124-Fitness and recreation instructors and program leaders

Job Title: 

Fitness and recreation instructors and program leaders

Job Description: 

Lead, guide and instruct groups and individuals in recreational, fitness or outdoor adventure activities


Fitness and recreation instructors and program leaders develop programs and plans covering a variety of physical, adventure or recreational activities for groups and individuals. It may involve them assessing, teaching, training and supervising such activities taking into account risk management and health limits of individuals.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • planning and carrying out recreational and fitness activities
  • monitoring recreational, sports or fitness activities to ensure safety and provide emergency or first aid assistance when required
  • evaluating and monitoring clients? abilities and fitness and recommending activities
  • demonstrating and teaching body movements, concepts and skills used in fitness routines and recreational activities
  • instructing in the use of equipment
  • explaining and enforcing safety procedures, rules and regulations

Planning skills

  • Knowledge principles, practices and techniques in relevant field of fitness or recreational activities(s)
  • Knowledge of relevant rules and regulations for respective field of fitness or recreational activities(s)
  • Evaluation and monitoring skills in assessing strengths and weaknesses of clients? abilities/fitness and recommending activities
  • Planning and coordination skills
  • Demonstration and instruction techniques and skills
  • Motivation skills for empowering clients? to implement and follow through on recommended programs or activities
  • Managing and communicating safety and emergency measures such first aid
  • Proficient in administering first aid
  • Analysis skills in evaluation of clients? performances, techniques, and modification of programs or activities
  • Demonstrated skills in officiating fitness or recreational events or programs
  • Demonstrated skills in explaining correct use of equipment, tools and technologies and where appropriate, recording clients? results during programs or activities
  • Judging skills in performance of fitness programs or activities in awarding points, imposing penalties for infractions and determining results; as well as rules, techniques, practices for compiling scores and client records
  • Work Context: 

    May work indoor, outdoor or a combination in conducting the activities. May involve working irregular hours including shift work to meet client requirements as well as working at a number of different locations, in sometimes differing weather conditions. It may be at a fitness centre, clinical setting, private practice or workplace, or in the mountains. It could be in an array of activities such as rafting, kayaking, diving, skiing, hunting, fishing, climbing, tramping and caving or bicycle touring, bushwalking, swimming, canoeing, caving, cross country skiing, horse trekking, rafting, rock climbing and sailing.


    Diploma in fitness or leisure and recreation programs or related field of work, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Sports Council, General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, Critical National Infrastructure Authority, Armed Forces, Police

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Aerobics instructor - Fitness instructor - Horse riding instructor - Outdoor adventure guide - Personal trainer - Sailing instructor - Underwater diving instructor
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Ski instructor - Swimming instructor - Snowsport Instructor - Diving instructor - Adventure guide - Lifeguard - Sports development officer - Sportsperson - Teacher - Physical Education (PE)

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Business, administration, tourism, retail and leisure service
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi