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Instructor, Trainer and Assessor Certification Courses

A Showcase of CALA Aquafit Certification Courses and Trainer and Assessor Certification

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Due to our innovative and trend-setting style, new courses are constantly being developed and added.  Attending courses enables aspiring leaders, current leaders, personal trainers, coaches and participants to learn new information and to earn CALA CECs (Continuing Education Credits) and credits with many organizations.

If you are interested in hosting an educational event please contact the CALA.

  1. Become a CALA Aquafit Instructor

Required:  Get your CALA Instructor Certification First
(see below for details)

To get your Instructor Certification you must:

  1. First complete the Vertical Waters Training Course pre-requisite.
  2. Once you have completed the  Vertical Waters Training VWT you will choose a specialty course

CECs are offered for all CALA Training Events except the initial taking of the Vertical Waters Training.

 
  1. Become a CALA Trainer

Once you are an experienced CALA Instructor you may choose to join the CALA Training Team and become a:

CALA Certified Trainer  
Conduct workshops and certification courses

CALA Practical Assessor
Assess persons taking practical CALA certification and mark written exams

CALA Mentor
(Mentors are always needs to help develop new instructors to their highest quality instructor potential.


 Instructor Certification

  1. Pre-requisite Course

  • Vertical Waters Training (required) pdf

    The Foundations of Vertical Water Training (VWT) Course is 20 hours in length and sets the stage for you to choose one or more specialty certifications. Refer to the above is a flow chart.

    Once the VWT pdf course and an open book theory exam are completed, you are eligible to proceed to the specialty certification of your choice.

  1. CALA Aquafit Specialty Certification Courses (see table below for assessment requirements)

You can choose from all or any one of the following Specialty Courses once you have the Pre-requisite Vertical Water Training course

Path 1

  • Group Aqua Fitness (GAF) pdf
    Most people choose to get their certification in Group Aqua Fitness. This is another 20 hour course and in order to achieve certification as a GAF instructor, you will need to do a 30 minute practical assessment (a mini class) and complete an assignment.

  • Water Running/Jogging  pdf

  • Kick Box pdf

  • Introduction to Aquafitness pdf

  • Yoga pdf

  • Hydro Rider pdf

In development:

  • Personal Training

  • Older Adults

  • Aqua Kids

  • Pre/Post Natal

Path 2

  • Aqua Post-Rehabilitation Program
    (This program consists of two compulsory course: Healing Power and Introduction to Therapy, and other specialty courses offered over an extended period of time): 

    • Healing Power (compulsory)

    • Introduction to Therapy (compulsory)

Other Specialty Post-Rehabilitation Courses in development

  • Aqua Arthritis 

  • Aqua Back Splash 

  • Aqua Joint Rehabilitation 

  • Aqua Sports Injuries 

  • Aqua Cardiac Rehabilitation 

  • Aqua Breast Cancer 

  • Aqua Osteoporosis 

  • MVA Rehabilitation 

The CALA Healing Waters Program is designed to provide high quality, current, research based training and certification in common concepts and water exercise for specialized populations. Selected specialty workshops will be on offer in the following areas of interest:

  • Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Post Burn

  • Post Cardiac

  • Osteoporosis

  • Sports Injuries

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Back Care and Whiplash

  • Post Stroke and Brain Injury

  • Degenerative Neuromuscular Conditions (including Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s)

Once you are CALA certified you will need to do the following:

1) Maintain your membership status on an annual basis
2) Attend 8 hours of workshops or other specialty courses. Note: If you attend more than 8 hours of workshops, you can bank your extra credits (CECs) and use them for future recertification. You never lose the credits that you earn. If you are unable to attend workshops or a conference, you can petition for CECs by attending other events that are related to fitness
3) Pay a recertification fee

Note:  If the course you are looking for is not listed, contact CALA to discuss your course requirements.

