NOC 5254 – Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport


  • activities leader – seniors
  • aerobics instructor
  • arts and crafts instructor
  • arts and crafts leader
  • arts and crafts leader – sports and recreation
  • arts and leisure leader
  • arts and recreation leader
  • athletics instructor
  • beach lifeguard
  • bowling instructor
  • bridge instructor
  • bridge teacher
  • callisthenics instructor
  • camp co-ordinator
  • camp counsellor
  • camp leader
  • certified fitness apraiser
  • certified personal trainer
  • chess instructor
  • co-ordinator, camp – sports and leisure
  • co-ordinator, pool – recreation
  • counsellor, camp
  • counsellor, day camp – recreation
  • cultural activities leader
  • day camp counsellor – recreation
  • day camp leader
  • dressage instructor
  • fencing instructor
  • fishing seminar leader
  • fitness appraiser
  • fitness instructor
  • fitness leader
  • fitness leader – aerobic fitness
  • fitness leader – aquatic fitness
  • fitness leader – fitness for older adults
  • fitness leader – strength and conditioning
  • fitness supervisor
  • golf instructor
  • gymnastics instructor
  • gymnastics teacher
  • horseback riding instructor
  • ice-skating instructor
  • inline skating instructor
  • instructor, aerobics
  • instructor, arts and crafts
  • instructor, athletics
  • instructor, bowling
  • instructor, bridge
  • instructor, callisthenics
  • instructor, dressage
  • instructor, fencing
  • instructor, fitness
  • instructor, golf
  • instructor, gymnastics
  • instructor, horseback riding
  • instructor, ice-skating
  • instructor, judo
  • instructor, jujitsu
  • instructor, karate
  • instructor, martial arts
  • instructor, physical training
  • instructor, recreation
  • instructor, riding
  • instructor, rollerblading
  • instructor, roller-skating
  • instructor, ski
  • instructor, ski – sports and recreation
  • instructor, sports
  • instructor, swimming – recreation
  • instructor, swimming – sports
  • instructor, tai-chi
  • instructor, tennis – recreation
  • instructor, tennis – sports
  • instructor, track and field
  • instructor, weightlifting
  • instructor, yoga
  • judo instructor
  • jujitsu instructor
  • karate instructor
  • leisure program leader
  • life enrichment co-ordinator – recreation and fitness
  • lifeguard, beach
  • lifeguard, pool
  • martial arts instructor
  • master, riding
  • patroller, ski
  • personal trainer
  • physical training instructor
  • physical training leader
  • pilates instructor
  • playground leader
  • playground worker
  • pool co-ordinator – recreation
  • pool lifeguard
  • professional golf instructor
  • professional instructor, golf
  • professional instructor, tennis
  • professional tennis instructor
  • recreation instructor
  • recreation leader
  • recreation program leader
  • recreation technician
  • riding instructor
  • riding master
  • rollerblading instructor
  • roller-skating instructor
  • skateboarding instructor
  • skating instructor, ice
  • ski instructor
  • ski instructor – sports and recreation
  • ski patrol
  • snowboarding instructor
  • sports and leisure leader
  • sports and recreation leader
  • sports instructor
  • sports leader
  • supervisor, fitness
  • swimming instructor – recreation
  • swimming instructor – sports
  • tai-chi instructor
  • teacher, bridge
  • teacher, gymnastics
  • tennis instructor – recreation
  • tennis instructor – sports
  • track and field instructor
  • vacation camp counsellor
  • vacation camp leader
  • weightlifting instructor
  • windsurfing instructor
  • yoga instructor

Job Duties

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 ensure safety and provide emergency or first aid assistance when required
  • Enforce safety rules and regulations
  • Assist with co-ordination of special events
  • Schedule activities, keep logs, maintain records and prepare reports
  • May train and supervise staff
  • May maintain and repair sports equipment.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a college program in recreation or physical education or extensive experience in a specific recreational or sports program activity is usually required.
  • Certification is usually required in a specific area of recreational, sports or fitness activity, such as ski instructor or personal trainer, or in first aid or emergency care.
  • Demonstrated ability in a particular recreational, sports or fitness discipline is required.
  • Fitness appraiser certification may be required for fitness appraisers.


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