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Aqua Fitness 100 hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BRE207 CLD
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Aqua Fitness 100 hours Certificate Course

Aquafitness online course. A comprehensive Home Study course in water fitness! This distance learning course is perfect for anyone interested in water fitness and safety as well as teaching some of the essential elements such as aquafitness equipment and facilities, hydrostatic and hydrodynamic principles, and program design and facilitating.

Aqua Fitness activities might be defined as any fitness activities undertaken when the body is submerged or partially submerged in water. This might include Swimming, Diving (high board or scuba), Snorkelling, Aqua Aerobics, Hydrostatic Stretching, Deep Water Running, or even more structured activities such as Water Volleyball or Water Polo. This course is relevant to all of these to a point, though the emphasis is Aqua Aerobics, Deep Water Running, Swimming and Stretching.

Aqua exercise is particularly useful as a therapeutic tool for people recovering from injury, or with some other problem that hampers their ability to exercise on land. Various aspects (eg. surgery, severe pain, different disabilities) can impair a person’s ability to participate in more traditional exercise; whereas aqua exercise if properly prescribed may be a very appropriate alternative. 

Learn about all this and loads more in this excellent foundation course in Aquafitness. For those who wish to use the knowledge and skills taught in the program for employment purposes, to work at a Leisure Centre for example, an endorsed certificate from an Ofqual Recognised Awarding Organisation can be obtained. Simply choose study option A, when enrolling.


Aims: Aquafitness BRE207
  1. An understanding of how aquafitness activities differ from other fitness activities.
  2. Skills and knowledge which will aid in the selection, use and management of equipment and facilities required for aquafitness activities.
  3. An understanding of a wide range of different aerobic and anaerobic movements that can be used in aquafitness programs.
  4. An understanding of the principles underlying the design of an appropriate aquafitness program.
  5. An understanding of the aquafitness training requirements of special needs groups.
  6. Skills in the design and delivery of appropriate aqua based programs to improve/maintain aerobic fitness.
  7. An understanding of skills that will enable better leadership of an aqua fitness session.


Course Structure: Aquafitness BRE207

There are 8 lesson:

1  Introduction 

  • Water 
  • Compression Forces
  • Hydrostatic Pressure on the Body
  • Hydrostatic Pressure Affecting Blood Movement
  • Increased Resistance to Body Movements
  • Respiratory Fitness
  • Aquatherapy: Flexibility, Strength, Re-education of Muscles, Balance, Muscle Spasms 
  • The Physiology Of An Aqua Exercise Session: 1st Stage, 2nd Stage, 3rd Stage
  • Managing Aquatic Facilities

2  Equipment and Facilities

  • Pool Conditions
  • Pool Design: What to Consider, Clientele, Atmosphere, Financial Constraints, Overall Layout of Pool Facilities, Type of Pool required, Receptions and offices, Design of the pool tank, Pool Depth, Swim jets, Rails, Rings, Pool Renovation, Toilets and Locker Room Facilities
  • Water Conditions in Non-Pool Areas: Water Quality, Pests, Environment
  • Managing Aquatic Features
  • Equipment For Aqua Fitness Activities: Kick boards, Float belts/Vests, Goggles, Neck Supports, Flippers, Face Masks, Ear Plugs, Balls, Paddles, Floatation Barbells, Webbed Gloves, Stretch Cords, Mats, Weight Belts, Aqua Lungs, Clothing and Sun Protection, Hats/Caps, Shoes, Sunglasses, Suntan Lotion, Water Resistant Heart Monitor, Water Resistant Stop Watches
  • Maintaining the Equipment
  • Miscellaneous Equipment Requirements
  • Having the Appropriate Numbers of Students
  • Music: Music Equipment, Type of Music, Volume, Audibility of Instructor
  • Safety in Swimming Pools
  • Public Pools
  • First Aid: First Aid and Oxygen
  • Teaching Swimming: Teacher Ratios, Lifeguards 

3  Types of Exercises

  • Stretching: Stretches, Body Stretch, Calf Stretch, Hamstring Stretch, Lunges, Hip Flexor Stretch, Pectoral Stretches, Triceps Stretches
  • Types of Exercises: Aerobic Exercises, Anaerobic Exercises
  • Exercises in Shallow Water: Jogging/Water Running, Scissors/Shuffle/Cross Country Ski, Double Knee Lift (Tuck Jump), Single Knee Lifts, Straight Leg Lift, Leg Extension or Kicks, Heel Jumps, Calf Raises, Tummy Tucks/Abdominal Curls or Slides, Step Aqua/Step Ups, Adductor/Abductor Leg Lift, Rear Shoulder/Back Exercise, Front and Rear Shoulder Swing, Pec Dec, Lateral Raises, Tricep/Bicep Curls/Extensions
  • Exercises in Deep Water: Beginner Abdominal Tilt, Push Ups, Cross Country Skiing – Deep Water, Deep Water Running, Wheel Chairs (forward or backwards), Diagonal Knee, Breast Stroke
  • Resistance Exercise
  • Deep Water Running: 
  • Examples of Deep Water Running Exercises – Aerobic Content
  • Comparison between Deep Water & Land Running
  • Intensity Variables: Speed, Power Movements, Range Of Motion, Elevation
  • Teaching Deep Water Exercises
  • When to get in the water 

