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Aqua Fitness 100 hours Certificate Course
Learn About Aqua Fitness
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 WaterPolo. 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 persons 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.
Course Structure: Aquafitness BRE207
There are 8 lesson:
- 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), Bernouillis equation (Energy), Momentum
- Boyancy and Water
- Warm Up
- 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
- 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
- Examples of Types of Programs
- Why Do We Have a Program in the First Place?
- A typical aqua exercise program
- Warm Up Stage
- The Mai Body of the Exercise Session: Levels of Intensity
- 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
7 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 thestudent with a hands on experience of the tasks normally performed by a registered AquaInstructor.
Aims: Aquafitness BRE207
- An understanding of how aquafitness activities differ from other fitness activities.
- Skills and knowledge which will aid in the selection, use and management of equipment and facilities required for aquafitness activities.
- An understanding of a wide range of different aerobic and anaerobic movements that can be used in aquafitness programs.
- An understanding of the principles underlying the design of an appropriate aquafitness program.
- An understanding of the aquafitness training requirements of special needs groups.
- Skills in the design and delivery of appropriate aqua based programs to improve/maintain aerobic fitness.
- An understanding of skills that will enable better leadership of an aqua fitness session.
Practical (Set Tasks)
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
- 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.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: email@example.com
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,