H2O Fitness Certification

WaterART Fitness offers many levels of on-site and home study education. We specialize in education for instructors, group instructors, personal trainers, health care providers and consumers. We offer both land and water fitness programs either through onsite training events or home study education.

WaterART is an acronym for understanding how to design purposeful programs. We believe that the application of science is an art. We know that training in the water and on land requires different skill sets. We encourage our professionals to explore both career paths.  Each modality will require specialized training for a better understanding on how training on land (with gravity) is different from training in water (using the protection and properties of water).

Whether teaching on land or in the water, a leader must design programs that will help the individual participant gain results whether in a group or training individually. We have developed education for general programming as well as more specific programming so that a professional may specialize their skills to provide more teaching opportunities.

Comprehensive Certification Programs requiring both practical and theory examinations.
Specialty Certification Programs requiring only a theory exam if the candidate has Comprehensive Certification.

Comprehensive Certifications

Shallow & Deep H2O Instructor Certification

Our most popular and group exercise foundation program explores shallow and deep water depths. This general program will provide leaders with a template for blending exercise science with the properties of water. Learn to create a safe, balanced and total body aquafit program.

This fitness leadership journey generally takes an instructor through both theory and practical applications. Candidates do not have to be a lifeguard or have any experience to join this the program. Candidates will have up to six months to complete the certification after the training.  Whether you call this aqua aerobics, waterfit, water exercise, H2O Fitness – we welcome anyone interested in leading and teaching vertical water fitness to enroll in this course.

 Senior H2O Fitness Instructor Certification

Aquatic exercise  is the wave of the future. Most participants in a group exercise are 55+ so helping them to improve functionality with water exercise is key for aging well.  Research clearly illustrates how movement will improve ADL’s (activities of daily living). Training in water provides a protective environment which naturally balances the body to easily train posture and balance. This program will cover methodology, properties of water and how specific exercises will have a positive effect for the aging population, screening and safety considerations for the aging population and medical conditions. This program is perfect for anyone who would like to help and benefit the senior population with common medical issues.

 Personal Trainer H2O Specialist Certification

The largest area of growth for the fitness industry is personal training. This is also an excellent option for learning how to train one on one or small group training. We do recommend completing our foundation program prior to this level. This advanced program will review training principles to effectively target components of fitness and performance, review a total body assessments to better understand the difference between land and water programming. This will help the trainer to provide results in less time to their clients. Learn to evaluate and progress your clients training regime with aquatic exercise. Focus on the how to identify a baseline for  muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and  posture training. Effectively target your clients needs, abilities and goals.

H2O Rehabilitation Instructor for General Populations Certification

This program requires an advanced understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise design so experience in the aquatic fitness industry is important. H2O Aquatic Rehabilitation for General Populations is designed to give a comprehensive overview of exercises suitable for a general population recovering from injury, replacement surgery, and other debilitating conditions that prevent them from enjoying full mobility with daily living. In other words, this program is for less able bodied client coming to the water (as compare to the aquatic rehabilitation for athletic populations program). 

H2O Rehabilitation Instructor for Athletic Populations Certification

This program is an advanced aquatic training program for individuals involved in rehabilitation developed by a physiotherapist. You will require an superior understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, and water exercise design -we recommend candidates have completed two levels of WaterART prior to this course.  Please note that instructors who are not registered therapists may not use the title “therapist”. Only registered therapists may utilize the term. Seasoned instructors are an important part of the wellness continuum so they will need to learn about the rehabilitation process.

H2O Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification

Sports Conditioning Program is an advanced intensity program that explores many types of individual and group sports activities. Learn an effective way to exercise without wear and tear on the joints. Water exercise or aquatic fitness provides the support and natural ability to actively recover and rejuvenate the muscles, heart and joints. No swimming skills – the goal is to provide an athletic vertical water fitness program. Our program combines intervals and circuit training techniques.  Water specific equipment will be explored to progress the sports instructor  with tools to challenge even the seasoned water fitness athlete.

Specialty Certifications

 Shallow H2O Instructor Certification

This shallow water program provides candidates with a system for designing total body general populations group exercise classes.  Instructors will learn exercise science and programming for the many skills and fitness levels that attend classes (swimmers and non swimmers). Whether you are a new Instructor or just needing an upgrade – this program has been innovated to help Instructors teach more practically. Aquafit equipment such as pool noodles, mitts and dumbbells may be  introduced.

Deep H2O Instructor Certification

Working out in deep water is more challenging because, in deep, the body’s center of balance is at the chest whereas, in shallow water, the balance is at the feet that are more easily anchored down to the pool floor. In order to effectively work in deep water, each person must learn and maintain good balance skills to anchor the core muscles against buoyancy. Aquatic Fitness equipment such as noodles, buoyancy belts and other advanced equipment will be reviewed.

Mind Body H2O Instructor Certification

Water exercise may uniquely blend the principles and techniques of  yoga, Pilates, tai chi and other mindful movement disciplines into a unique water experience.   Candidates will learn to design a complete mindful movement group exercise program or  simply use these movements for relaxation and stress relief at the end of a class.  Both cool and warm water pools may be safely and effectively programmed in this blend of new aquatic fitness ideas. 