4  Hydrostatic and Hydrodynamic Principles

  • Some General Principles of Aqua Fitness: Specific Gravity, Archimedes Principle, Pressure, Measuring Pressure, Flow (Mass), Bernouilli’s equation (Energy), Momentum
  • Boyancy and Water
  • Pressure
  • Warm Up
  • Recovery
  • Winding Up An Exercise Session: Cool Down Stage, Muscle Conditioning Stage, Stretching Stage
  • More on Cool Down Stage
  • More on Muscle Conditioning
  • More on Stretching
  • Weight in Water
  • Body Alignment in Water
  • Knee Safety in Water
  • Training Heart Rate

5  Safety and Health

  • Exercises for Special Groups: Health Disorders, Aged, Overweight, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Fibromyalgia
  • Health and Safety
  • Pre-Exercise Screening Checklist: Sample Checklist
  • Contributory Negligence
  • Insurance
  • Occupational Health & Safety Legislation

6  Program Design

  • Requirements to Deliver an Appropriate Aqua Based Programe
  • A Typical Process of Program Design: Decide What the Aim of the Program Is, Building Strength in Specific Muscles, Building General Muscular Strength, Improving Flexibility, Relaxation, Duration of Sessions
  • Write Down What Should Be Done, In A Framework Of Time
  • Review
  • Examples of Types of Programs
  • Why Do We Have a Program in the First Place? 
  • A typical aqua exercise program
  • Introduction/Welcome
  • Warm Up Stage
  • The Mai Body of the Exercise Session: Levels of Intensity
  • Recovery
  • Concluding the Exercise Session
  • Cool Down Stage
  • Writing a Program Plan
  • Example of Structuring a Session Plan
  • An example of a Deep Water Running Program

Leadership and Participation

  • Leading the Class
  • When you Teach from the Pool
  • When you Teach from out of the Pool
  • When you Teach both in and out of the Pool
  • Introducing New People to Aqua Classes
  • Leadership Concepts
  • Qualities of a Professional Leader
  • Leadership Communication: Communicating, Ways of Getting Attention, Hints for Leading Activities
  • Common Communication Barriers: Enhancing Effective Communication, Self Esteem, Reinforcement, Body Language
  • Having the Appropriate Numbers of Students
  • Preparing For a Class
  • Tips For Running a Class

8  Log Book Project

  • The Aqua Fitness Log Book Project is structured to reinforce the study program by providing the student with a ‘hands on’ experience of the tasks normally performed by a registered Aqua Instructor. 


Some of what you will be doing during this Course
  • What would typical responses to exercising in water be, for each of the following:
    • A middle aged man who had done little exercise for the past ten years.
    • A young female adult who has been active in sport through high school and after school years.
    • An elderly lady who has had hip surgery in the previous few years.

Either visualise someone running or go and see someone in action (either on a track or on a treadmill in a gym). Explain the different forces on the runner as compared to someone in the water doing a similar exercise. Areas to consider include:

  • Gravity pressure
  • Sidewards pressure
  • Joint pressure
  • Speed.
  • In a manner similar to the way you answered question 2 of this lesson, compare the differences that occur between weight training and aqua training.
  • Go to an aquafitness location/provider and enquire from the managers or staff on how they select equipment. Do they select according to need, trend, function or price? Why do they select the equipment they have? What is the range of equipment they have available?
  • At the same location, ask about maintenance of other facilities. How often are they in need of cleaning, who does it, what equipment is used, etc?
  • Investigate any other equipment that can be used by aquafitness instructors that are not mentioned in this text. Where can they be purchased from? How much are they? What use have they? Try to obtain brochures.
  • Perform a range of aqua-exercises (eg. warm up, aerobic exercises and resistance) and a number of stretches covering all major body parts. Record your performance of these on VHS video. Submit the video to the school. The tape should be about 1 hour in length.
  • Observe an aquafitness session. Ideally you should obtain permission to visit a health club or gymnasium and observe a class. If held in a public pool, you might be able to make these observations without obtaining formal permission.
  • If a pregnant women came to your class right at the beginning and wanted to join in what would you say and do? Take for granted that she is relatively new to the centre.
  • List 10 important factors you need to consider when working with a group of children.


Course Info
How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
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