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Have you ever participated in the City to Bay or attended a dance, yoga or self-defense class at your local recreation centre?

Community Recreation provides community-orientated recreational activities in a variety of settings which include community sport, aquatics, personal development programs, rehabilitation programs and government initiatives. State and local government authorities are the largest provider of recreation activities followed by commercial leisure centres.

From organising facility programs to working for local government as a Recreation Officer or supervising the community pool, these different jobs need a wide range of skills. Working in this sector is very rewarding if you enjoy making a difference in the community and are looking for an exciting career.

For more information on occupations, related job tasks and work environment characteristics visit the sites below:

Job Role

  • Community Activities Assistant
  • Customer Service Assistant
  • Aquatic Operator
  • Pool Lifeguard
  • Swimming Teacher/Instructor
  • Community Dance Instructor
  • Program Instructor
  • Recreation Officer
  • Self-defence Instructor
  • Venue Duty Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Swim School Coordinator
  • Community Events Manager
  • Leisure Facility Manager


  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation
  • Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation
  • Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management

Training Options

All qualifications in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package are suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway. A sport, fitness or recreation traineeship (also called an Australian Apprenticeship) offers you employment and formal training at the same time. You can seek traineeships through advertised jobs or by approaching an organisation and asking to be employed as a trainee. Your chances will be increased if you have a history of participation or volunteering for that group. You can also contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre or speak with your school career counsellor. For more information visit

To see a list of SA Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who are approved to deliver the sport, recreation and fitness qualifications click HERE.
Please visit each of the RTOs websites to find out what qualifications they deliver and if they have an office in South Australia.

If you are still at school you can start your retail career through VET in SACE. For more information on what subjects are available check out the VET Recognition register

Personal Characteristics & Skills 

  • Active
  • Outgoing personality
  • Good communication skills
  • Satisfaction from helping others succeed
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management and planning skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Motivational skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Good presentation

Entry into the Industry 

There are a number of entry-level positions within the industry. They include roles such as a retail assistant in equipment stores, referees and umpires, administration assistant, community activities assistant, facility maintenance and outdoor activity assistant. Many of these roles offer you the chance to network with new people, learn and do new things and build a career path.

Even if there are no paid work opportunities, a wide variety of organisations depend upon volunteers. Volunteer work in sport, fitness and recreation is an excellent way of experiencing new challenges and learning about the industry. Many people use volunteering as a stepping stone to employment.


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General Career Links
SA Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services

Industry Links
Life. Be in it.
Royal Life Saving Society of Aust (SA)
Swimming SA > Career tab

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