 Parent & Toddler H2O Aquatic Instructor Certification

This program is designed to help parents maintain and enjoy fitness as they exercise with their baby or toddler through the early years. Train healthy lifestyle and bond to your child with  water exercise.  Candidates will learn how to use music, movement, water play, functional exercise to facilitate parent-child bonding time with exercise. This aquatic fitness class should be 30 minutes and is designed for parents with babies/tots aged 8 months to 18 months or with toddlers from 18 months to 3 years. This training will review programs for both swimmer and non swimmer parents.

 Pre & Post Natal H2O Instructor Certification

Water exercise is an excellent modality for pre and post-natal fitness. Based on American College of Obstetrician Gynocologist (ACOG) exercise guidelines  review safety and contraindications to exercise.  Learn how to modify and program specific to water exercise and the different goals and needs of expectant mothers. Shallow and or deep water exercise will be reviewed to program both swimmers and non swimmers. This is one of the most common clients we see in water fitness classes during and after pregnancy.

Kids H2O Instructor Certification

Kids require fun and exercise! This program is extremely easy to organize and implement. Whether you teach this aquatic exercise program as part of swim lesson time or as a separate unit, this program will provide new activities (note: this is not swim lessons and all ages 6-12 may partake).   This basic program  will review 10 lesson plans and is especially valuable for  lifeguards to how to teach water fitness or aquafit.  The program may be facilitated in either shallow or deep water depths. Basic equipment such as noodles, splash balls and buoyancy belts may be easily incorporated. Keep kids healthy start exercise young.

Shape Up And H2O Train Instructor Certification

Weight management is a lifetime journey. Maintaining a regular exercise program while providing specific water fitness exercises for your clients is necessary to help them to achieve long-term results. Obesity and exercise helps many medical conditions including people with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases as well as those with joint issues. Exercise and positive lifestyle choices may greatly help reduce the physical, emotional, and financial challenges arising from being overweight. Water fitness offers unique protection and pain free mobility (unique to land exercise). Learning specific exercise inventory will help move and burn the butter.

H2O Walking Instructor Certification

Walking is the #1 functional activity that keeps a person  independent. Walking in the water may support and protect the less abled as well as challenge those people who think aquafit or water aerobics is easy.  Aquatic fitness walking will review 100+ ways to  improve your gait variety in stretching, strengthening,  cardiovascular conditioning as well as provide an enjoyable workout. Moving through the water with a variety of walking patterns and progressions will provide additional core, balance,  mobility, and  posture benefits, and this program will prevent  momentum and torque on the joints which is commonly utilized in vertical water exercise programs.

H2O Running Instructor Certification

This advanced intensity program will review both shallow and deep water depths.  This training will explore aquatic running with High Intensity Interval Training System (HIITS) lesson plan as well as  total body muscular balancing approach for injury prevention. Runner’s on land should utilize water exercise to also recover more quickly with land exercise. Aquafit Running has been researched to help athletes on land improve their running times and goals. Injured runner’s may stay protected and train with non impact loading in the deep water. Buoyancy belts, tethers, cuffs and other advanced water equipment may be incorporated into this training.

Arthritis H2O Instructor Certification

This is the most popular certification after our foundation programs. Millions of people have some form of arthritis and more gentle aquatic fitness programs are growing in popularity. Learn how to modify and progress exercises as well as vary impact and intensity to meet the needs of a multi level arthritis water exercise program. Course will review common forms of arthritis, exercise design & safety guidelines, aquatic class design, functional range of motion and joint actions, and provide an arthritis-specific exercise inventory. This session may be done in regular pools or warm water pools.

 Common Movement Disorders  H2O Instructor Certification

Investigate common movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or stroke so you may design programs suitable for the variety of conditions found among clientele with these conditions. Learn how to incorporate necessary  functional exercises to aid with activities of daily living (ADLs) as well as incorporate balance and posture retraining, muscular strengthening, flexibility and agility. This program is suitable for both swimmers and non swimmers as well as caregivers and regular water fitness instructors. This is an excellent entry level program.

Weight Management Programs

Comprehensive Certification

Managing A Healthy Weight Instructor Certification

Upgrade your skills and review a program that emphasizes wellness and positive lifestyle change. Whether you are learning healthy habits for your personal use or tips on how to apply them to your classes, this program is an excellent tool to help everyone manage a healthy weight and losing weight and becoming more healthy is the #1 reason people attend a program.

The Managing a Healthy Weight workbook combined with an instructional video will take you through pertinent information on basic nutrition and strategies to improve your lifestyle.


Specialty Certification

Weight Management Consultant Certification

As a Certified Weight Management Consultant you will have the tools to be confident to deliver the 10 week Managing a Healthy Weight Program. This program may be facilitated as an adjunct to group exercise programs or as a new program to attract and maintain people struggling with an unhealthy lifestyle. You will receive the complete materials to get this program off the ground! This training will provide the Consultant with a system that will help the individual incorporate behavior strategies and techniques to create positive lifestyle change. The program will emphasize regular physical activity, proper nutrition and a healthy attitude toward body image.