Our school is proud to bring Aquafitness skills into the repertoire of skills of fitness professionals!
Key Details About This Course:
- you will understand how aquafitness can be used as a strategy for rehabilitation after an injury or illness
- you will develop skills as a health, fitness or sports professional
you will learn how to control the environment for a safer method of aerobic and strength training
- the serious athlete will improve performance
- you can access quality materials when it suits you – study is flexible
- you access expert in this field – bounce your ideas around and learn through connection
- you can work towards a higher level of study or add to your current knowledge base as professional development recognition
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
The course comprises 7 lessons as follows:
Definition of aqua fitness and therapy and how it differs from other fitness activities. Encompasses the different stages of a fitness session and the management of an aquatic center
2. Equipment and Facilities
The aim of this lesson is to gain the skills and knowledge which will aid in the selection, use and management and facilities required for aqua fitness activities. Includes pool position, design and depth, equipment required for aqua fitness activities, music and first aid requirements.
3. Types of Exercises
This lessons gives an understanding of the wide range of different aerobic and anaerobic movements that can be used in aqua aerobic programs. Lesson content includes stretching, aerobic and anaerobic principles and exercises in both shallow and deep water.
4. Hydrostatic and Hydrodynamic Principles
The aim of this lesson is to develop an understanding of the principles underlying the design of an appropriate aqua fitness program. Includes definitions of pressure, weight and body alignment in water, warming up, recovery and cool down.
5. Safety and Health
This lesson gives an understanding of the aqua fitness training requirements of special needs groups. Includes pregnancy, safety and health requirements, pre-exercise screening checklists, liability and legislation.
6. Program Design
This lesson provides skills in the design and delivery of appropriate aqua based programs to improve and maintain aerobic fitness. Includes program aims, warm up, the exercise body, recovery and cool down examples, as well as intensity levels.
7. Leading a Program
This lesson gives an understanding of skills to provide better leadership qualities during an aqua fitness session. Covers leadership concepts, teaching, communication, body language and student numbers.
BEFORE YOU START EXERCISING IN WATER
A person is more susceptible to the following injuries if they exercise without warming up first:
Warming up does the following:
- It gets the muscles moving and in doing so begins to lubricate the joints
- It gently stretches the muscles conditioning them for more vigorous movements to follow.
- It increases the heart rate and respiration slowly which is safer than a rapid increase.
- Blood flow is increased
This warm up can be achieved by any gentle movement such as walking, either in or out of water, gradually increasing the intensity or effort, and ensuring that a wide variety of muscles in all parts of the body are moving.
There are five aspects to the warm up:
1. The overall body temperature is increased by overall general movement such as running or jumping. The heart rate should be increased gradually and sustained at a raised level for perhaps 5 minutes. The intensity and duration of this part of the exercise will depend upon the individual’s level of fitness and the environmental conditions It can take longer to warm up if exercising in colder water
2. Major muscle groups should be utilised first then smaller groups.
3. Blood flow to specific areas may need to be increased during warm up. The muscles are then targeted, and the importance of this will depend on the condition of the individual and the purpose of the exercise session. If exercise is being undertaken for therapy of an injury in the arms, then prescribed arm exercises might be important during this warm up stage.
4. The muscles which are to be involved in the exercise session should be stretched gradually. The range of exercises prescribed in this warm up stage should ideally encompass comfortable stretches – each for at least 20 seconds duration.
5. The joints which are to be involved in the exercise session should be moved gently at first. Extend intensity and range of movement gradually.
So ... why should you study this course?
Learn about aquafitness as therapy.
Develop and expand your professional skills.
Truly understand the selection, use and management of appropriate facilities.
Apply concepts of leadership and how to apply these
Improve your communication skills
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