Good leaders are not born. People become good leaders by drawing on
and learning from their myriad of life experiences, by taking counsel
from the experience of others and by understanding that leadership
skills are gained through practice, practice and more good practice.
may become a great leader. Those with energetic, outgoing, confident
personalities may find it easier than those who are quiet, more cautious
and less confident, but everyone has the capability to lead.
keys to become a successful leader are: motivation, perseverance,
patience and passion. Additionally, to become a good aquatic fitness
leader you must:
obtain the necessary knowledge and skills
enjoy working with people
learn effective communication and interaction skills
that teaching adults( aquatic fitness programs may range from aged 18
-90 years old) is a very diverse and complex undertaking. An
instructor/personal trainer has to wear many hats and, at any point in
time, may have to be a teacher, a coach, a facilitator, an organizer as
well as a friend. There are so many variables to consider when managing a
group of people, especially if they have many abilities and skills and
most learn differently. The instructor must create a structure that
meets the diverse interests and abilities of a group. This entails
developing a variety of techniques to help train individuals in the
group with different needs. This could be helping someone understand
basic cardiovascular movement and others understanding the many muscle
movements that will be used in a program. The end goal is to present
meaningful material in a way that is both interesting and positive
thereby establishing a supportive, non-threatening and enjoyable
WaterART Fitness training offers 4 main formats for
learning to enable everyone to feel comfortable, engaged and ultimately
successful with growing as a professional and learning the material.
Reading the manual, educational handouts and monthly e-newsletters,
reviewing the study guide questions and answers, viewing the laminated
reference cards, wall charts, and DVD library,( there are now 90 DVDs
and all available via hard copy or video streaming) – we are currently
working on DVD091 which will be 7-8 New Rehabilitation Educational
viewing the power point presentations ( Tutorials are guided by a Master Trainer via video streaming)
With onsite training via a Certified Master Trainer and/or via DVDs and
Tutorials, you may listen to the materials over and over again.
Hearing, remembering and understanding the terminology and information
is really important as you grow your technical skills. NO one may learn
everything in one training session or program. You keep building on your
knowledge and skills.
movement and looking in good form and posture. Most instructors do not
come from professional athletic or dance backgrounds –so learning to
move and helping people move (that is the goal of your class) is
critical to helping your classes gain the most results. Whether a land
session or a water session, a professional should always be able to
understand the feeling of the exercises. – in other words, if you don’t
know what the movement “feels” like, you cannot understand how to help
people move. With water exercise, getting in the water and feeling how
to move and what you are moving is imperative to exercise and teaching
the movement both on deck and in the water . All of our programs provide
reference cards and sample program cards to try and feel and thereby
teach your students how each move may be performed safely and
believes in practical application to show that each instructor CAN
teach effectively. All comprehensive programs have mandatory practical
assessments because we know that the fastest way to learn to teach is to
put together a full sample program. We always recommend practicing on
yourself (keep yourself fit), teach your peers, teach your friends or
family, teach in front of a mirror, teach in front of a video and see
and hear yourself and take a critical look and ask yourself: “Would I
like to take a class with this Instructor?”
We know videoing
yourself isn’t easy but it is an honest way to look at your programs.
Take the time to evaluate and write down answers to the following
What did I do well?
What can I improve on?
Should I talk louder?
Could I move more expressively?,
Was I clear and concise with my directions?
that successful leaders are not born -they are created because of good
practice and perseverance. Evolving to being a great leader takes hard
work and constant self evaluation and ongoing upgrading. We know that
often we don’t hear all the good feedback –but there is lots of kind
words and good things that people do say when you ask what they liked or
learned at a program. Check that out and you will appreciate that
putting in time and energy for a balanced, safe and effective program is
well worth the journey.
Thank you to all of our Gold Certified Instructors with 5 or more levels of WaterART Fitness Certification.
Fine Tuning Your Instructor Skills with WaterART's NEW Tutorial series - Guided Master Training via Video Streaming or DVD