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Aquatic Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification

GENERAL EXERCISE versus SPORTS CONDITIONING PROGRAMS

 

We all know that commitment to an exercise regime is the key to a healthy lifestyle and that there are more benefits than risks for choosing to exercise. In a regular aquatic class, an instructor usually finds the group comprised of people of all ages and physical conditions. There can be a variety of fitness skills from the beginner through to the high level athlete.   So why are some people not achieving an optimal performance in the water? This may be because too often only group exercise programs are offered or the one size fits all approach.

 

In a "regular" group program everyone is cued to go at their own pace and perform the exercises to reflect their ability. Here, one of the most challenging tasks is attempting to train every participant to perform correct technique to achieve their individual goals using the same exercises. Although exercises can be programmed for progression to increase the intensity, expecting everyone to follow instruction is not a realistic. While some people will get a good workout, some will never reach their potential because they come more for the camaraderie than the motivation and are happy with the format. Additionally, the variance in age levels (chronologically and physiologically) as well as skill levels (non swimmer & swimmer) makes it difficult to help individuals achieve optimal performance.

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THE SERIOUS EXERCISERS?

These are the people who are coming to the water looking for a program offering a higher intensity level as cross training for a specific land sport or to increase their present fitness levels. They need a specific program that is sufficiently challenging to achieve these goals.

 

A Sports Conditioning Training Program can be developed to help the people gain the most out of their time in the water.Studies show that water training may effectively maintain and/or improve athletic performance. Water offers specific training for sports by providing variable resistance training, superior cardiovascular challenge, improved flexibility and overall core stabilization.

  

SPORTS CONDITIONING IN THE WATER FOR SUCCESS ON LAND.

What is A Sports Conditioning Program?

It is an effective workout which is easy to learn and requires no swimming skills. This vertical water fitness program combines the toning of weight training, the cardiovascular benefits of aerobics and the enhanced flexibility using buoyancy - all in one fat burning, high endurance workout. Water provides three dimensional resistances to tone and strengthen muscles. It is joint friendly and helps prevent and heal injuries.

 

Who May Benefit?  Everyone from the Elite athlete through to the Weekend Warrior.

  • Most athletes experience one or more injuries over the course of their career. Water exercise is an excellent non-impact medium for recovery and rehabilitation, while maintaining high endurance.

  • All athletes s are often subject to overtraining. Water offers an excellent mode of cross training in a three dimensional environment.

  • Where there are issues of decreased flexibility, especially in the lower back and hamstrings, deep water training helps to increase conditioning and flexibility to ALL parts of the body, especially the "core".

  • During severe or inclement weather ( heat or cold) when outdoor activities are restricted, water sports movement allows participants to maintain or even increase their endurance levels (increase VO2 max).

  • The increased resistance (three dimensional) of water can effectively target train and tone muscle weak or inflexible groups without causing undue stress in the joints.

  • Water Sports Exercise in a small group gives the participants the opportunity to establish group and individual goals in a competitive setting.

  • This workshop will review four full sports programs applicable to both group exercise and one-on-one training.

Programs you will Learn:
 

1) Aquatic Cycling Program -On land cycling classes have brought new participants into group exercise programs. Learn how to develop a water cycling class for deep-water programs using noodles or a buoyancy belt. Use your mind to train your body; use your heart to monitor your intensity. Adventure into the rhythmic movement of cycling and experience how a class will flow with the power of water.

2) Aquatic Running Program  have become a goal pursued by many individuals. The extreme training requirements for running often lead to injuries that undermine success. Experience the benefits of both shallow and deep-water training as part of a good cross training fitness regime. Unload the joints for safe training and use intervals sets to provide both the cardiovascular strength and the resistance training necessary for a successful marathon.

3) Aquatic Finning - The Ultimate Butt Burner Program is especially valuable for swimmers. Using training fins or flippers may be an excellent way to challenge your swimmers to try a class but this is anything but streamlining. You will target all of the major muscle groups through an advanced level of exercise inventory.   We will utilize kickboards, paddles, mitts and advanced techniques. This is not a class for a non-swimmer or someone who cannot flutter kick. 

4) Aquatic Boot Camp  Let's get fit with water training. This shallow water program will kick up the intensity up a notch and offer some no nonsense training programs. Add drills and high intensity moves with intervals of strength to challenge any athlete or create the warrior of the water.

5) Advanced (Killer) Cuffs -  are advanced buoyancy equipment that may be added to the legs for superior core and lower body work. This program requires advanced skills and strength and is for primarily deep water training. Additionally cuffs may be utilized on the arms as resistance or put together as a buoyancy belt.

