I am currently out of the country and I am ACE certified GF and Red Cross WSI.
Hello April Walker,
The best is what your potential employer will approve or what you feel will benefit your needs. Other than that, look for well accepted/partnered courses which will work with your current training/career needs.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I’m surprised how many online courses that there are for aqua fit! Perhaps google, like I did, and then read into the details of each cert so you can understand the price, the timing, and the renewal requirements of the cert. I didn’t go to that level of detail, but there seem to be several choices.
I googled: “aqua fitness certification online”
If your WSI and GFi certs don’t give you the background and ability to teach aquatic exercise, how can you feel a “distance learning” course without practical application and instruction can bridge that gap? Or are you getting the cert. to have the “paper” to fill a job requirement?
I do feel that an aquatic certification could be a good CEC for those without experience or looking to gain more experience. As a requirement for being an aquatic instructor, I feel it should be one of several options. Your WSI and Group Ex certs should be sufficient for teaching. Or a Group Ex and Lifeguard certs. Any “aquatic exercise” certification that doesn’t require their instructors to be certified Lifeguards at a minimum, would not meet the minimum of safety for working in an aquatic environment in my opinion.
The tests online that then allow you to immediately be “certified” if you pass after paying a fee cheat the professionals looking to learn.
I have been aquatic certified by AEA https://www.aeawave.com/ for almost 20 years. I know they have online certification now but also, prepare you for teaching real people. Having WSI isn’t applicable to Aqua fitness. I’ve also supervised many instructors and lifeguards. The best instructors I’ve worked with were also certified by this organization. They did not necessarily have lifeguard experience.
Thanks for the info I have looked in to aeawave and was not sure if it was a well accepted program or not, I also have looked into water art as well.
I am currently teaching AMP-IT (aquatic maximum power intense training)(a marine corp program in the pool) so I do have experience teaching Water exercise, however I wanted to round out my knowledge by getting a civilian certification for group water fitness as well, to use when we are not near a base or working in other pools.