Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (NOC 5254)

About this job

Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness lead and instruct groups and individuals in related programs.

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Certified personal trainer

People in this occupational group work for:

  • community centres
  • sports and fitness clubs
  • outdoor centres
  • resorts
  • recreational facilities
  • health-care facilities
  • correctional institutions
  • government departments
  • private businesses
  • tourism operators
Common job titles
  • appraiser, fitness - certified
  • camp co-ordinator
  • crew member, search and rescue
  • leader, arts / recreation
  • leader, sports / leisure / recreation
  • personal trainer (certified)


Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan and carry out recreational, athletic, fitness and sports activities
  • assemble supplies and sports and game equipment
  • demonstrate and instruct athletic, fitness or sports activities and techniques
  • instruct groups and individuals in arts, crafts and similar activities and lead groups and individuals in recreational or leisure programs
  • attend to clients with special needs
  • provide lifestyle awareness information
  • conduct therapeutic recreational or athletic activities
  • monitor recreational, sports or fitness activities to make sure they are safe, and provide emergency or first aid assistance when needed
  • enforce safety rules and regulations
  • help with coordination of special events
  • schedule activities, keep logs, maintain records and prepare reports
  • train and supervise staff
  • maintain and repair sports equipment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors in sports and recreational settings.
  • Some outdoor work may also be required.
  • Some workers, such as lifeguards, work near water.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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