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HOW TO COMPLETE THE LAND  INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION EXAMS

ONSITE – LAND ASSESSMENT - HOW TO DO PRACTICAL EXAM

You have 2 options for completing the practical assessment for certification. This should be submitted within 6 months of the training dates/or purchase of correspondence materials OR there is a $35.00 late fee. ( Include the fee with the exam) . After 1 year you will have to re-do the program.

1) submit a home video/DVD of your class (the class design is written out as part of the theory exam - we follow it along with your video/DVD submission)
2) book direct with an approved Master Trainer.

In this scenario, the person being assessed has to make it convenient for the assessor (i.e. probably go to their location) Each onsite assessment takes 20-30 minutes. It is not necessary for the Master Trainer to attend your whole program. You just have to complete the competencies. You book directly with them (hopefully you have someone in your area)

Report cards are then written for both theory & practical’s (and we email the report card to you). Once you are successful - you will receive an official diploma and WaterART Certified wallet sized card.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR THEORY EXAM WITH THE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT.

MAKING A PRACTICAL SUBMISSION FOR CERTIFICATION.
It is important that all Instructors are capable of teaching land class or program safely. Be able to offer suitable movements and modifications for all clients. Encourage  progress by adding progressions or options to make a workout more intense. A practical assessment is required to complete WaterART certification. Practical’s may also be given on site with a qualified Master Trainer ( the candidate goes to MT unless a date is scheduled). Here is an overview of what is expected for a practical submission either via VHS video or DVD.

Here are a few answers to FAQ’s that we receive by email or telephone
If the practical – Filming may be done with one person, family members or with a regular class at a center or in the comfort of your own home. We need to be able to see and hear the Instructor’s cueing and coaching tips. Place the camera where the Instructor and (preferably) some of the class can be seen working out. We do not need to see all the patrons/friends participating - however, it is great if they can follow the program.


Don’t place the camera right next to the sound system or a loud noise. We need to be able to HEAR you!

If you can not do a program at a facility you may teach a program at home, out doors – wherever – you have enough space.

Realize that the filming DOES NOT have to be “professional” filming quality. The “Professional” part of the practical video must be the instruction.
Teach with confidence (you may use cheat sheets but don’t refer to them for every move!!) give clear verbal instruction and good visual demonstration. Preferably teach from the deck but please get in the water from time to time to demonstrate, lead and motivate. If the participants can be seen, we are watching to see if they can follow your instruction easily and are executing the moves correctly. We are looking to see if you offer modifications for exercises and make corrections, when necessary, to posture, body alignment and synchronization of arm/leg movements.

The class to be DVD or VHS video should follow (as closely as possibly) the design as written out in your exam incorporating all components of fitness.

You may tape any class style that is suitable to the exam ( step, ball, muscular strength, martial arts, salsa, dance movements, low impact, chair etc OR a combination of these)

Warm Up Segment: Get people moving -use this opportunity to introduce yourself, get to know the students & know if there are any new comers or medical concerns. Always tell people to go at their own pace and to let you know if a movement or exercise is too hard. Use a suitable choice of basic moves– march, jog, step etc. Introduce rate of perceived exertion. Make sure the music “compliments “ the program. Use small and larger levers movements around the joints. Always state the exercise objective. Tell us why you are doing the movement and what benefits the participants should expect. (i.e. We are warming up to prepare the body for the exercise to come. The heart, lungs and joints need preparation)

Always, provide information on how to modify or progress the intensity or exercise.

You may mix and match cardio and muscular fitness or perform all the cardio then all the muscle sets - you decide the best "flow" of the program.

Muscular Conditioning: You may utilize any equipment – weights, bands, ball, tubing. Make sure you do enough repetitions to target the muscles. Always tell us what you are training and how you are doing the exercise. Name the muscle group you are working. Provide tips for success. State which muscle is being used and if it is being stretched OR strengthened. Focus on the weaker muscles for strengthening and all groups for stretching.

For Cardiovascular Segment – Focus on basic moves or combinations using the muscles of the lower body and synchronized with a variety of easy arm movements. You may utilize step, ball, walking, cycling, or whatever class format you like. Demonstrate a variety of combinations. Add travel patterns with good cues so everyone may follow. Check that everyone is in their target or rate of perceived exertion zone.  
 
Make sure each person can do each exercise correctly before increasing the difficulty or resistance. Never sacrifice ROM for speed!!!! Use equipment only if the participant is capable and YOU know how to use it correctly – NOT JUST BECAUSE IT IS THERE!!! Avoid flailing arm moves, and be aware of posture, breathing & technique.

Note: Some people should never use equipment- make sure they understand this. Offer and explain that they have a choice. Go through as many conditioning sets through the program as time and skills allow – using different basic moves and muscles to target as much FUNCTIONAL movement as possible. You can still have fun!

Cool Down & Relaxation: Give everyone chance to feel good about the program. Make sure the tight muscles are re-stretched and there is time spent on breathing & relaxation. Make announcements about what is coming up. Any tips for the day, thank people for coming, and clean up. If you have more questions please contact:
Make sure everyone has experienced a great workout.

 You will need to complete BOTH exams within 6 months of the training date OR 6 months of the home study purchase date.

 Email is the best system for ANY Certification Questions 

Note that not all of the Head Office Staff are versed in Exercise Science. If you have a question and do not have access to email – please fax to 416 621 0951 or leave a message on the voice mail.
Report cards are then written for both theory & practical’s ( and we email the report card to you). Once you are successful - you will receive an official  WaterART Certified Diploma, status and online profile recognition.
To Complete the Theory Exam  ( you have options)
  1. Email the answers  ( you only need to email us the answers as we know the questions)
  2. Mail a hard copy  (please track your package or exam  and you do not need a signature upon receipt only tracking number)
 
    
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