The YMCA provides certification courses for a variety of fitness instructors, including personal trainers, aerobic instructors and water instructors. The classes are at local YMCA campuses, so some aspects of the training may vary between locations, but the general information and structure of the class are the same.
Description of the Course
The YMCA water fitness instructor is a three-day course that teaches you the art of instructing water fitness classes. The course covers basic water exercises, safety and how to develop classes to help members reach their fitness goals. A large portion of the course takes place in the pool so you can practice the exercises yourself. You need to bring a swimsuit, towel and water shoes.
Prerequisites to the Classes
The minimum age to participate in the YMCA water instructor course is 18. You must have a current YMCA Lifeguard or YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistant certification before you take this course. You must have a current First Aid certification and be CPR-certified in adult, child, infant, two-rescuer CPR and the obstructed airway maneuver. When you go to the class, take proof of all your current certifications.
A supplemental text is required for the YMCA water fitness certification course. You can purchase the "YMCA Water Fitness for Health Instructor Training Manual" by Mary E. Sanders from the YMCA Program Store. The cost of the text is usually included in class registration, but separately, the text cost $39 as of 2013. The instructor will refer to the text in class; it is recommended that you read the book prior to attending class.
The cost of the YMCA water fitness instructor course varies depending on where you take the class and what is included. Depending on the location, the course cost is between $110 and $150 for YMCA members. It costs between $130 and $185 for nonmembers. The fee usually includes the three-day course, the textbook and lunch.