6) Advanced Foam Dumbbells (or water weights) Working with foam dumbbells or weights may add a new dimension to any program. Learn the exercise physiology associated with designing programs for buoyancy assisted and resisted training. This program will review the necessary shoulder girdle mechanics and safety considerations for designing a safe, effective and advanced sports program.

7) Review a variety of Common Athletic injuries and how to rehabilitate these common overuse injuries using the protection and properties of the water.

 

Certification process:

  • You will have up to six months to complete the Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification exams (after the training date).

  • All theory certification exams are take home or applied theory.

  • You may choose to complete either a practical assessment via  a Master Trainer OR submit a  video ( USB stick or DVD)  of your class.

  • All candidates will be required to complete both a theory & practical assessment to become fully Certified and Qualified with this program.

  •  If you are already currently certified with WaterART, you receive a complimentary renewal and updated diplomas and more qualifications by completing this qualification. 

  • If your certification has expired (less than a year) or are new to WaterART, you will only be qualified in Sports Conditioning Specialist level when Certified. 

  •  Completing this level of qualification will automatically renew your existing qualifications for 2 years from the passing date of the newest exam. All dates will be the same for any levels of certification you achieve with WaterART Fitness.

 

 Registration fee for HOME STUDY Certification includes:

  • Sports Conditioning Specialist Manual

  • Study Guide Questions & Answers

  •  5 Laminated program cards to help you remember the DVD exercise inventory

  •  DVD042 - Advanced Buoyancy Cuffs

  •  DVD055 - Aquatic Cycling  

  • DVD056 - Deep H20 Running

  •  DVD067 - Boot Camp,

  • DVD021 - Finning

  • (note: should you have above DVDs any you may request other options). Other DVD's we recommend  are : DVD001,8, 17, 19, 20, 30,40,41,54, 60, 64,)

  • All candidates will be required to complete both a theory & practical assessment to become fully Certified and Qualified with this program.

  •  If you are already currently certified with WaterART, you receive a complimentary renewal and updated diplomas and more qualifications by completing this qualification. 

  • If your certification has expired (less than a year) or are new to WaterART, you will only be qualified in Sports Conditioning Specialist level when Certified. 

  •  Completing this level of qualification will automatically renew your existing qualifications for 2 years from the passing date of the newest exam. All dates will be the same for any levels of certification you achieve with WaterART Fitness.

 

Registration fee for ONSITE Certification includes:

  • Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification  Manual

  • Study Guide Questions & Answers DVD042- Advanced Buoyancy Cuffs

  • 5 Laminated program cards to help you remember the DVD exercise inventory

  • DVD055 - Aquatic Cycling

  • DVD056 - Deep H20 Training

  • DVD067 - Boot Camp

  • DVD021 - Finning

  • should you have above DVDs any you may request other options). Other DVD's we recommend  are : DVD001,8, 17, 19, 20, 30,40,41,54, 60, 64,

  • 8 hour training workshop,

  • Certificate of Course Completion,

  • All candidates must complete  both a theory & practical assessment within 6 months of purchase of the materials.

  • Practical assessements may be filmed on land but should illustrate a water specific advanced sports program. You may combine the modalities reviewed in the materials. Criteria for examination process is clearly itemized in the manual.

  • With successful complete of Certification, you receive Certification Diploma, wallet card and online profile  when successful,

  •   Automatic Certification Upgrade &  Renewal (for other WaterART qualifications) for two years from passing date .

 

Overview of Chapters (306 pages)

Welcome

General Information

Introduction

Advisory Board

Authors

Chapter 1

Sports Conditioning Goes To The Liquid Gym

Chapter 2

 

Program Applications & Design 

  • Cycling,  Boot Camp,  Finning,  Deep H20 Running,

  • Foam Dumbbells, Advanced Buoyancy Cuffs

  • Circuit & Intervals, 

Chapter 3 

Specifics for Cardiovascular training

Chapter 4

Specifics for Target Training

Muscular Endurance, Strength, Power/Plyometrics and Flexibility

Chapter 5 

Re- Training Posture and Balance for Injury Prevention

Chapter 6

Getting your Sports Conditioning Program Started

Chapter 7

Program Ideas for Individual & Group Sports

Chapter 8

Sports Injuries & The Healing Benefits of Water

Chapter 9

Answers to Study Questions

Student Handouts & Resources

Chapter 10

 

 

 

Certification Process

  • Theory Exam

  • How to complete practical ( onsite or DVD/video submission)

  • within 6 months


Aquatic Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification is a Comprehensive Certification that requires both a theory & practical assessment for all candidates. 

The Exam process is the same whether candidates completes home study or onsite training. All candidates will have up to six months after the training or purchase of the materials to complete the examination process. Click here for more details. Completing another level of qualification will automatically update your existing qualfications for two years from passing date of this program.


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