A certified water fitness instructor holds an important position at community pools. As an instructor, you are responsible for providing a safe and effective workout to participants. Your job is focusing on clients' happiness, motivation levels and their exercise results. An online certification in aquatic exercise can teach you how to use the properties of water for the benefit of you and your students.
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If teaching water exercise is a passion of yours, you will need certification in this exercise discipline. Most health clubs and community pools require that their instructors maintain current certifications as fitness trainers. This reassures your boss that you will be providing a safe, yet challenging workout to participants. In order to keep your certification current, you will be earning yearly credits by continuing your education. This helps you develop as an instructor and keeps your class ideas fresh and fun.
Water has a training property that you can use for a cardiovascular or strength workout. Throughout your home study, you will learn the difference between land and water workouts, safety techniques, leadership skills, dealing with diseases and special populations, fitness principles and more. Your instructor skills will be perfected when you learn how to design workouts and how to progress them as your class's levels improve. Organizations such as the American Sports and Fitness Association offer an online written examination. Other organizations offer the option to download the the written examination or view it online and return the answers by email.
Throughout your course of becoming a certified water instructor, you will learn to choreograph routines for use in shallow, deep and in-between depths of water. Online courses will teach you proper music selection, verbal and physical cues and safety techniques. A demonstration of your knowledge of these skills may be required by sending in a video as a DVD or on a flash drive that shows you leading a sample class. The certifying agency will look for a proper warm-up and examples of you teaching a cardiovascular segment, a strength or functional fitness segment and a cool down. You'll also be evaluated on how well you understand the objective of each exercise you demonstrate, how well you can be seen and heard, how safe and effective your workout is and if the participants appear to be enjoying the sample class.
Cost of your online certification can range from $200 to $400. This includes a study manual and, depending on which company you choose, a DVD or workout flash cards. Fees are paid prior to receiving the study guides and are not refundable if you decide not to take the certification exam. You must be 18 years of age to become a certified instructor. Not all companies require current CPR certification, but your basic CPR and first aid skills should be current.
For most certification courses, you will have six months to complete your study. After purchasing your manuals, break down each section into a manageable time table, so that at the end of six months you will be prepared to take your exam. These six months are also the time for you to experience instructing a class at your community pool, so you will have material for your video submission.