Professional Diploma in Leisure Management
These 7 compulsory modules provide foundation knowledge for the Associate Diploma in Leisure Studies.
In addition to the core modules, students study any 8 of the following modules.
Note that each module in the Associate Diploma in Leisure Studies is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Recreational Equipment Considerations
Equipment designed for use in the home is not the same as equipment used in commercial gymnasiums. Home use gym equipment will usually not withstand the wear and tear it will receive in a commercial or public facility.
A room should never be cluttered with equipment. This may cause several problems including:
- It is dangerous for the user
- It restricts movement of the users
- It doesn't allow space for stretching exercises.
Rooms should not be overused (i.e. have too many people in them). Overuse can be controlled in several ways including:
- Restricting times of use (in some situations, booking groups to use a facility at particular times)
- Extending hours of opening
- Restricting membership numbers
- Extending the facility
- Restricting items of equipment available
TYPES OF EQUIPMENT
Gymnasium equipment falls mainly into two groups:
1) Aerobic Equipment (i.e. cardiovascular)
This equipment is designed to increase the heart rate and develop aerobic fitness. Aerobic equipment includes bikes, recumbent cycles, walking machines, rowers, climbers and stepping machines.
These are anaerobic/muscle building equipment (intended to build strength), for example weights, benches, pulley operated weight systems, resistance machines.
These are dumbbells and barbells, or other loose weights of various sizes which are able to be lifted in different ways, to exercise different muscle groups.
These are designed using pulleys which are connected to adjustable weight levels. Different machines are designed for the user to utilise different muscles to move weights.
By adjusting the amount of weight attached to the pulley, the resistance, hence intensity of exercise can be varied. Some machines are designed for legs and others for arms, chest, back, abdominals, etc. Any well-equipped gym needs a variety of equipment including both aerobic and weight equipment.
3) Other Equipment
The remaining gym equipment includes things like: floor mats, ropes, music systems, etc.
The choice of what equipment to use will depend upon many things including:
Needs of the users (e.g. they may have a specialised requirement, such as athletes who need training for a specific sport. Other facilities may be catering to the general population who just want a basic level of fitness).
Space available to "fit" equipment into a room.
Most sports equipment will be supplied with manufacturer's recommendations about its use and maintenance. Proper use and maintenance will result in the equipment lasting longer and performing better.
All equipment should be:
- Kept clean
- Kept lubricated
- Kept repaired
- Kept accurate
- Kept in a safe place.
These often receive rough treatment and are left out in the weather causing significant deterioration.
Don't store these wet - wipe with an oily rag after use, particularly sliding tubes.
Don't lose counterweights - either store them in place on the feet, or pack away altogether.
Avoid metal rusting by cleaning and applying protective paint as soon as rust is detected.
These receive constant handling by different athletes, and need to be treated properly.
Don't store wet or dirty - wash, dry and lubricate moving parts.
Check adjustment bolts periodically to make sure they always function.
Be careful to not lose fixing spikes or nails, always keep them with the blocks (tie them onto the blocks if necessary).
Other Field Equipment
All equipment should be kept clean.
Moving parts should be kept from seizing up.
Corrosion, rotting or other forms of deterioration should be avoided by treating with grease, oil, preservatives or paints where appropriate.
Inspect equipment frequently.
SPORTS GROUND ATHLETICS EQUIPMENT
This equipment is normally left on the ground throughout the season and only put back into store at the end of the season. It will still require regular inspection and attention though throughout the season.
These may be rings of iron or aluminium alloy set in concrete.
Throwing Protection Cages
These are used for hammer and discus.
Don't let the supporting structure lean or sway. Keep ground sockets free from mud and any ties or guy ropes should be secure and taught.
Other ACS Courses
If you are not sure if this is the right course for you, you can study any of the modules above as stand alone courses.
Alternatively, we also offer:
Leisure Management Certificate
Leisure Management Proficiency Award
Why Study with ACS?
ACS follows the old fashioned idea that “the student comes first”. Our staff are told to treat every student as an individual and respond promptly to their enquiries; and the facilities we have developed and continue to develop, are all focused on that goal. Facilities include:
- Offices in two time zones (UK and Australia) –which means an international team of academics are responding to students 5 days a week and 16 hours a day.
- An online student room with unique resources that are only available to students studying our courses, including online library.
- Bookshop offering quality downloadable e books
- A data base of 20 million words of unique information written by our staff over 3 decades that can be drawn upon if needed by academics for use in supporting our students.
- Systems that ensure assignments are tracked, marked and returned to students, fast -commonly within a round 1 week & rarely more than 2 weeks (note: many other colleges take longer).
- The school is active in social networking and encourages students to connect with us and each other.
- No automated handling of student phone enquiries. When you call you get a real person; or leave a message and a real person will call you back within a day, but more commonly within an hour or two.
- No additional charges for extra tutor support over the phone or email.
- Free careers advice for graduates –It is our policy to provide support and advice to our students even after they graduate. If a graduate needs help with getting a CV together, or advice on setting up a business or looking for work; they only need ask.
- The quality of academic staff is higher than many other colleges.
Visit our School bookshop at www.acsebook.com
- Downloadable ebooks that can be read on ipads, PC’s, Laptops, or readers like a Kindle.
- Titles are written by our principal and staff.
- Anyone can purchase books –ACS students are offered a student discount