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AEA Certification & Education
• AEA provides various training programs for the beginner to the intermediate and advanced professional.
• Obtaining AEA Certification is the gold standard in the fitness industry and once achieved, it is THE LEVEL to be at.
• Continuing education workshops provide practical applications, evidence based-tried and true successful programming.
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For details on the AEA Certification Exam, please go to the Certification area of our website.

Aquatic Fitness Professional Practical & Skill Applications Course - 8 Hours
Attend the hands-on workshop to help you become a certified professional
CECs: AEA 7.0*, ACE 0.6, AFAA 5.0, ATRI 6.0, BOC 6.0

This hands-on workshop, taught by AEA Training Specialists, is designed to reinforce the recommended self-study resources. This workshop provides theoretical review, classroom movement and pool application that can help you enhance your level and skill! Bring the study materials to life! This course targets muscles, equipment & movement; techniques for altering intensity; programming & leadership skills including deck instruction – all in an easy to understand format. This program does NOT cover all examination objectives and advanced study is highly recommended.

The AFP day-long course outline can be downloaded from the website or directly from your event confirmation.

* AEA CECs issued to individuals who are currently AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Certified ONLY, and not to those sitting for the Certification Examination.

AEA Educational Programs

Designed to help professionals expand knowledge in specific populations, formats and programming; these programs are offered exclusively by AEA Trainers.

AquaBata Shallow
CECs: AEA 3.0 ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, BOC 2.0
Take advantage of the latest trend in fitness to deliver the next level of training to your aquatic programs.  High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), including the specialized Tabata format, transitions into the water with high-powered results.  Minimal choreography, maximal results – AquaBata training is the hottest workout in the pool that attracts a younger market, including men! AqauBata….for an Aqua Body!

Aquatic Cardio Programs
CECs: AEA 3.0 ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Discover the key concepts necessary to create safe, effective and enjoyable shallow water aerobic programs. Creative sequencing, smooth transitions and movement variations will help leaders to develop a unique style of choreography or movement progression. All aquatic professionals can benefit from this hands-on application of the physical properties of water in various cardio class formats.

Aquatic Circuit Applications 2
CECs: AEA 3.0 ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Circuit training can open your pool to a wide array of training options that are time efficient and fun.  Part 2 of this popular workshop offers all new ideas for creative circuit training in shallow water, along with suggestions for deep-water formats. Explore instructor-guided and self-guided methods to provide optimum results for your pool, your participants and your teaching personality.  Innovative ideas fuse cardio and resistance training to help participants achieve fitness goals.

Aquatic Interval Applications
CECs: AEA 3.0 ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Create dynamic interval formats for the pool that can be adjusted for various ages and abilities through Work: Recovery ratios, movement tempos, exercise choices and impact options. This interactive workshop will assist you in developing motivating aquatic interval programs to enhance training results for participants and allow you to lead the workout safely & effectively from the pool deck.

Aquatic Kick Boxing
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, BOC 2.0
Explore innovative, safe and effective aquatic Kick Boxing! This program is great for group fitness instructors, small group fitness leaders, trainers and coaches! This interactive non-stop format includes movement modifications and adaptations for the pool. Learn basics and beyond to successfully build techniques into programs for all ages and fitness levels. Explore the benefits of three modalities; stand-alone training, combination programming and multi-sport fitness workout options.

Aquatic Resistance Formats
CECs: AEA 3.0 ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Resistance training takes on a new meaning when you effectively use the power of the water! This interactive workshop helps you to develop a library of training options for group fitness, small group fitness and personal training.  Learn universal principles for resistance training and how to apply those concepts to the water!  Options for drag, buoyant and rubberized equipment are discussed..

Aquatic Yoga & Pilates Fundamentals
CECs: AEA 3.0 ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
A motivating interval format integrates Pilates & Yoga techniques with cardio training to create mind-body programming suitable for cooler water temperatures (83-86F). Pilates' concepts target the "powerhouse" muscles of the core; cardio components burn calories and keep the participant warm.  Expand group exercise and personal training options with this functional fusion of training principles for the pool.

Boot Camp Deep
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, BOC 2.0
Take your boot camp to the deep and experience suspended training with a high intensity, non-choreographed workout. Learn how to employ a variety of body positions (vertical, horizontal and diagonal), as well as specific training drills that utilize the pool wall. Command attention in your deep-water classes with challenging formats geared for advanced training. Lower intensity modifications will be discussed.

Boot Camp Shallow
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, BOC 2.0
Ten-hut! Push participants past training plateaus with a platoon of shallow water training designed to target fitness components of agility, balance, coordination and speed in addition to cardio capacity. This no-nonsense workout formula delivers high-intensity training options, with and without equipment, to maximize results. Training tactics may not be suitable for beginning exercisers, persons with special needs or those unwilling to get their hair wet.

Core Training + Stretch Techniques
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Dive into a pool of core training techniques that include standing, traveling and buoyant options to develop dynamic strength for improved function. Learn options with, and without, equipment to meet a variety of goals and successfully target all skill levels. Flow into a sampler of stretching techniques – static, dynamic and equipment assisted options. From relaxing mind-body options for warm waters to fluid movements for cool pools, learn how to remain flexible in all environments!

