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Increasing the professionalism of aqua fitness

May 01, 2022 | by Network

With high demand for aqua fitness professionals, due in part to an expanding and increasingly diverse clientele, the fitness industry has unveiled a new aqua instructor skill set qualification.

Following three and a half years of consultation with AUSactive, SkillsIQ and other industry experts, the aqua fitness sector has launched a new instructor training program. The program provides a structured skill set to ensure instructors have appropriate professional qualifications to meet the increasing demand and ensure the safety of participants in the water.

Julie Stevens, CEO of Active Training, said “With aqua fitness proliferating in popularity across the country, instructor shortage is a significant issue. Therefore, the development of quality and qualified Aqua Instructors is more critical than ever. The new skill set will address this”.

Designed by Claire Barker-Hemings, Dominic Gili (Aqua Fitness Online), Annette Chatterton, and Julie Stevens (Active Training), the new instructor skill set comprises six units, including those in first aid, Workplace Health and Safety and Basic Water Rescue.

The remaining three units capture relevant information to enable aqua fitness instructors to deliver programs to a diverse range of participants successfully: Plan group water-based exercise sessions (SISFFIT038); Instruct group water-based exercise sessions (SISFFIT039); and Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective water-based activity (SISFFIT048).

The fitness industry registration body AUSActive has implemented a membership category specifically for holders of the Aqua Exercise Instructor skill set.

Chris Alexander, General Manager at AUSactive, said ‘The new streamlined skill set aims to meet the growth in industry demand for Aqua Exercise Instructors. These professional instructors contribute significantly to our vision of activating every body, every way, every day. AUSactive is encouraged by the engagement and proactive work of Active Training to support the aqua exercise sector”.

Source: Active Training

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