Tourism and Recreation
The Chair of Recreation embraces two Units : the Unit of Physical Recreation and the Unit of the Basics of Recreation and Leisure Management.
The major didactic goal of the Unit of Physical Recreation is to equip the students with theoretical and practical knowledge how to single-handedly design and conduct classes of the recreational training profile as well as how to apply various forms of physical activity for different age groups. The Unit is responsible for conducting classes and workshops on the following subjects: Orienteering, Kinesygerontoprophylaxis, Recreational and Outdoor Games, Other Forms of Recreation, Athletics, Nordic Walking, Organization of Recreational and Tourist Events. The Chair also offers lectures in the Scientific and Methodological Basics of Fitness and Kinesiogerontoprophylaxis, the Health Basics of Physical Activity.
The overall didactic goal of the Unit of the Basics of Recreation and Leisure Management is to explain to the students the theoretical foundations of the widely understood recreation for different age groups. The Chair of Recreation and Leisure Management conducts classes and workshops in the following subjects: the Theory of Recreation and Tourism, the Basics of Sciences of Free Time, Planning and Programming of Recreation, Curricular Basics of Recreation, Recreation and Tourism Management, Outdoor Exercises, Recreational and Tourist Infrastructure, School Tourism.
The field of scientific research: the Unit of Physical Education is involved in a research project on ‘The optimal and individual approach to different forms of physical exercise for different age categories.’ The research aims at establishing the theoretical and practical solutions referring to the optimal process of health training on the basis of objective, comprehensive information on the individual level of the most important components of motor abilities and the functional condition of people from different age categories who practice various forms of physical activity. The gathered information shall be applied to achieve the major target of the research project that is to design programmes of health training based on such forms of physical exercise as, for example: orienteering, Nordic walking, fitness. These programmes shall be tailored to different age categories, varied sport abilities’ group and health condition groups in order to promote and implement a universal and common healthy life style recommended for an average Pole.
The project was launched in 2005 and since then has been conducted on a sample group of 100 volunteers at ages from 50 to 80 years who participate in health training sessions on a regular basis . The sessions are conducted by the Unit of Physical Recreation staff as well as by the students who follow the kinesygerotoprofilactic course. The results of the research are published on a regular basis in post-conference materials and scientific magazines. They are also applied by our students as source materials in diploma theses. The Unit realizes its mission also through: the student scientific circle which holds several members-students of the Faculty of Recreation and Tourism. Additionally, every year our students organize numerous sport and recreation events for different age categories, which has been appreciated by a wider audience in form of letters and greetings from the participants. The most recent research field of the Unit of the Basics of Recreation and Leisure Management focuses on leisure time management in the low-land region of Żuławy.
The Chair of Sport embraces: the Unit of Sailing and Water Tourism, the Unit of Health Psychology, the Unit of History and PE Organization and Tourism, the Unit of Fitness and Strength Sports, and the Unit of Recreation Sports.
The major educational goal of the Chair is to offer a comprehensive course of education for the students who wish to work in the fields of sport, recreation or tourism. The wide framework of the course enables the students to gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. In particular, the course has been designed to acquaint the students with most modern forms of fitness, including: group music and physical exercise classes, body-building exercise, psychophysical exercise, recreational forms of team sports such as: handball, volleyball, basketball and football, sport gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics, ice-skating, tennis, surfing, sport sailing, water tourism and active tourism. Specific aims of the Chair are to prepare the students to their further professional career and to create the opportunities for the students to obtain professional certificates. The students have a chance to obtain state certificates as coaches and/or instructors in such selected disciplines of sport and recreation as, for instance: tennis, physical exercise classes, fitness – weight training exercise, fitness – psychophysical exercise. The Unit of Sailing and Water Tourism offers the students an opportunity to obtain the following certificates: sailing licence, second class trainer in sailing, windsurfing instructor, or recreation instructor in sailing.
Other educational aims of the Chair are: to support the practical competence with historical insight and to introduce the students to the fundamental organizational and legal issues concerning sport and recreation management. Additionally, the students are offered opportunities to obtain psychological and social skills which will help them to perform their professional duties successfully. All these goals are targeted in obligatory and optional course as well as optional tutorials. Mass sport and recreational events create another chance for the students to master the gained skills; the students participate in such grand events as, for example, yearly fitness conventions. Another platform for students’ activity will be initiated soon; it will take the form of a scientific circle.
The field of scientific research of the Chair is determined by the scope of didactic activity and it focuses on various physical education-related issues, such as health training tailored to the needs of different age categories of women or optimization of the training process in sailing and many others.
The Chair of Tourism Economics embraces: the Unit of Tourism and Marketing, the Unit of the Basics of Tourism, and the Unit of Hotel and Catering Industry.
Didactic field of activity: The overall goal is to educate specialists in the fields of tourism and recreation who will be able to navigate successfully in the world of tourist industry and face the challenges posed by market economy.
Specific didactic goals are:
to provide students with the knowledge of tourism and recreation –related issues
to acquaint students with the mechanisms of domestic and foreign tourist industry market
to shape the right attitude towards active participation in the market
to create the demand for tourist and recreational industry services
to prepare students to their professional careers in tourist and catering enterprises, tourist resorts, sport facilities, recreation, Wellness and SPA centers, local and state administration premises and social organization.
to equip students with management skills and practical knowledge how to run their own businesses and to manage tourist/ recreational enterprises.
To support the didactic performance, the Chair cooperates with national and international institutions and is involved in organizing courses, trainings and workshops in the field of tourism and recreation.
The field of scientific research conducted by the Chair of Tourism Economics embraces broadly understood tourist industry, including such issues as: tourist services, economic efficiency in the market economy environment, socio-cultural implications of tourist industry, and forms of recreation of social groups from different backgrounds as well as the analysis of the training process of the tourist and recreational staff in relation to state politics.
The Chair is also involved in the following research projects: “Recreational and pro-health functions of hotel premises in the Pomorskie Region, research projects concerning the issues of trends and standards of the training for the employed in the tourism industry, as well as projects aiming at evaluating the range of tourist services offered by travel agencies in the Pomorskie Region, and identifying the most recent tendencies determined by the rising popularity of sport tourism.