Students are introduced to skills and knowledge needed to succeed in recreation and leisure services. The curriculum includes: community recreation, outdoor adventure, arts, culture, heritage, leisure, fitness, retirement activities, life enrichment in long term care, adaptive-therapeutic recreation, facility operations, programming and event planning. Business administration fundamentals are incorporated with courses in marketing, accounting, technology, human resources, entrepreneurship and research. Experiential learning opportunities include a paid co-operative work semester, field trips, and participation in a number of events or programs working with children to seniors. Students gain competencies in leadership and group facilitation by designing, delivering and evaluating diverse, inclusive, relevant, environmentally sustainable recreation leisure and wellness initiatives.
Tuition and fees
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Work integrated learning
This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.
What are the admission requirements for the Recreation and Leisure Services program?
Recreation and Leisure Services admission requirements
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check
Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.
NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.
What career opportunities can I take in recreation and leisure?
Your Recreation and Leisure Services diploma gives you many career opportunities
Career opportunities include: retirement home and long term care activity director/life enrichment, adaptive/therapeutic recreation, facility and parks operations, municipal programmer, administrator in community, arts, heritage and cultural organizations, leader, director, facilitator at registered charities, athletics in education institutions, fitness and healthy/active lifestyle centres, private and commercial clubs, event planning services, recreation supervisor- youth organizations, correction facilities, resorts-sport and recreation manager, outdoor and adventure recreation.
Experiential learning opportunities
Georgian’s Recreation and Leisure Services program provides many experiential learning opportunities.
- Parks and Recreation HIGH FIVE
- SmartServe Ontario
- YMCA Geneva Park Outdoor Recreation Experience
- Parks and Recreation Ontario Conference
- Variety Village Active Living Conference
Practical learning experience
- Town of Innisfil sport plan proposal and ice analysis
- Springwater Township Recreation public meeting
- Elmvale District High School recreation program usage proposal
Flex MORE. Study Recreation and Leisure Services part-time
Benefits of studying part-time:
- Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go
- Online and evening courses that fit your schedule
- MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.
What courses are included in the Recreation and Leisure Services diploma program?
16 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 Program Option Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term
Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Recreation and Leisure Services program outline.
- COMP 1058 – Technology in Administration
- REAS 2003 – Research in Recreation and Sport
- RECR 1000 – Introduction to Recreation
- RECR 1001 – Program Planning
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
- Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
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