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.
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.