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There is always a need for Full Time Instructors or Part Time Instructors as the fitness industry is growing on a daily basis.

Instructors are expanding and changing their career options with both Water and Land fitness.

The one thing WaterART Fitness understands is that there seems to never be enough Qualified & Certified Instructors. With that said instructors are all ages, fitness levels, and come from a variety of educational and/training backgrounds including: retired teachers, nurses, fitness participant, swimmer, lifeguard or simply new and interested. There is no perfect background for an instructor; however, if you are interested and passionate about helping people to improve their health and well-being, then this could be a great career option to choose.

Everyone learns uniquely. Most instructors need more practical applications to fully comprehend the process.

All Certification programs involve a good balance of both theory education and practical teaching skills. They all have unique manuals, reference cards, study guide questions and answers as well as excellent videos to supplement visual learning.

All courses are for INDIVIDUAL USE ONLY. Each person must purchase their own course or onsite materials for certification. 

Exams must be completed in your own time within (4 months for Onsite Training) / (6 months for Home Study). There are late penalty fees after this date and after a year we no longer take the exam submission. 

The Goal of our WaterART Fitness Training Programs

  • Help Instructors provide safe and appropriate exercise inventory

    For your information, the groups that typically show up for exercise class may be a very diverse population with a huge range of ages, skills and health histories and medical issues. The goal is to train the instructor to monitor and regulate intensity level so that all participants are trained at their personal best (not too much or too little intensity). We provide a system of teaching basic moves that can provide multi-level programming with progressions and modifications.

  • Offer more specialized training for programs

    In addition to the Comprehensive Land and H2O Instructor certification, WaterART also offers more specialized training for programs such as Arthritis, Movement Disorders, Mind Body, the Senior Population, Kids, Post-Rehabilitation and Personal Training. This allows the professional to deliver appropriate programming for the clients that require special attention as well as being able to offer a wider variety of classes. Teaching general group exercise requires different responsibilities, skills and education compared to more specialized training. We do recommend that new instructors begin with comprehensive training.

  • Safety first

    WaterART recommends that all fitness candidates start at the basic Instructor level to learn the foundation of exercise science design. All instructors must achieve emergency safety qualifications prior to becoming full qualified. Candidates may take the course and complete these requirements after the course or training. For water certification candidates may also utilize their life-guarding qualifications for emergency safety. Note, life-guarding qualifications do not qualify candidates to teach water exercise. Realize employers may require different emergency safety standards (Standard versus basic emergency safety) so we recommend to also check with them.

Career Options

Certified Fitness Instructors may work in many styles of both public and private locations.

  • Community Centers
  • City Parks and Recreation Centers,
  • Condominiums,
  • Private clubs,
  • Schools,
  • JCC,
  • YMCAs,
  • YWCAs Corporations,
  • as well as you may specialize and work pools in private homes. 

There are really endless opportunities.

How Do I Get Started In The Fitness Industry?

Check out the fitness facilities in your area and get to know their programs.

  • Take part in a wide variety of fitness classes.
  • Decide what type of fitness interests you the most. If teaching fitness doesn’t keep your interest you won’t enjoy teaching
  • Volunteer your services.
  • Talk to class participants, find out their goals and/or needs for a program.
  • Talk to facility directors, instructors, personal trainers find out if they will help you with training.

Where Can I Look For A Job?

  • All community centers, condominiums, private clubs, YMCAs, YWCAs, Spas and Golf clubs may have fitness facilities and pools that offer job opportunities.
  • Check out your local fitness facilities looking for group instructors.
  • Check bulletin boards for people looking for a personal trainer.
  • Large companies with fitness centers, vacation centers, hotels, and cruise ships
  • Check out Job Postings

How To Become Certified?

To become certified each candidate is required to complete both theory and practical sections of the exam with a passing grade of 75% for each segment.

Instructors may become certified and qualified either via Onsite educational (you do training at a scheduled location guided by a Certified WaterART Master Trainer) or Home Study/Online Education (at home with self learning techniques).

The examination process is the same whether you complete onsite or via home study education or a combination of both learning methods. 

What Do The Industry Standards Require?

Industry standards require that all instructors be certified and qualified by an approved organization such as WaterART Fitness. 

Exercise Safety and liability protection is the most important reason to achieve Certification. Instructors who achieve Certification are eligible for insurance and liability protection.

Do I Need To Become Certified Before I Start Teaching?

  • Definitely YES

  • Realize that it is extremely important to become certified for the type of fitness you will be teaching. (land or water, group or personal training, specialty training versus general training)

  • For instance: if you are only interested in group instruction for healthy people then a general certification may be adequate.

  • If you plan to advance to teach in a specialized area such as for an Arthritis or Rehabilitation Program, or decide to offer personal training then you need to upgrade your certification for that specific area. Never claim to be knowledgeable in an area of fitness for which you have not received Certification. Also, assume jumping into a post rehabilitation or personal trainer position will require advanced knowledge – so if you don’t know the foundation (the Instructor program) then completing the examination process will become exponentially impossible unless you purchase the DVD Tutorial programs to supplement your education.

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