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New exercise skill set qualification released for rising aqua fitness sector

New exercise skill set qualification released for rising aqua fitness sector
May 10, 2022

Growing in popularity as it attracts a new legion of participants, a new instructor training program has been launched for aqua fitness.

Three and a half years in the making, this new program, developed in consultation with AUSactive, SkillsIQ and a range of industry input, provides a structured skill set program to ensure instructors have appropriate professional qualifications to meet the increasing demand and ensure the safety of participants in the water.

With increasing awareness of the benefits of low impact exercise for strength building, fitness and injury recovery, water-based fitness programs are in high demand. The sector is attracting young and old, with many top athletes incorporating water training and new tools such as aqua pole, spin bikes and drag resistance equipment alongside their traditional training programs.

Julie Stevens, Chief Executive of Active Training, who has been one of the drivers of the development of the program, states "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.”

Spearheaded by Claire Barker-Hemings, Dominic Gili, Aqua fitness Online, Annette Chatterton and Stevens, the new instructor units carefully consider creating a training program that reflects the industry's commitment to professionalism.

With the establishment of this program, AUSActive has implemented a membership category specifically for holders of the Aqua Exercise Instructor skill set.

As AUSactive General Manager, Chris Alexander explains “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.”

The skill set comprises six units and includes units in first aid, WHS and water rescue skills. The remaining three units capture relevant information to enable aqua fitness instructors to deliver programs to a diverse range of participants successfully.

A Registered Training Organisation (RTO 40276), South Australian-based Active Training has been delivering aquatics and fitness industry training since 2008, working with institutions including  Cornerstone College, Trinity College, Blakes Crossing Christian College, Pedare Christian College and Tyndale Christian School.

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Images courtesy of Active Training.

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