Deeper Applications 2
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Dive deeper into aquatic programming applications by taking advantage of current trends in fitness.  Deeper Applications 2 offers updated information and creative new fitness formats to promote continued progression in your deep-water classes and personal training sessions.  Experience suspended high intensity interval training (HIIT) concepts, including the Tabata protocol, which effectively target the cardio system while challenging the core.

H2O Body Sculpting & Resistance Training
CECs: AEA 3.0. ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Add resistance, through the use of equipment and body positions, to create a shallow-water fitness program that targets muscular strength & endurance, range of motion and balance skills. Learn how to effectively integrate both impacting and grounded techniques to accommodate various fitness levels, as well as different pool considerations, such as water depth and temperature! This high-powered workout explores another level of training with controlled resistance.

Successful Senior Strategies
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Aquatic programming that targets the senior population spells success! From marketing and promotion to music and motivation, every concept of program design, development and implementation must be considered. Explore this creative collection of pool programs that are perfect for the older adult market: Circuits with Class; Interval Integration; Water Walk 101; Strong, Stretched & Senior. Take home four complete programs and ideas for getting started…successfully!

Upper Body, Core & More
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0, BOC 2.0
Heat up your shallow water classes with an array of upper body and core training applications. Learn how to apply fun, force and function to basic arm patterns building progressions for all goals and abilities. Next, explore how to integrate unilateral and bilateral upper body moves and impact variations for core training benefits. Finally, put it all together with and without equipment for endless combinations.

AEA educational programs typically include handouts that exceed 20 pages of specialized coverage, including complete choreography notes.

AEA Weekend events often provide a diverse mixture of AEA branded education and provider workshops developed by AEA Trainers featuring their field of expertise.


AEA Partnerships in Programming!  Enhance your skills with these specialized programs!

Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™ Training / Created By MW Associates
CECs: AEA 7.0, ACE 0.6, AFAA 6.0, ATRI 6.0, BOC 6.0
This specialty certificate program will give you practical and theoretical knowledge on techniques and programming based on aquatic alternative methods. Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi is a fusion training program designed to give you the skill to integrate yoga poses, Pilates exercises and Ai Chi movements to help clients increase their overall health and wellness. The lecture will include benefits and limitations, target markets, client adaptations and more.

Learn various applications that can incorporate into current aquatic sessions or create stand alone training programs.

  • Receive the Transitioning Yoga & Pilates Between Land and Water Manual by Dr. Mary Wykle, PhD which includes photos of all exercises, descriptions, modifications & contraindications on all movements, as well extra exercises not covered in the workshop
  • Take away form cues and instructional tips for teaching 21 yoga poses
  • Refresh your classes with 11 different Pilates exercises
  • Learn how to create transitional flow with Ai Chi like movements
  • Incorporate noodles with the yoga and Pilates movements




AquaStretchFoundations/Created By Exercise Elements
CECs: AEA 8.0, ACE 0.8, AFAA 6.75, ATRI 8.0

In the past, the primary wellness tools were diet and exercise. Now it's diet, exercise and AquaStretch. Especially for people who suffer from chronic pain, AquaStretch may initially be more important than exercise. If you are a fitness professional, just try AquaStretch once. It generally produces significant results in the first session and must be experienced in order to be truly understood and appreciated.

Feel the power and simplicity of the AquaStretch 4-Step Technique: Play - Freeze - Pressure - Move.

Learn how AquaStretchcan help restore flexibility, decrease pain, increase exercise training and efficiency, improve sports performance and improve general well being.

Experience how use of weighted resistance in shallow water can be used to dynamically stretch the body in ways virtually impossible on land resulting in significant pain reduction and movement freedom.

  • Registration fee includes copy of AquaStretch Foundations manual.
  • Course is limited to 12 participants to ensure guided practice & skill development.
  • Participants receive a certificate acknowledging 8-hours of theoretical & practical training.

Personal Pool Programming/Created By Innovative Aquatics
CECs: AEA 3.0, ACE 0.3, AFAA 3.0, ATRI 3.0
This specialty certificate program provides a combination of hands-on and online education for professionals interested in learning more about aquatic personal training and small group fitness training.

Each module will focus on key elements to give you the knowledge and tools to expand your career and increase your income potential!

Not interested in getting the specialty certificate? No problem! You can participate in one, two or three modules/workshops or take them all to meet the requirements of the specialty certificate.

Course Materials & Sample Forms Include:

  • Sample Training Programs
  • Movement Glossary
  • Initial Consultation Forms
  • Physician's/Health Care Provider Clearance
  • Nutritional Review Questionnaire
  • Client Session Log
  • Fitness Program Chart

Detailed Module information available in the Spring 2014! Check the AEA Website for more information!





NOTE: Other AEA approved provider education may be offered in conjunction with AEA Educational Programs and/or Review and Examination Courses. Please check the individual listing under the AEA Event Calendar and for more detailed event information.










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