 


Pre Requisite for all Specialty Certifications 
Vertical Water Training (VWT) The Charlene Kopansky Method and Current CALA membership

CALA offers 2 Specialty Certification Directions

Path 1
Healthy and Functioning Participants: Regular Programs
Path 2
Post Rehab and Unhealthy or Low Functioning Participants: Healing Waters Program

Path 1 Healthy Functioning - Regular Programs

CALA Foundations of Vertical Water Training (VWT): The Charlene Kopansky Method
• 20-24 hours - Pre-Requisite VWT Course:
• Open Book Theory Exam : 2.5 hours
• Includes Active Theory and Practical Application through Experiential Learning
Choose one or more of the following CALA Specialty Certifications: 16-20 hours each (16-20 CECs)
Certification Requirements for each Specialty:
Must complete VWT open book theory exam
GAF
Group Aquafit

Assignment
Must be submitted to CALA assessor, prior to practical assessment

Practical Assessment
Teach a 30 minute mini-aqua fitness class including warm up; workout (cardio and muscle conditioning) and stretch cool down

WR
Water Running

Theory Exam
Open Book Theory Exam & Case Study: 1.5 hours

Practical Assessment
Teach a 30 minute mini water running / aqua jogging class including warm up; workout and stretch cool down

AKBOX
Aqua Kick Box

Theory Assignment
Submit assignment to assessor before completing practical assessment

Practical Assessment
Teach a 30 minute mini aqua kick box including warm up; workout and stretch cool down

APPN
Aqua Pre/Post
Natal

Currently under revision

HYDRO
Hydro
 Rider

Theory Exam
Multiple choice open book theory exam included in the course time.

Practical Assessment
The HydroRider Practical Assignment: HydroRider Sample Class Plan and a draft of this assignment is completed during the course time as well.

AOA
Aqua for
Older
Adults

Currently under revision

APT
Aqua
Personal
Training

Currently under revision

 

AYogaLinerar
Aqua Yoga
Linerar
ME***

Assignment
TBD

Practical Assessment
TBD

Assignment (Class Plan + 30 MINUTE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT (INCLUDING ALL ASPECTS OF A SESSION)
***Aqua Yoga - Unique Theory / Practical Assessments

Path 2 Post Rehab & Unhealthy or Low Functioning Participants: Healing Waters Programs

Pre-requisite 1

CALA Foundations of Vertical Water Training (VWT): The Charlene Kopansky Method
• 20-24 hours - Pre-Requisite VWT Course:
• Open Book Theory Exam : 2.5 hours
• Includes Active Theory and Practical Application through Experiential Learning

Pre-requisite 2
• CALA
Introduction to Healing Waters:
• 16 hours - Pre Requisite HW-INTRO Course:
• Includes Active Theory and Practical Application through Experiential Learning
Theory Exam
• Open Book Theory Exam & Case Study : 1.5 hours
Choose one or more of the following CALA Healing Waters:
• Speciality Certification 8-20 hours each
• Note: The following Healing Waters Specialty Certification Courses are under consideration
AA
Healing Waters:
Aqua Arthritis and Joint Disorders

Theory Exam
Open Book Theory Exam & Case Study: 1.5 hours

Practical Assessment
Teach a 30 minute mini aqua arthritis class including warm up; workout and stretch cool down

HW
HYDRO
Healing Waters:
HydroRider

Theory Exam
Multiple choice open book theory exam included in the course time.

Practical Assessment
The HydroRider Practical Assignment: HydroRider Sample Class Plan and a draft of this assignment is completed during the course time as well.

HW:
APT
Healing Waters:
Personal
Training

In development

 

HW:
LBP
Healing Waters:
Lower Back Pain

In development

 

HW:
FALLS
Healing Waters:
Falls Prevention

In development

 

HW:
ASI
Healing Waters Program: Aqua Sports Injury:
 

In development
 

Under consideration: Research and Developing
Cardiovascular Diseases •  Pulmonary Diseases • Metabolic Diseases •  Immunological and Hemotogogical Disorders •  Orthopaedic Diseases and Disabilities •  Neuromuscular Disorders •  Cognitive Psychological and Sensory Disorder •  Post Burn

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