"The Foundations of Vertical Water Training -
The Kopansky Method Pre-Requisite Course and the
Group Aqua Fitness Specialty Training and
Certification Course have been launched in Ontario
and Alberta thus far. All other provinces continue
to use the CALA Combined Foundations of Fitness
Theory and Aquafitness Leadership Training Course,
Part 1 & Part 2. Any person who has completed the
CALA Combined Foundations course, is not required to
complete the Vertical Water Training Course or the
Group Aqua Fitness Specialty Course."
is seen in every CALA Leader
Aquafitness leadership involves the integration of the
to design appropriate aquafitness classes (warm up,
work out, stretch and relaxation)
verbal and visual cueing skills
participants with a holistic leadership style
to accurately demonstrate and cue the CALA movement
to move and cue effectively to music
knowledge of aquatic exercise physiology
of anatomy required to analyze / design aquatic
to manipulate the Magical Properties of water in
aquatic exercise design
to honour and nurture yourself in your leadership
harmonize new knowledge and skills with the design and
delivery of aquafitness classes. Along the
way, ask your colleagues or a CALA mentor to
evaluate specific areas of your leadership. The
small risks you take as you work toward your goals can
result in outstanding progress.
aquafitness leader is a fitness professional trained
to teach class members to execute movements safely,
and effectively. This requires skillful
alignment, limb position, intensity options,
breathing and safety cues can all be demonstrated
well and seen clearly when the instructor is is
elevated and visible on deck.
leaders are trained to select movements appropriate
for the water. This ensures that the class is
purposeful and enjoyable. Leaders must
practice doing the moves in the water before leading
the class from the deck.
range of motion and intensity of movement are very
different on the land than they are for the
participants in the water. Trained leaders
understand these differences and demonstrate
movements from deck which are suitable for the
various ability levels in the aquafitness class,
choose music which is motivating and at the correct
speed for aquatic movement (118 - 124 bmp).
Tempo varieties which range from 2X tempo to 1/4
tempo will be selected and cued to suit the desired
movement speed and range of motion.
participant has different abilities and fitness
levels. On deck, the leader can clearly show
participants how to modify the movements and make the
workout harder or easier to suit individual needs.
assess how hard participants are working by
observing skin coloration, breathing rates and the
ability to talk.
leader works hard to lead safe, effective and
enjoyable classes for their participants.
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