Post COVID-19 Recovery: Implications and Program Adaptations for Aqua Professional
Patricia Benjamin Med.
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People who have had COVID show signs of debilitating fatigue, that may linger for several weeks and even months post recovery. Although tests no longer indicate they have the virus, most still suffer from symptoms of fatigue, and an intermittent cough for days, weeks, even months afterwards. Even those affected with mild symptoms are surprised by the slow recovery to a “healthy” normal. As Aquatic Professionals we will have many challenges before us, especially in a post Covid-19 pandemic recovery. Working with and coaching those in differing stages of recovery will require informative decision making regarding our programming.   The following are some implications and aquatic adaptations for us to consider when programming, teaching and coaching those clients. 

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Pre-requisite:  Closed event for CALA Certified Aquafitness Instructor only with a current CALA membership.

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Congratulations you passed your VWT exam.
That's great news, thanks Charlene. I actually just started chapter one and looking forward to reading it right through to the end, with better insight now i feel like I'm getting to know myself better along the way particularly my own anatomy, thank you so much Charlene for creating VWT and CALA, I'm so glad to be a part of like minded people with in CALA organization.
 I am so looking forward to presenting and representing CALA holism and the healing properties of Water for myself my community and the world!

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On March 29, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new, temporary PHO restrictions intended to help stem the current exponential increase in COVID-19 transmission rates. 
These new restrictions are in place now until midnight on April 19, 2021 and affect our sector with the immediate pause on Indoor Adult Group Fitness. This means that there may be no indoor group classes. The only indoor activity that our Fitness Leaders may offer is training one-on-one people in individual workouts, and leading aquafit classes.
All indoor group exercise in any setting, except aquafit, is prohibited until April 19 at 11:59 pm.
Outdoor group fitness classes at all intensity levels is still permissible, with groups limited to 10 people with physical distancing of 3 metres between participants.
Gyms and recreation facilities that offer individual workouts and personal training sessions (single person in 1:1 sessions) can remain open as long as they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that is strictly followed. Similarly, outdoor group fitness class leaders must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Refer to BCRPA’s March 30 Restriction Period Physical Distancing Guide for a summary of distance requirements.
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posted April 2, 2021

Charlene has been in communication with various aquatic facility managers across Canada. During the communication, the following message is coming across loud and clear…

There will not be enough CALA certified instructors to lead the aquafitness and healing waters classes on offer.

Time to get certified and/or recertified to ensure you are first in line for jobs that we all hope will be available in the near future.

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Hope you enjoy this recording … Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah  performed by Oakville Choral.
Jane Ohberg, a CALA Certified Members
 A year ago, I never thought that later in the year, I would take part in a virtual choir! Amazing how technology can bring singers together for weekly virtual choir practises … how you can create your own “at home recording area” ….and finally after multiple (!!) attempts, submit a video recording for the tech wizards to bring everyone together!

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Aqua Fit for Seniors Location :
Lachine (Québec) 
Chartwell Belvederes Lachine

We are looking for a fun, enthusiastic CALA Certified AquaFit instructor for our seniors!

Two classes of 45 minutes each. Back-to-back. How many times per week: Double classes once a week or twice a week, depending on your availability.

Start date: As soon as possible!

If you are interested, please feel free to send an email to:  Or call and leave a message at 514-639-7776 x 561



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The new ZOOM session were announced February 5, 2021

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During these times, it will be a great opportunity for your participants to learn the theory behind exercising in water. It will help the participants understand: the benefits of each exercise, muscles and joints used for each exercise, proper form and understand the magical properties of water.

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Yes Fitness Music
Breaking News. All CALA Instructors receive a 25% discount on music orders (excluding unlimited App subscriptions).
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