Thank you for the amazing courses and motivation. To this date the first CALA course I took in 2003 (I think that was the year) is my favourite fitness course I have ever taken, and was the one thing that really got me inboard and excited about fitness education and instructing - Thank you for designing such a great course.
I am thinking about taking the Aqua Infused Yoga in January in Ottawa- is it for cooler pools too? Yes you can modify as required for recreational pools.
"Hi Karl....before we get too far away
from the event, I just wanted to tell you
what a pleasure it was to meet you and how
much I enjoyed your presentations. I
especially appreciated your expertise, your
passion and your approachability :)
I think that you
managed to inspire quite a few people.....I'm hearing of several classes
where the non-verbal cueing was used last week. The instructors were
quite impressed....seems like that was something new for most of them to
I meant it when I asked
if you'd come back to Winnipeg....and I'd welcome any suggestions that
you might have for future workshops.
So thanks again....you
were just what the doctor ordered. Looking forward to a next time !"
Feedback about the quality of CALA Mentoring If
you are a new CALA Aquafit Instructor, contact CALA to discuss how you
can experience the value of their Mentoring Program. Mentoring is give
from the heart by current instructors to help new instructors as they
start their journey towards becoming CALA certified. Mentoring does not
end once Instructors are certified. Many instructors continuously
participate in other instructor's classes or have other instructors come
to their class and provide feedback. CALA is an Alliance. No one
instructors knows everything. As an Alliance the instructors can turn to
fellow instructors for guidance and answers to their questions. Together
CALA is strong because of the Alliance relationship.
If you would like to share your story,
please pass it along to CALA. CALA love to share success stories. Your
story can be about you, your facility or participants. CALA would like
to share our Certified Aquafit Instructors success stories. The Kopansky
Methodology is a total body holistic approach (Mind, Body & Spirit).
Charlene would love to share your memories and testimonials. If you have
a CALA success story that you would like to share, please send it along
to CALA firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission can be in text, video or pictures. Thank you for your
From Sylvia... December 2012...
I wanted to say a big
I have been teaching
aquafit for many, many years now and have followed all of the
trends/organizations in water training of course, including CALA.
I LOVE CALA - such a
professional approach to a beautiful mode of exercise. Over the years I
have been approached to teach on land and was certified to do so when I
was just starting out but the water is my first love and I really enjoy
leading my participants.
In the past
four years, every Wednesday and Thursday evening, I took one hour bus
ride from my Scarborough office to Goodlife to attend the aqua-fit class
taught by a very special instructor. My attendance record was
excellent. She has a solid knowledge about teaching aqua-fit. Her
strong knowledge enabled her to teach new things nearly every class.
Also, she customized the exercise to feed the needs of the people
attending the class. For beginners, she taught the basic skills. For
the advanced ones, she taught the more challenging exercise. She was
also patient in teaching. She showed compassion to the seniors. She
had the magic to motivate her learners to do their best in the one hour
class. She explained the rationale behind each movement to enable
learners to focus on the body part while doing it.
"Hello Charlene & Karl,
It makes me feel so
proud to have met my goal in achieving my CALA Aqua Yoga Certification.
I look forward to
integrate the Aqua Yoga flow of movement & poses with grace and fluidity
into my aqua fusion classes. It was an awesome Journey that took my
“Breath’ away and brought it back ‘Alive’ & ‘Reborn’ again!
For all the hard work
it took, it was definitely worth it!
Many thanks to’ Karl
Notargiovanni’ for sharing his knowledge and expertise in introducing Aqua
Yoga to all CALA Leaders & Trainers.
Charlene leading the new CALA Ultimate Aqua Muscle & Core (HydroRevolution
- AquaLogix Equipment) workshop in Mississauga
Hello CALA Enthusiasts,
Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon workshop experience. The
time really flew by for me and I had fun! The questions and creative
ideas were wonderful and set a fabulous tone for the workshop. Many
thanks to Ann and Lisa and Mark for helping out at the event. And
special thanks for Linda Northcott for managing to book this workshop at
Malton Community Centre.
Contact CALA if you would like to book an Aquafit Workshop of
Certification Course at your facility.
offers customized workshops to meet your needs. Hybrid (theory through
zoom and practical onsite).
Charlene presented and exceptional and important Older Adult Functional
Movement Workshop in Mississauga this weekend.
Participants took away new ideas to to implement into their classes and
an new insight into working with older adults.
Contact CALA if you would like to bring this workshop to your facility.
Older Adult Functional Movement Workshop
It’s all about strength, balance, coordination, mobility, & gait
training to enable participants to age with vim & vigour. Learn how to
build confidence & elevate self-esteem while motivating seniors to take
charge of their health & well wellbeing.
Experience Aqua Infused Yoga poses to add to your classes. Move from
chest deep to deep water or remain in one depth.
Use your VWT Training Manual that you received as part of your training
course to find answers to you basic questions. It is a great
Your GAF manual is your guide to assembling class plan.
CALA OFFERS PRIVATE
CUSTOMIZED Education including Hybrid ZOOM + on site training.
agenda for a customized Hybrid Private Site Course includes active
theory on ZOOM and active practical application of the theory in a
facility pool and studio/classroom.
CALA encourages Facilities to establish in-house customized training for
their staff and community members. CALA is able to deliver a wide
variety of accredited continuing education workshops and specialty
certification programs including, Aqua Personal Training, Aqua Pre-Post
Natal, Group Aqua Fitness, Water Running, Aqua Kick Box, Aqua Infused
Yoga, Ai Chi, HydroRider, Healing Waters: Aquatic Post Rehabilitation,
Liquid Barré, Aqua Matt and Ai Chi. The CALA Foundations of Vertical
Water Training Course (VWT) is the pre-requisite for all specialty
Customized CALA Education will create a Centre of Excellence in your
community. Your team of CALA Certified Instructors will share their
expertise in both chest deep and deep water classes for all levels of
fitness and all ages. Become a magnet for your community members by
enticing a variety of people to explore the diverse Aquafitness class
offerings that your facility will offer.
can CALA help your community experience the joy of movement?
The CALA holistic philosophy "encourages the mind to discover, the body
to move and the spirit to soar". Let's work together to create an
amazing, dedicated team of instructors who inspire the community to
pursue health and happiness.
Thank you very much for being my instructor. You are very thorough and
detailed and at the same time are so encouraging and make it fun. Learned
so much. It is the little things that count. I am so happy that I passed,
you can't even imagine! Thank you!
I appreciate your comments and happy that you can see how much I love
aquafit and the participants. It is good for my soul and my body!
I have been incorporating some Yoga into my classes already and can't wait
to do the course with you!! I hope you have time to enjoy this summer and
that your move is just what you dreamed of.
Reflecting on CALA Events of past
Charlene Kopansky was recognized as
Women of Influence
Sharing Passion with Purpose
Reflecting on CALA's Past
Mo Hagan presenting Charlene
with her award
practice deck safety when you return to your pool.
are available through CALA. Contact CALA to discuss price and availability.
Hydrorevolution discount code is “CALA”.
Discount code valid for CALA members only.