Aqua Exercise Instructors play an integral role in preventative health and fitness, supporting many Australians to keep active. The new industry guidelines, a first for AUSactive, are designed to assist aqua facilities with best practice standards or implement risk management strategies for the safe and effective delivery of aqua exercise classes.The launch of inaugural Aqua Exercise Instructor (AEIs) Guidelines will streamline the industry and help further develop aqua fitness as a reputable form of physical activity.The Aqua Exercise Guidelines provide:
- Clear and concise guidance for aqua programmers to grow and expand their services withconfidence
- AEIs with the knowledge that they are an important part of, and have support from health, fitnessand aquatic agencies
- Acknowledgement that the aqua sector is ‘back in the pool’ and is fully aligned with the Health & Fitness industry.
AUSactive General Manager, Standards and Development, Chris Alexander said the new Aqua Exercise Instructor Guideline highlights how AEIs and their employers can deliver best practice standards.“ Many Australians choose the aquatic environment for their physical activity. In many cases it’s a low impact option for patrons, however the right tailored class can challenge athletes to also improve their cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance,” Mr Alexander said.
“Providing a set guideline for the right skillset and qualifications standards will help to streamline our offering. Aqua is an enjoyable alternative to land-based fitness and for many of our clients, it’s the only option to them to keep active.”Aqua industry expert and consultant, Jennifer Schembri-Portelli outlines, “Safety, compliance, programming and technical aptitude was at the forefront in developing the guidelines. When facilities work together with the skilled instructor the result is that of customer satisfaction to an inclusive and diverse market.”The Aqua Exercise Instructor Guidelines cover:
- Qualifications, Education and Competency
- Risk Management
- Planning, Programming and Delivering
For other health and fitness industry standards, guidelines or policies visit https://ausactive.org.au/exercise-guidelines