtain two diplomas in three years. Graduates are eligible to transfer directly into Canadore’s Recreation Therapy program or Strength and Sport Conditioning program. These transfer options enable students to obtain a second diploma within a year. 

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