Physical Recreation

To encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement in physical fitness and performance.

The Physical Recreation Section of The Duke of Ed gives you the opportunity to participate in physical activity in a way that suits you. You might want to train alone or take part in a non-competitive activity with one or more friends. Or, you might love the challenge of team sports and the thrill of competition!

No matter your physical or mental ability or inclination, as long as you have the determination, this Section offers the opportunity to develop healthy fitness habits that will hopefully continue long after you achieve your Award.

Physical Recreation benefits

Clear your mind and boost your fitness (and endorphins!) while increasing your heart rate. Physical Recreation is lots of fun and clearly has heaps of great benefits. With The Duke of Ed, you choose the activity and level of competition. You can do it alone or with friends — and maybe even make some new ones along the way!

Whatever Physical Recreation activity you choose, it should be enjoyable and the goals realistic, so that at the end, you feel a real sense of achievement (as well as maybe lots more energy!).

Physical Recreation activity ideas

From abseiling and bushwalking to judo, motorcross or scuba diving — do whatever it is that inspires and interests you! The possibilities are endless, and really only limited to your imagination. Just make sure you work up a sweat!

Chat to your Award Leader or to us about your ideas and how we can make them happen!

Get inspired through some Physical Rec stories!

Physical Recreation requirements

For this Section, Participants must:

  1. regularly undertake an activity which increases their heart rate.
  2. do this activity for the minimum time requirements, depending on the Award level chosen.
  3. show regular commitment, progress and improvement.
  4. understand that regular commitment means at least one (1) hour per week, two (2) hours per fortnight.
  5. undertake activities substantially in their own time. This means that although some activity can take place in school, university or work hours, most of it should occur outside these times.

Like all Sections of The Duke of Ed, choosing a physical activity is a personal choice. You should choose an activity that interests you. It could be something new, or something you are already doing and want to improve. Goals should be realistic and achievable.

Some Participants might feel comfortable ‘doing it alone’ and choosing something that none of their friends is doing. Others might want to choose an activity that they can do with their friends, with the group offering the inspiration and motivation needed to get through.

The important thing is for Participants to choose something that they enjoy, measure their own personal effort, and undertake an activity that improves their physical well-being. Like all Award activities, Physical Recreation activities must be unpaid.

To provide a structure for the activity, it can be helpful to link in with a club or follow a program of a sport’s national governing body (for example, achieving a certain level under the auspices of Gymnastics Australia). This can also help with setting meaningful and achievable goals.

Physical Recreation FAQs

How do I tell if my activity is Physical Activity or Skill?
Physical Activity should increase your heart rate, fitness or physical strength, whereas a Skill is more passive and increases your knowledge and understanding.

Can ballet (or any type of dancing) be used as Physical Recreation?
Yes, dance is Physical Recreation. To be used as a Skill, your activity would need to be more passive, such as focusing on the theory and history of ballet or choreography.

Can martial arts be used as Physical Recreation?
Yes, because you are increasing your heart rate and becoming fitter. However, if you study the history behind martial arts, it could then be classified as a Skill.

Can umpiring be used as Physical Recreation?
It can be used in either Physical Recreation, Skill or Service, depending on the goal you set and as long as you are not being paid for doing it.

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