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Recreation and Leisure Services (RALS)

Available as a two-year program

Our busy days are often highly scheduled, but we choose how to keep active in our leisure time — seeking ways to combine fitness and fun. Here is a career where your clients are giving you the best part of their day.
  • Program Code


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry

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.
• Start your own business.
• Graduate with industry-recognized High 5 certification in leadership and coaching required to work with day camps and children’s programs.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Youth Programmer, YMCA Northumberland
  • Assistant Trainer, Belleville Bulls
  • Community Development Coordinator, Batawa Development Corporation
  • Activity Director, The Carrington Retirement Residence
  • Programmer, Body Boomers Fitness Club

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

Experiential learning

This hands-on program produces energetic leaders with the skills and knowledge to help people of all ages combine fun and physical activity in their daily lives:

• Enjoy hands-on activities in dedicated classrooms and labs.
• Apply your skills in Loyalist’s well-equipped consultation room and renovated on-campus fitness centre.
• Get practical instruction in current industry trends and customer service.
• Prepare for self-employment through marketing strategies, entrepreneurship, research and proposal writing.
• Hear from industry professional guest speakers in recreation and outdoor education.
• During an independent research project in the final semester, design an original program that you can showcase to potential employers.
• Gain 320 hours of on-the-job experience in two field placements.
• Past placements include municipal health and wellness centres across the country, recreational centres at military bases, resorts, outdoor education centres, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and international programs working with children across the world.

Expand your opportunities with fitness training:

  • A common first year curriculum allows a seamless transition into Fitness and Health Promotion
  • The unique focus on exercise sciences provides a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, nutrition and injury management
  • Graduates have the opportunity to complete a dual diploma in just one additional year

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with experienced and dedicated faculty who are committed to student success
  • The program coordinator has extensive experience working overseas in international children’s programming, connecting students with international placements and jobs

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