Aqua Instructor

Course Overview

Course Name
Aqua Instructor
Qualification Outcome
Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30313)
Study Mode
On campus

Students get to learn about the various styles of aqua classes and workouts in shallow and deep water. They will also be taught the foundations of aqua instruction, including techniques for modifying exercise, to suit a wide range of fitness levels and capabilities, plus how to design and plan an effective class through exercise selection, music, equipment and teaching methodologies.

On a practical level students will develop skills for in and out of the pool environment, including demonstration techniques, vocal projection, verbal and non-verbal cueing, plus class organisation.

This course can be taken as a Certificate III in Fitness as an Aqua Instructor, added to the Master Trainer program as a specialisation, or taken as a standalone program for those who already have achieved a recognised fitness qualification.

Who Should Attend?
  • Those with an interest for training in water environment
  • Those with confidence in both shallow and deep water
  • Those with the desire to add variety and another income stream to their role as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor or Fitness Instructor
  • Those with a natural flair for energising and motivating others
  • Those with a talent and/or experience working with groups and helping others as participants often have special requirements
  • Those with a passion for music and movement
Why Should I Do The Course?

Aqua fitness is a small but significant component of the fitness industry, offering a training modality that is crucial for the health and fitness for some individuals, particularly those who are unable to train on land.

As a result, the demand for aqua instructors is high, while job prospects are considered to be positive.

Your Coaches

The Institute has been training aqua instructors for over 30 years. Our qualified team of Aqua Coaches is a select group of professionals that is passionate about aquatic exercise and between them they have many years of experience teaching a range of aqua classes.

Their objective is simple: to create a learning environment that not only energises and inspires you to be the best you can be, but also sets you up for success.

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Alison Trenamen

"My experience at the Australian Institute of Fitness was so rewarding! If it’s your dream you should follow it!"

Alison Trenamen

Institute graduate, Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist

Aqua Instructor

Course Information

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course, students must have an interest in fitness, be over 16 years old and meet the Institute’s acceptance criteria.

Training and Assessment

Sessions are delivered over intensive three days, with a range of take-home assessment tasks to complete. The course culminates in a practical assessment that allows you to showcase your skills as a future Aqua Instructor.

  • Different styles of aqua classes
  • Mechanics of music for exercise in water
  • Exercise selection and instruction
  • Modifications for special populations
  • Safety in the water environment, and in groups
  • Teaching skills: voice projection and positioning
  • Methods of creating safe and effective sequences
  • Systemised instructional techniques
  • Designing and delivering an aqua class/workout
  • Motivation and group dynamics
  • Using equipment, such as noodles and dumbbells
  • How to acquire classes as a new instructor

Units of Competency

Certificate III in Fitness

Print Table
Competency Code Competency Title Training Package
Core (10 units of competency)
SISFFIT301A Provide fitness orientation and health screening Fitness
SISFFIT302A Provide quality service in the fitness industry Fitness
SISFFIT303A Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to exercise delivery Fitness
SISFFIT305A Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a fitness context Fitness
SISFFIT306A Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines Fitness
SISXFAC207 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation equipment for activities Fitness
SISXIND101A Work effectively in sport and recreation environments Fitness
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies Fitness
SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities Fitness
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Fitness
Electives - General (2 units of competency)
SISFFIT311A Deliver approved community fitness programs Fitness
SISFFIT313A Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescents Fitness
Electives - Specialisation: Aqua Instructor (3 units of competency)
SISFFIT304A Instruct and monitor fitness programs Fitness
SISFFIT310A Plan and deliver water-based fitness activities Fitness
SISXCAI306A Facilitate groups Fitness

Ready for the challenge?

Take the first step towards your fitness career today.

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Career Opportunities

  • Aqua Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Group Fitness Instructor
John Noble

"We hold aqua classes for our older client base, and for these we’re looking for quality Aqua Instructors who are empathetic."

John Noble

State Director at Goodlife Health Clubs

Ready for the challenge?

Take the first step towards your fitness career today.

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