Become an Aquatic Fitness Instructor

4 easy steps!

Turn your passion for fitness into an exciting career by becoming an aquatic fitness instructor. Help people reach their health and fitness goals and make healthy life choices to build stronger and healthier communities.

STEP 1: Aquatic Fitness Certification Course (32 hours)

The objective of this course is to teach fitness instructors how to lead safe, effective and dynamic aquatic fitness classes. Participants will learn about the following topics:

  • Class components;
  • Water properties and principles;
  • Basic movements;
  • Communication tools for class management;
  • Choreography techniques;
  • Guidelines for safe and effective classes;
  • Basic strength training;
  • Stretching and relaxation exercises.

STEP 2: Internship (5 hours)

Participants must complete a 5-hour internship before taking the practical exam. 

STEP 3: Heartsaver® CPR AED Certification

Participants must hold a valid Heartsaver® CPR AED with Child Module or with Child & Infant Modules in order to obtain their Aquatic Fitness Certification.

We highly recommend participants complete the CPR certification prior to taking the practical exam.

STEP 4: Practical Exam

Participants must pass a practical exam (by appointment with a YMCA FIT Trainer).

Price Information

This information applies to the 2020 session.

Description Members1 Non-members1
Aquatic Fitness2 (32 hours) $300 $345

Taxes not included.  F.I.T. manuals are included in the price. YMCA Members: 15% discount on regular price.
Basic Theory course is not required for Aquatic Fitness course.